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2009-06-25 / Sports

Eagles Picked 3rd

by Mike Organ

The bible of high school football,

Texas Football, has hit the newsstands. The Lexington Eagles are picked to place third in District 25-AA by the magazine. Academy was picked as the district favorite and huge Salado was tabbed for second. Last season Florence was picked to be in the playoffs but won only one game by a score of 13-12.

The Academy Bees are a good pick not only for their returning lettermen, but for a couple of boys returning to Academy. Former Academy coach Tom Mueller, coached at Jarrell last season and returned his two boys to Academy in the spring. If approved, the two will make Academy an even more solid favorite than

Texas Football predicts. The Bees will miss magic man, Chase Gommert, who keyed their offense last season. Academy racked up 378 yards last year against Lexington. Only 66 of those yards return in the form of running back Layton Willis. The rest of the 312 yards graduated. Aaron Mueller scored two TD's and a pass reception for Jarrell vs. Lexington last season. The Bees look good, but they will be playing in Lexington this year and maybe the Eagles will get the calls this season.

Salado is huge with three returning linemen that average over 6'3" and 265 lbs. They are a might slow, but very big. The Red Eagles will be a force to contend with throughout the season due to their size and blocking ability. They are lacking in experience of playing time, but they have been in the same program for years and don't have to think on the field, just react and block. Salado could be susceptible to a quick team that can pass the football.

Lexington returns six players that started as sophomores. The six are joined by two others so the Eagle defense looks formidable. Not mentioned in the magazine is Dylan Iselt, who intercepted several passes last season, returning one for a necessary TD in the narrow win over Mart. Iselt inter- cepted other important passes in the 2008 season.

Tyler Moerbe, Chase Sherrill, Chance Sherrill, Austin Bivins, Spencer Taylor, and Xavier Ward are defensive returners along with Taylor Roberson and Clint Hutson.

Offensively for the Eagles, Clint Hutson will get all the attention. Hutson rushed 199 times last season for 1,102 yards and caught 17 passes for 362 yards. Chance Sherrill is the other offensive returner. Sherrill rushed 27 times for 162 yards last season and caught nine passes for 133 yards. Gone are big offensive linemen, Michael Brown and Chase Dube. The rest are returning and with Chase Sunvison and Austin Bivins taking their spots the offensive line looks to be better this season.

Overlooked in this issue is Rogers. The Black and Gold are always competitive in football. Their offense is tough to stop and they return seven offensive regulars from last season when they were just learning the new offense. Roges did have a poor outing in their bi-district match against Hallettsville when the Brahmas were able to stifle Rogers' vaunted offense. District 25-AA coaches all have a copy of that film and will be ready for Rogers' offense this season.

Lago Vista made a good showing in the district track meet showing some speed and quickness. The Vikings could be the surprise team in this very competitive district. The trip to the Hill Country is not always pleasant for visiting teams.

Only Florence seems to be out of the race before it starts. And even the Buffs could surprise, because of their proximity to Fort Hood. A few good athletes could move in during the summer. Jarrell appears to be in for a rebuilding year also, but could surprise, witness last season's multi-overtime game with Lexington.

Picked by the Leader will be: Academy, Lexington, and Rogers in the playoffs, with a hard push by Salado. Lago Vista will beat at least one of the playoff teams.

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