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DISTRICT 25-3A: Quality evident to coaches

MIKE FORMAN

By MIKE FORMAN
Aug. 30, 2012 at 3:30 a.m.
Updated Sept. 3, 2012 at 4:03 a.m.


Tim Finn was the head coach at Class 4A Texas City before moving to Wharton earlier this year and he was aware of the implications of El Campo dropping from 4A and falling into District 25-3A.

"El Campo can go toe to toe with any 4A in the Houston area," Finn said. "As far as the district goes, we didn't exactly welcome them with open arms."

Finn could have made the same statement about Sealy or Bellville, which are ranked Nos. 16 and 17 in the Class 3A preseason poll.

Sealy is led by top recruit Ricky Seals-Jones, who could line up at quarterback, wide receiver, running back and safety.

"This is a very solid district," Finn said. "From top to bottom, you have good teams in this district."

Finn will get no argument from El Campo coach Bob Gillis.

Gillis previously coached at Columbus and knows the quality of the district.

"I coached in that district for four years when I was at Columbus and Sealy has won four state championships and Bellville has won 100,000 games," he said. "Columbus is always good and Wharton went three rounds deep last season. I mean, Brookshire Royal had that kid who is going to A&M and went to Oklahoma. It's a great district. It doesn't matter about the A's."

Finn installed a new offense and defense at Wharton and knows the Tigers must stay healthy to contend for a playoff spot.

"We have to find the right place to play everybody and get the best out of our kids," Finn said. "We've got a solid nucleus but not a lot of depth."

The Ricebirds will have the depth to match any team in the district, but must continue to execute.

"We're kind of the elephant in the room now," Gillis said. "We can't say we're the smallest school in the district because we're the largest. When I came back from realignment and talked to our guys, I did remind them of the district we're getting into."

El Campo

Ricebirds

• Coach: Bob Gillis

• Years at current school: 15

• Record at current school: 112-41-2

• Years as head coach: 19

• Overall record: 141-54-2

• Last year's record: 7-4, 4-2 in district

• Last playoff appearance: 2011, bi-district

• Returning starters: TE/DE Cole Hunt, OT Trey Martin, RB Montrey Johnson, G Deshawn King, C Zeke Tiska, DB Jack Davis, QB Bryce Brandl, FS Mike Wall, LB Brett Prihoda, DB Tamall Terrell, K Alex Montes.

2Jack DavisRB/DBSr.
3Keith SparksRB/LBJr.
4Koy KrestaREC/DBJr.
6Cole HuntTE/DESr.
7Kory SupakQB/DBJr.
9Colton ParsonREC/DBSr.
10Kade IlseREC/DBSr.
11Stephen GainesQB/LBSr.
14Bryce BrandlQB/LBSr.
17Michael Wall;RECDNSr.
20Hunter WinkelmannRB/LBJr.
22Wayne HargroveREC/LBSr.
24Tamall TerrellREC/DBSr.
25Isiah VillarrealRB/DEJr.
28Jeremy SupakREC/LBSr.
30Montrey JohnsonRB/LBSr.
32Brett PrihodaRB/LBSr.
33Blaine FuechecRB/LBSo.
34BJ FlaggRB/DEJr.
36Abraham MontesRB/LBJr.
46Travis WoodsTE/LBSr.
50Chance NohavitzaOL/DLSr.
55Juan ReynaOL/DLJr.
56Trey MartinOL/DLSr.
60Clay KresatOL/DLJr.
61Chris NielsenOL/DLSr.
62DeShawn KingOL/DLSr.
63Clay GlazeOL/DLJr.
64AJ MartinezOL/DLSr.
65Alex MontesOL/DLJr.
68Tobias ThortonOL/DLJr.
70James EspericuetaOL/DLJr.
71James KyleOL/DLJr.
72Ryan NielsenOL/DLJr.
74Marshall MachOL/DLJr.
76Reid StrnadelOL/DLSr.
77Jacob HartonOL/DLSr.
78Terrance BrownOL/DLJr.
80Antonio PerezREC/DBSr.
81Aaron EspinosaREC/DBJr.
83Matt EdwardsTE/DESr.
84Spencer SingletonTE/DESr.
85Kahlil RandallREC/DBSr.
86Ryan DrapelaREC/LBJr.
88Andre BookerREC/LBSr.

Wharton

Tigers

• Coach: Tim Finn

• Years at current school: 1

• Years as a head coach: 12

• Overall record: 67-51

• Last year's record: 6-7, 3-1 in district

• Last playoff appearance: 2011, regionals

• Returning starters: OL Austin Cruz, OL Isaiah Lynch, QB Bartee Grissom, RB/LB Alfred Pinkney, LB Ra'mon Frazier, LB Anthony Ray Jr.

2Bartee GrissomQB/DBSr.
3Alfred PinkneyRB/DBSr.
4Ramon FrazierRB/LBSr.
5Leeshad O'NealWR/DBJr.
6Lamarquin LordenWR/DBSr.
7Devonte DurganWR/DBJr.
8Brian MirelesWR/DBSr.
10Dontre ElliottRB/DBFr.
12Brett KocianKSr.
15Keyshawn JohnsonWR/DBSo.
21Ashton BranchWR/DBSo.
22taylor SkinnerWR/DBJr.
23Chris GreenQB/DBSo.
24Tony RogersRB/LBSo.
26Dontay BellWR/DBSo.
30Jason LemsonRB/LBSr.
33Jamarlon SheltonRB/LBSo.
34Kemaad JonesRB/LBSo.
40Jervonte DawsonRB/LBFr.
44Anthony Ray IIRB/LBJr.
52Alex DurganRB/LBSr.
54Claudio RojasOL/LBSr.
56Thomas AndersOL/LBSr.
55Dakota KubeckaOL/DLSo.
60Fred SimmonsOL/DLJr.
61Dontea DillardOL/DLSr.
62Alex CoronaOL/DLSr.
63Travis AlexanderOL/DLSr.
65Greg PaigeOL/DLJr.
66Phillip GarciaOL/DLSr.
73Hunter PerezOL/DOSo.
75Austin CruzOL/DLSr.
77Isaiah LynchOL/DLJr.

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