Six-Man High Schools: 2013 football preview
These four schools start their football season tonight.
The Campbell Indians didn’t have too strong of a 2012, but things are getting a lot brighter for the Indians. Head coach David Toon only lost one player to graduation and he’s adding a great freshman class, including running back Diago Romero (5-7, 155).
The Indians only have three road games on their schedule, and their toughest games of the season come in the first and last game of their district schedule.
Only two teams make the playoffs in six-man football, so it could be tough for the Indians to make it this season with so much youth coming onto the team. But the future is definitely bright for Campbell.
Head Coach: David Toon 2012 Results: 2-8 Overall, 1-3 in District 15-6M DI Top Playmakers: Tanner Roberts, Jr., HB/ILB/WR 5-11, 170. Jacob Camp, So., QB/ILB/S 5-9, 145. Miguel Rico, Jr., C/NG 5-10, 320. RB Diago Romero, Fr., 5-7, 155.
Fruitvale enters the 2013 season having to replace several seniors from a squad that missed the playoffs, even though they had a 3-1 district record.
16 returning lettermen will help head coach Paul Johnston make another push for the playoffs, as he’s getting solid play from running back Dustin Earl and wide receivers Eric Lane, Stephen Holland and Gavino Rongel.
The offensive line is a concern, and the defense did give up a lot of big plays that lead to early leads becoming late defeats. Even so, a very competitive team looks to come back and surprise teams in the 2013 season.
Seven home games will certainly be helpful to the Bobcats, but there are still some tough games on Fruitvale’s schedule, including Trinity School of Texas (6-5 bi-district finalist, 2-1 in TAPPS 6M D II District 3), Savoy (10-1 area finalist, 3-0 in 12-6M DI), at Coolidge (6-4, 3-3 in 1A-6M) and hosting Apple Springs (9-2 bi-district finalist, 2-1 in District 16-6M DI) to end non-district play.
A road game at Leverett’s Chapel (9-3 area finalist, 3-1 in District 15-6M DI)is an extremely tough way to begin district, and hosting Fannindel (7-4 bi-district finalist, 3-1 in District 15-6M DI) next isn’t a walk in the park either. But if Fruitvale can beat one of these two teams, they stand a good chance of making it into the playoffs.
Head Coach: Paul Johnston 2012 Results: 5-5 Overall, 3-1 in District 15-6M DI Top Players: RB Dustin Earl, 5-10, 165. WR Eric Lane, 5-10, 165. LB Wade Johnson, 5-9, 170. WR Gavino Rongel, 6-1, 170. WR Stephen Holland, 5-10, 165.
Ladonia Fannindel Falcons
Gabe Lane, head coach of the Fannindel Falcons, has a lot to be excited about for the 2013 football season. He has several impressive starters returning to this team, and Leverett’s Chapel lost some key players as well; opening the door to win District 15-6M.
Running back Stephen Lock (1,746 rushing yards, 21 TD), safety Quincy Cuba (860 passing yards, 8 TD) and receiver E.J. Jones (640 receiving yards, 6 TD) are the returning stats leaders for the district, and on defense Jones is also very effective, snagging 4 interceptions and returning two of them for touchdowns.
A road game against Savoy (10-1 area finalist, 3-0 in District 12-6M) is the toughest challenge in non-district play, and in district Fannindel has it pretty tough with games at Fruitvale (5-5, 3-1 in District 15-6M) and hosting Leverett’s Chapel (9-3 area finalist, 3-1 in District 15-6M) to end the season.
Fannindel is currently picked to win the district, but there are only two playoff spots available.
Head Coach: Gabe Lane 2012 Results: 7-4 bi-district finalist, 3-1 in District 15-6M DI Top Playmakers: RB Stephen Lock, 5-10, 170; Rushing 1,746 yards, 21 TD. DB E.J. Jones, 5-8, 155; Receiving 640 yards, 6 TD. S Quincy Cuba, 5-8, 155; Passing 860 yards, 8 TD. DB Chris Day, 5-8, 150. QB Jarvis Wilburn, 5-9, 175.
The Savoy Cardinals had a dominate 2012 – losing only one game and running through their district undefeated – and head coach Clay Wilson is confident that this year’s team can be even better.
With 21 lettermen returning, a strong senior class, and only 1 starter graduated from 2012, the Cardinals definitely have what it takes to repeat as champions of District 12-6M DI.
The one starter that graduated in 2012 was all-district running back Justin Lawrence, but running back Musser (65 rushes for 692 yards and 7 touchdowns, First-Team All-District) is no pushover. Tight end Kaden Krumler (6-0, 190) and OL Tristan Allen provide some great size on offense, and center Riley Neal had 27 tackles last year.
Five games at home and just three on the road provide a favorable schedule for the Cardinals, who only need to have a better record than Saint Jo or Universal Academy to make the playoffs, as Advantage Academy is no longer part of District 12-6M DI.
Head Coach: Clay Wilson 2012 Results: 10-1 area finalist, 3-0 in District 12-6M DI Top Players: TE Kaden Kumler, 6-0, 190. WR Alex Caldwell, 5-10, 150. RB Adam Musser, 5-9, 145; Rushing 65-692 yards, 7 TD.