DISTRICT 15-1A, D-I: Five playoff teams, three spots open

The reaction of Kenedy coach Lin Havron when he found out his team ended up in District 15-1A, Division I is not printable, but understandable.

The district's five teams all made the playoffs last season, including Three Rivers, which gave Class 2A, Division II state champion Refugio arguably its stiffest test in the area round until the state final.

"If it isn't the toughest district in the state," Havron said, "I don't know another."

Kenedy lost in bi-district to Shiner, which went on to the quarterfinals before losing toe eventual state champion Mason.

Ganado, which was ranked No. 1 in the state for much of the season, lost to Mason in the regional round and Yorktown made it to bi-district.

"That's one of the reasons why we beefed up our non-district schedule," said Yorktown coach Trey Alexander. "It was because of our district."

Shiner was ranked No. 12 and Ganado No. 14 in the Class 1A preseason poll.

Shiner returns a number of players at the skill positions, but will be inexperienced on the line.

"We have to avoid turnovers and be more consistent moving the ball," said Shiner coach Steven Cerny. "We have to eliminate mistakes so we have an opportunity to get our skill players into space. Defensively, we have to come up with the big plays to give our offense a chance."

Ganado lost heavily to graduation, but coach Jimmy Thompson isn't concerned about his team's ability.

"We're still pretty talented," he said. "It's just that we're talented and inexperienced. We're going to make mistakes. We just hope we can quit making mistakes and at the end of the year we can be pretty good."

Yorktown lost some players at the skill positions, but returns eight starters on defense.

"We're going to have to play good defense," Alexander said. "If we play good defense, we'll be fine."

Teams will have to be at the top of their game to ensure a return to postseason play.

"They understand it is going to be a challenge," Havron said. "We're looking forward to it. It's a big hurdle, but we feel like we can be competitive."

Shiner

Comanches

• Coach: Steven Cerny

• Years at current school: 11

• Record at current school: 100-33

• Years at head coach: 11

• Last year's record: 8-6, 3-1 in district

• Last playoff appearance: 2011, quarterfinals

• Returning starters: QB/MLB Jacob Stafford, RB Caleb Curtis, C Cole Strauss, TE Caleb Kalich, SB Evel Jones, OLB Max Huth, DB Brady Cejka, DB Trevon Flowers

1Marcus ColemanSE/CBJr.
3Trevion FlowersQB/SSSr.
4Evel JonesWR/CBSr.
5Daniel HernandezSE/CBSr.
7Caleb KalichTE/DEJr.
9Jacob StaffordRB/LBJr.
11Brady CejkaQB/SSSr.
12Justin StovallSE/CBFr.
22Caleb CurtisRB/DESr.
24Rigo BaraySE/WSJr.
33Chad NeubauerRB/WSFr.
48Isidor CernyRB/CBSr.
49Brian KloeselTE/LBJr.
50Kris PatekOG/LBSr.
51Michael LawrenceOG/DTJr.
55Cole StraussC/SSSr.
57Hunter MrazC/LBJr.
61Joey OvertonOG/LBJr.
62Tanner PietschOT/DEJr.
63Jonathan AlbrechtOG/NGSr.
64Max HuthOG/LBSr.
67Weston RollerOG/NGJr.
71Nathan SchneiderOG/LBJr.
72Zach ArnoldOT/DTSr.
74Edwin WrightOG/NGSr.
77Jaace ChumchalOT/NGSr.
78Austin RemmersOT/NGSr.
79Craig KneifelOT/DEJr.

Ganado

Indians

• Coach: Jimmy Thompson

• Years at current school: 3

• Record at current school: 22-2

• Years as head coach: 24

• Overall record: 178-87-1

• Last year's record: 11-1, 4-0

• Last playoff appearance: 2011, regionals

• Returning starters: OL/LB Roman Leal, OL Will Malik, TE Thomas Parks, OL/LB Kenny Kocian, DB Clay Vese ly, LB Kaleb Leal, DB Ray Salazar, LB Kevin Gorman.

