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Top-10 countdown: Lancaster will start players both ways; Frisco Wakeland brings back tenacious defense
This month SportsDayHS will countdown its top-10 Class 4A and 5A Dallas-area football rankings Be sure to check back each day in June to see the updated rankings.
10) Mansfield Summit
Notables: Summit finished the 2011 season 10-2, including a 7-0 mark in district en route to the 7-4A title...Summit returns four starters on offense and five on defense...QB Ryan Cuevas (2,221 passing yards, 20 TDs, 6 INTs, 515 rushing yards, 4 TDs), DL Bryson Henderson (75 tackles, 9 sacks, 7-4A defensive MVP), DB T.J. Johnson (first-team all district) and LB Quan Matthews (83 tackles, first-team all district) are back for Summit in 2012...Season opener is Aug. 31 (Friday) against Mansfield Timberview at 7:30 p.m.
Notables: Kimball finished the 2011 season 9-3 and made the playoffs as the third seed out of District 11-4A...Plenty of familiar names are back for Kimball as it returns seven starters on offense and five on defense...Some notable names back for 2012 include QB Traveon Thibodeaux, leading rusher Teriyon Gipson (933 yards, 12 TDs), leading receiving Prentavious Morehead (761 receiving yards, 11 TDs) and DL Justin Manning (scholarship offers from nearly 20 BCS schools).
8) Frisco Wakeland
Notables: Returns most of its defense, including a pair of potential stars in the secondary: seniors Josh Harris and Kevin Williams. Harris made 94 tackles last season and Kevin Williams made 95. Senior LB Dalton Walls had 78 tackles last season. ... On offense, Wakeland must replace QB Nick West, but senior WR Turner Smiley could be the big-play guy. The 6-0, 175-pounder had 40 catches for 663 yards and 6 TDs last season. Junior RB Tyler Carver rushed for 618 yards and 15 TDs last year.
Notables: Lancaster finished the 2011 season 9-3 and tied for second place in District 15-4A. ... Coach Chris Gilbert has made a vow to make his best players into two-way starters. ... Junior Nick Harvey (336 passing yards, 5 TD, 4 INTs) and senior DeMarcus Ayers (4 TD passes, 6 TD catches) will alternate at QB and WR, as well as play DB. ... Texas pledge Daeshon Hall (6-6, 225) will play both TE and DE, where he had 60 tackles and 11 sacks in 2011. ... Other standouts include seniors DB Dakota Austin, DE/OT George Ramos, and RB Joseph Paden, as well as junior WR Nick Alexander (who picked up an offer from Oklahoma last week).