Wimberley picked to repeat as grid champ, Doggies fifth

The 2001 edition of Texas Football is on the newsstands with outstanding stories about West Texas’ most favorite sport. Included in the 352-page colorful issue is a report of District 26-3A of which the Brady Bulldogs are a member. The magazine picks Wimberley to repeat as the district champion with Burnet right behind and Ingram Tom Moore in third place. That’s the way the league finished last season as the Jay Jones-coached Brady Bulldogs just barely missed the playoffs even though they finished the year with a rather dismal 3-7 record. Jones is gone, and his immediate replacement, former assistant coach Nathan Headrick, only lasted two months, accepting a graduate assistant coaching position with R.C. Slocum’s Texas A&M Aggies around the first of May. The Brady ISD trustees named Davy DuBose the new head coach/athletic director on May 31, and he’ll be at the helm of the Dogs’ ship when he moves to Brady. He’s expecting to be here from Howe (just south of Sherman in north Texas) around July 1. DuBose is a veteran of 24 seasons as a head coach, and he will lead the Dogs when the season opens on Aug. 31 here against Coleman. But back to Dave Campbell’s annual production of Texas Football: Here’s the magazine’s prediction of this fall’s finish in District 26-3A: 1. Wimberley Texans’Coach: Dan Burk. 14 lettermen, 7-8 starters, return from 11-1 Division II area finalist. 18 lettermen lost. Players to watch: RB-LB Brent Slaughter (5-11, 210, 4.5), WR-DB Mikey Meeks (5-11, 175, 4.5), OL-DT Alex Villaret (6-3, 270, 5.2), OL-DL Chris Leonard (6-0, 220, 4.9), OL-DE Karl Spatz (6-4, 215, 4.9), RB-LB Andy Bertelsen (6-0, 210, 4.8), TE-DE Matt Bohannon (6-3, 195, 4.8). Other returning starters: OL-DL Alexis Sauceda (5-10, 215), LB Seth Anderson, DB Justin Riddle, DB Jason Pesl, C Chris Koehler. Other lettermen, top prospects: WR-DB Chad Green, WR-DB Lance Mosley, QB-DB Daniel Polhemus. Notes: The versatile Slaughter (243-1,471, 20 TDs, 153 tackles) was the district’s most valuable player on defense and an all-district RB. Meeks was the district’s best all-around player (40-694, 2 TDs receiving and 5 interceptions). Five other first-team all-district players and two second-teamers also return. The defense allowed only 230 yards total offense a game, and if an adequate quarterback is found, the Texans could be better. 2. Burnet Bulldogs’Coach: Bob Shipley. 18 lettermen, 4-4 starters, return from 6-5 team. 14 lettermen lost. Players to watch: WR-DB Jonathan Floyd (6-0, 172, 4.5), OL-DL Dustin Dunn (5-10, 225, 5.3), DE-TE Brannon Barrett (6-1, 195, 4.6), OL-DL J.D. Calhoun (6-2, 245, 5.2), LB-FB Josh Johnson (5-11, 170, 4.6), RB Patrick Miller (5-8, 180, 4.5), OL-DL Eddy Parker (6-4, 265, 5.3). Other lettermen, top prospects: WB-DB Justin Headrick, WR-DB Simon Harrison, OL-DL Ian Woods, OL-DL Ricky Gonzales, WR-K Gabe Ortiz, OL-DL Michael Ingram, WR-DB Dustin Martin, WR-DB Warren Christian, FB-DL Mark Manning, OL-DL Eddie Rolleman (6-3, 245), QB-DB Stephen McGee, QB-WR Jordan Shipley. Notes: Coach Shipley says the players have responded well to the new system and expect a lengthy playoff run. Miller (90-883, 13 TDs) heads the offensive returnees while Floyd (62 tackles) and Christian (2 interceptions) are top dogs on defense. Jordan Shipley, the coach’s son, was second-team Class A all-state kick returner and third-team wide receiver as a freshman. 