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2013-07-11 / Sports

The Eagles Non-District Schedule

by Mike Organ

Coach Muhl takes over an Eagle football program with probably its second toughest non-district schedule in history. (Last year’s was first with two state champions.) The Eagles open with scrimmages against Caldwell and Marlin, the two easiest teams of the first six opponents. Caldwell is picked down in their district due to unrest in the program leadership. Marlin is picked fourth in their district behind three very strong programs.

The regular season opens with a trip to Crockett. The Bulldogs are graced with talent, as always. Will the staff be able to bring the talent together to form a formidable unit? This will be the second year under Coach Joe Kettler. The Dogs seem to be better than their 1-9 record from 2012. You can get bitten in the Dog pound!!

Defending 2A-DI champion Cameron is next on the trip to district. The Yoe are picked to win their district and are also #2 preseason pick in all of 2A. The defensive player of the year in the state, Somari Wright, returns at linebacker. Time will only tell how good he is without Edgar Luna playing nose guard in front of him. Offensively, they are still loaded. The road through Yoe could be bumpy.

Franklin is next on the Lexington itinerary. The Lions are, once again, loaded with the same winged-T offense that has proven itself over the last 60 years. Darius Floyd returns for one last try at Lexington. He has rushed for 6,439 yards in the three previous years. Less than 300 of that has come against Lexington in five games. The Lions will be ready to prove they should be #1 in their district and #6 in the state.

The final non-district trial for Lexington is defending 3A state champion Navasota. The Rattlers return a large group of starters from the gold medalist from last season. The Eagles will be well tested when this four-week run is over. With a little luck, and no injuries, the Eagles should do well in district play.

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