DISTRICT 15-2A, D-II: Bloomington aims for wins; Karnes City, the playoffs
After a year of getting accustomed to head coach Jim Wood, the Karnes City Badgers should find themselves in the playoff mix out of District 15-2A, Div. II.
Wood called the 2012 Badgers a tougher team and the team looks to get back in the postseason after missing the playoffs last year.
"They adapted well and I have very good senior leadership," Wood said about the team.
The Badgers return seven offensive and eight defensive starters from a team that went 3-7 last season, including a 2-4 district record.
Getting the ball to junior Kenneth Glenn will be key for the Badgers this season, meaning Glenn will move from quarterback to running back this season after throwing for 425 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 658 yards and seven scores rushing in 2011.
"It's going real good, he's made the transition well," said Wood about Glenn.
Philip Vaughan will continue to be a presence in the Badgers secondary after intercepting opposing quarterbacks seven times from the safety position last year.
The Nixon-Smiley Mustangs look to be in the playoff mix with a more experienced team in 2012.
Running back Miguel Hernandez and 5-foot-9, 245-pound offensive tackle Logan McMain look to duplicate the success of the Mustangs' wing-T offense. Nixon-Smiley averaged 30 points per game in district.
District rivals scored 33 points per game against Nixon-Smiley in 2011.
Instability has been the norm for the Bloomington Bobcats, but new head coach Layne Elkins hopes to change the culture of the program beginning in 2012.
"Our goals are no different from anybody else's in the state of Texas," Elkins said. "We want to win, bottom line."
Elkins is the program's eighth head football coach in the last 11 years. He was hired in May after serving as an assistant for three years at Cuero.
Running back and linebacker Ian Thompson will be relied upon this season for the Bobcats.
Bloomington is returning six offensive and eight defensive starters from a team that was 1-9, including an 0-7 district mark, in 2011.
The Bobcats have lost 51 consecutive district games and haven't had a winning season since 1998. Bloomington hasn't made the playoffs since 1999.
• Coach: Jim Wood
• Years at current school: 2
• Record at current school: 3-7
• Years as head coach: 5
• Overall record: 17-23
• Last year's record: 3-7, 2-4 in district
• Last playoff appearance: 2010, bi-district
• Returning starters: QB/CB KD Glenn, WR/FS Philip Vaughan, OG/DE Austin Block, LB Chance Leal, QB/OLB Garrett Liska, DT Zack Pawelek, OT Lucas Janysek, TE Steven Starnes, WR/OLB Devontrey Forth, CB David Glenn, LB John Garcia, C Nick Quintanilla.
• Coach: Carlton McKinney
• Years at current school: 4
• Record at current school: 9-21
• Years as head coach: 4
• Last year's record: 5-5, 3-3 in district
• Last playoff appearance: 2005, bi-district
• Returning starters: FB/LB Jared Van Auken, OL/DL Lo gan McMain, OL/DL Robert Lopez, SE/FS Garrett Early win, TB/CB Miguel Hernandez, OL/DL Rioval Rodriguez, C/LB Jacob Perez, QB/FS Rodolfo Acevedo.
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• Coach: Layne Elkins
• Years at current school: 1
• Years as head coach: 1
• Last year's record: 1-9, 0-7 district
• Last playoff appearance: 1998
• Returning starters: WR/DB John Mendez, RB/LB Ian Thompson, QB/DB Ruben Aguirre, OL/LB David Lla mas, OL Alex Aguirre, OL Zach Depine, OL Max Aguayo, OL/DL Tanner Cha vana, DB Josh Cantu, LB Nathaniel Sanchez, DE Joseph Martinez, DL Devon Pinon, DB Keanu Escamilla.