3. Ingram Tom Moore Warriors’Coach: Johnny Burleson, 16 lettermen, 7-8 starters return from 5-6 team. 11 lettermen lost. Players to watch: OT-DT-P Eric Jacoby (5-11, 240, 5.1), TE-DE Jason Henderson (6-3, 185, 4.9), FB-DB Jon Mayhall (5-10, 170, 4.8), RB-LB Kaku Barkoh (6-0, 175, 4.9) FB-LB Chris Cawthon (6-0, 172, 4.9), NG Juan Torres (5-10, 185, 4.9), RB-DB Michael Hawkins (5-9, 163, 4.7). Other returning starters: DB Courtney Meriwether, RB-DB Jesse Garza, OG James Jeffers, DE Byron Ranton, DT Eric Trevino, OG Nick Plumb, OT Micah Houck, TE-DT Tyler Turner (6-2, 218), WR-DE Jeremy Felish, WR-DB Justin Faust. Top prospect: QB Robert Taylor. Notes: Coach Burleson says the off-season program is making big strides, and he hopes last year’s inaugural 3A playoff appearance will breed more success. Felish suffered a broken collarbone in the second week and Henderson had a broken arm in the seventh game, but both are back. Jacoby was all-district both ways and averaged 40.1 yards punting. Mayhall (50 unassisted tackles, 2 interceptions) heads the defense. 4. Llano Yellowjackets’Coach: Craig Agnew. 12 lettermen, 7-4 starters, return from 2-8 team. 10 lettermen lost. Players to watch: TE Hank Oestreich (6-4, 205, 4.9). Other returning starters: DB Brian Edwards, WR-DB Jason Smith, FB-DE Matt Inge, C-DE John Malone, OG-LB Joel Bush, OG-DT Justin Morgan (6-2, 240), OG-DT Kenny Rhea (6-1, 250), LB Blake Stephenson. Notes: Coach Agnew, who led Barlett to the Class A state title two years ago, was hired in the spring and has to develop skill position players. The offense scored only 104 points and averaged 238.6 yards a game. Oestreich and Rhea were all-district. 5. Brady Bulldogs’Coach: (the magazine states that Nathan Headrick is the coach, but his replacement was made too late to make the change) Davy DuBose. 15 lettermen, 5-5 starters, return from 3-7 team. 14 lettermen lost. Players to watch: RB-DB Johnny Menefield (5-10, 175, 4.6), OL-DL Jacob Allred (6-0, 272, 5.0), LB Zach Brown (6-0, 230, 4.7), LB Hunter Wilkinson (6-2, 180, 4.8), OL-DL Fidel Huerta (5-9, 225, 4.9), K Jody Jones (5-9, 155, 4.7). Other returning starters: QB Clifton Tally, LB Justin Estes. Other lettermen, top prospects: OL-DL Bryan Parks (6-1, 245), DB Blake Raybion, OL-DL Jason Wood. Notes: Coach Headrick says Menefield, a two way all-district choice (141-703, 13 TDs rushing, 87 tackles, 3 interceptions), has big-play ability, Brown is a big hitter at linebacker and has nice hands for a tight end, Allred is strong against the run, Wilkinson and Huerta are quick and agile and Jones is an accurate, consistent kicker. 6. Liberty Hill Panthers’Coach: Jerry Vance. 17 lettermen, 7-8 starters, return from 2-8 team. 6 lettermen lost. Players to watch: QB Chase Wasson (5-11, 165, 4.7), DB Tyler Winstead (5-10, 165, 4.7), RB Shane Carr (6-1, 195, 4.7), DL Levi Jones (6-0, 210, 5.4) Other returning starters: OL-DL Gabe Mendez, DB Zeke Hamilton, C Chris Brull, DE Jacob Glosson, WR Calvin King, TE Brackston Hilde-brand, DB Jaime Ramirez, LB Shane Floyd, DB Hector Serrato, OL Stephen Openshaw. Notes: QB Wasson (78-161-5), 1,207 yards, 12 TDs) has a good release, good feet, good instincts, is a good competitor and a leader, says his former coach. Winstead has good instincts, quick and very competitive. Sophomore King is a top returning receiver (13-139). The Panthers could contend for a playoff spot. Vance, who spent the past four years as defensive coordinator at San Marcos, last served as a head coach in 1976 and 1977 at Dimmit.

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