Athens Review, Athens, Texas

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July 9, 2014

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE: Malakoff recognized as top 50 team in Class 3A

Athens — The Malakoff Tigers had one of their most successful season in school history one year ago.

Now they are being recognized by the Old Coach FNF magazine.

The Tigers are ranked No. 21 in the state in Division I following an 11-2 campaign last year.

The 11 wins matched the most number of wins in a season in school history. The Tigers also won 11 games in 1940.

Last year’s 13 games played was the most ever in school history.

The Tigers are picked to finish second in District 11-3A, Division I this year.

Malakoff is aligned in a district with the Teague Lions, Elkhart Elks, Eustace Bulldogs, Kemp Yellowjackets and the Westwood Panthers.

The writers predicted the playoff streaks for the Tigers (5) and the Bulldogs (6) will continue for the Henderson County area.

The Tigers return senior running back and defensive end Marcus Dowell and last year’s utility player of the year in senior Braylon Cable.

Dowell was second on the team last year in rushing yards and touchdowns.

He finished the year with 1,015 yards and 22 touchdowns. He had 69 tackles with 22 for loss and 12 sacks.

The offensive line will be young and are led by senior Nelson Ochoa, who coach Jamie Driskell predicts will be a player to watch this season.

In Eustace, the Bulldogs are predicted to finish fourth under second-year coach Heath Ragle.

Ragle said in the magazine his offensive lineman will be key to a successful run this season.

Ragle has three lineman at over 250-pounds in seniors Thomas Hyde (6 foot, 0 inches, 290 pounds, D.J. Wisdom (5 foot, 11 inches, 250 pounds) and Mikey Marshall (6 foot, two inches, 290 pounds).

The size should help senior quarterback Brandon Morgan and junior running back Keenan Hargest in their run heavy offense.

The Kemp Yellowjackets look to return to their first playoff appearance in six seasons under first-year coach Brandon Hankins.

Hankins takes over the program from Greg Anderson, who led the program for six seasons.

The writers predict Kemp to finish in fifth place in the district.

The Yellowjackets will be led under center by sophomore quarterback Elijah Gardner, who replaces Corey Watkins following graduation.

Kemp will be running a triple option offense this season and receivers David Dennis, Matt House and Calbert Hukill could have big seasons according to the magazine.

Class 2A

In Class 2A, the Cross Roads Bobcats look to make some noise in District 11-2A, Division I under second-year coach Jim Bradford.

The Bobcats are picked to finish in fifth place among the six teams this season.

The writers are predicting the district champion will be the Cayuga Wildcats, followed by the Alto Yellowjackets, Carlisle Indians, Kerens Bobcats, Cross Roads and Grapeland Sandies.

The Bobcats finished the 2013 season with a 3-7 record and return All-Henderson County first team quarterback Aaron Arden.

The junior threw for 1,488 yards and 12 touchdowns last year.

Top players to watch for the Bobcats are junior running back LaTrey Chaney and Skyler Himes.

At wide receiver, the writers say to keep an eye out for junior Cody Baker and seniors Justin Disotell, Justin Vaughan and Trey Hazelip.

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