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The Brahmas hope for a repeat in 2013

By Keldy Ortiz
Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:28 a.m.

Hallettsville Brahmas

Coach: Tommy Psencik

Years at current school: 4

Record at current school: 22-14

Years as head coach: 5

Overall record: 28-19

Last year's record: 12-1, 5-0 district

Last playoff appearance: 2012, quarterfinal

Returning starters: WR/DB Jimario Grounds, WR/DB Trenton McGee, WR Tim Sheppard, LB Justin Reeves, WR/DB Dalton Herrington, LB Dyllan Kerr, DE Reid Leopold, OL Kyle Leopold, DL Tyler Steffek.

Coach: Mike Pierce

Years at current school: 6

Record at current school: 32-20

Years as head coach: 11

Overall record: 69-45-1

Last year's record: 7-4, 4-1 district

Last playoff appearance: 2012, bi-district

Returning starters: OL Anthony Norman, DE Guy Dodson, DE Darnelius Norman, LB David John Kallus, LB Timiron Williams, DT Nathan Whitley, QB/DB Austin Kelley, WR/DB Billy Ganem.

Coach: Gary Zeinert

Years at current school: 1

Years as head coach: 1

Last year's record: 4-6, 2-3 district

Last playoff appearance: 2010, quarterfinal

Returning starters: QB Jordan Johnson, WR/DB JaQuad McGrew, TE Hunter Pakebusch, OL Dylan Ferguson, OL/DL R.J. Gonzales, OL Ron McGrew, OL Bobby Alonso, LB Luther Cole, DB J'Markus Hodge, LB Greg Roy, DB Todd Nicholas, DB Ronnie Fry.

Coach: Brad Bowden

Years at current school: 1

Years as head coach: 7

Overall record: 16-44

Last year's record: 5-5, 0-5 district

Last playoff appearance: 2007, Division II quarterfinal

Returning starters: DB Chris Deleon, RB Chris Garcia, LB Seth Garcia, DE Nick Garcia, DT Austin Diaz, OL/DE Anthony Holbrook, OL/DE Oziel Ross, OL Jose Artega, OL Daniel Hernandez, OL Jordan Sanchez, TE/DE Kenny Garcia.

Coach: Shane Lothman

Years at current school: 3

Record at current school: 7-13

Years as head coach: 7

Overall record: 25-36

Last year's record: 3-7, 1-4 district

Last playoff appearance: 2010, regional

Returning starters: QB/FS Jay Rubio, WR/OLB Trenton Thedford, OL Eli Milner, OL Jesse Chavarria, OL Travis Alexander, TE/DE Mason Davis, WR/DE Evan Gregg, LB Jack Perry, OLB Brady Karl, DL Dustin Hempel.

It's tough to be Hallettsville.

For the last two years, the Brahmas lost to Hempstead in the regional playoffs in 2011 and Cameron Yoe in the quarterfinals last season. Both Hempstead and Cameron Yoe went on to the state title game, with Cameron Yoe winning it all.

The Brahmas did accomplish a lot going 10-0 last season - a first since 1979. Expectations are high for the Brahmas, as they are looking to repeat their season and go deep into the playoffs.

"The level of expectation has gone up," Psenick said. "We have to see steady improve, especially on the defensive line. We're going to have to see improvement from week to work to accomplish our goals."

Other teams in District 14-2A , Division I may say otherwise. Both Hempstead and Edna finished right behind the Brahmas last season

The Cowboys hope to improve from a 7-3 record last season.

Edna coach Mike Pierce will rely on senior linebacker David John Kallus and returning senior quarterback Austin Kelley to help lead the Cowboys, who lost 24 seniors last season.

"That's why you have offseason to develop a program," Pierce said. "You take each week one a time."

The Bobcats, who lost twice on the season to Hallettsville last season including the playoffs, bring back quarterback Will Smith. The Bobcats hope to avenge their four losses, including two losses to the Brahmas.

Rice Consolidated will have a new coach in Gary Zeinert, who hopes to bring the Raiders back to the playoffs after a two-year drought.

After dropping from Class 3A to 2A, Palacios hopes to eliminate last season's 0-5 district record. The Sharks have not made the playoffs since 2007.

Industrial brings back returning starters on defense in Evan Gregg and Mason Davis.



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