1Robert GambleRB/LBJr.
2Ray SalazarQB/LBJr.
3Taylor ThedfordWR/DBJr.
5Clay VeselyRB/DBJr.
7Kameron SmithRB/DBSo.
9Zach AndelWR/DBSr.
11Kenny KocianRB/LBSr.
19Jonathan MartinezQB/DBSo.
21Benny GarciaRB/LBJr.
22Kaleb LealRB/LBSo.
23Thomas ParksTE/DLJr.
27Kyle SparkmanWR/DBSr.
43Michael GarciaTE/DLSr.
49Billy JonesRB/DBJr.
50Hunter KeszlerOL/DLJr.
52Roman LealOL/DLSr.
54Nick SkoruppaOL/DLJr.
55Ryan ArriagaOL/DLSr.
60Braydan AndelOL/DLJr.
65Manuel AlmedaOL/DLJr.
67Will MalekOL/DLJr.
70Salvador AlmedaOL/DLJr.
71Tyler BauerleOL/DLSr.
72John TristanOL/DLJr.
75Sammy CortesOL/DLJr.
77Dustin ArriagaOL/DLJr.
84Adrian MartinezTE/DLJr.
85Kevin GormanTE/LBSr.

Yorktown

Wildcats

• Coach: Trey Alexander

• Years at current school: 2

• Record at current school: 5-6

• Years as head coach: 2

• Last year's record: 5-6, 2-2 in district

• Last playoff appearance: 2011, bi-district

• Returning starters: QB/LB Derek Franke, OL/DL Lane Strieber, RB/LB Cody Lubyinesky, WR/DB Dylan Martin, WR/DB Dustin Metting, DB Brandon Smith, DB Jacob Garcia, LB Trever Reed, LB Caleb Schendel, OL/DL Steven Perez.

1Dutin KirchoffWB/DBJr.
2Jacob FergusonWR/DESr.
3Brandon SmithRB/DBJr.
5Logan RomansRB/LBJr.
7Cody LubyineskyRB/LBSr.
8Presley MilsonWR/DBSr.
9Jacob GarciaQB/DBJr.
10Dylan MartinWR/DBSr.
12Doss TorresWR/DEJr.
14Derek FrankeQB/LBJr.
28Jonathan WeischwellRB/LBS.
33Trever ReedRB/LBJr.
44Caleb SchendelRB/LBJr.
51Dustin MettingOL/DESr.
55Lane StrieberOL/DESr.
58Gabriel GarzaOL/DTJr.
63Joe RagusinOL/DTSo.
64Caleb LemkeOL/DTSo.
66Lex GladueOL/DTJr
71Evan KrauseOL/DTFr.
77Dillon JonsonOL/DTSr.

Kenedy

Lions

• Coach: Lin Havron

• Years at current school: 4

• Record at current school: 14-18

• Years as head coach: 14

• Overall record: 78-67-1

• Last year's record: 6-5, 1-2 in district

• Last playoff appearance: 2011, bi-district

• Returning starters: QB Rolie Zepeda, WR Weston Hallmark, C Ray Jay Garza, OT/DE Sheldon Hons, OG/DL Isaac Cruz, LB Eddie Villarreal, LB Austin Lawrence, SS Jeremy Ro driguez, RB/DB Joey White.

1J.D. De Los SantosQB/CBSr.
2Rolie ZepedaQB/CBSr.
3Dominic CruzFL/FSSo.
8Graham LawrenceWR/FSJr.
10Jeremy RodriguezFL/OLBSr.
11Weston HallmarkWR/CBSr.
12James LopezTE/OLBSr.
13Eddie VillarrealFB/MLBSr.
15Kris BryanWR/CBSr.
20Joey WhiteRB/MLBJr.
25Seferino VillarrealFL/CBSo.
33Jon AsebedoFB/OLBSr.
36Cedric MejiaRB/OLBJr.
42Dillon CruzTE/MLBSr.
44Austin LawrenceFB/MLBSr.
50Sheldon HonsOT/DESr.
51Devyn SchultzOG/DEJr.
52RayJ GarzaC/DEJr.
54Robbie GutierrezOG/NGJr.
55Nathaniel AlvarezOG/MLBSr.
56Jordan ValdezC/MLBSr.
64Nathan HernandezOG/NGSr.
66Isaac CruzOG/DESr.
72Rene OlvedaOG/NGSr.
77Vicente BarreraOG/NGSr.