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Colleyville Heritage tabbed No. 8 in Dallas-area 5A football rankings
Notables: Mesquite finished the 2011 season 7-6 and in fourth place in District 11-5A...Plenty of returning talent on a team that advanced to the third round of the playoffs as the Skeeters get back nine starters on offense and another 9 on defense...Some of those returning starters include a 1,000-yard rusher (Junior Session), 2,500-yard passer (Alex Cooper) and 6-foot-2-inch, 7-touchdown receiver (Reshard Higgins). On defense Mesquite returns a great group in the defensive backfield -- DB Anthony Canady (5 INTs in 2011), DB Traa Strong (69 tackles) and DB Charles Grant (109 tackles, 4 INTs).
Notables: Mansfield finished the 2011 season 11-2 and tied for first place in District 5-5A...Mansfield returns half of its starters from 2011 -- six on offense and five on defense...Leading rusher Kenneth Burks, who ran for 1,885 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2011, returns along with leading receiver Lance Evans (577 yards, 5 TDs)...The offensive line will be anchored by Oklahoma State commit Zach Crabtree (tackle) and Duke commit Austin Davis (center). On defense Mansfield has experience at every level except defensive line...TCU commit George Baltimore (safety) and Cal commit Chad Whitener (linebacker) are big names back in 2012...Mesquite also returns all-district LB Ryan LeRoy and DB Trevor Stutsman (team-high 11 INTs over past two seasons).
8) Colleyville Heritage
Notables: Colleyville Heritage finished the 2011 season 9-2 and in second place in District 6-5A...Heritage returns four starters on each side of the ball...The biggest-name returnee is Oklahoma commit Cody Thomas (QB; 6-5A MVP in 2011; threw for nearly 3,400 yards and 36 TDs)...Connor Davis, mainly an inside wide receiver the past two seasons, will be the team's primary RB; he ran for 583 yards and six TDs in 2011...On defense Heritage returns a key cog in its 3-4 scheme -- NG Donovan Kleckner (a state wrestling finalist)...LB Christian Gonzales is another steady returner (team-high 136 tackles; first team all-district).