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John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor
KELLEY CHINN - Special Contributor
John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor
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David Minton - Denton Record Chronicle DRC
John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor
Steve Hamm - Special Contributor
John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor
Matt Strasen - Special Contributor 10. PLANO WEST/ Coach: Mike Hughes/ 2012 record: 9-5/ Returning starters: 5 offense/ 2 defense/ Notable: After starting last season 3-4, Plano West won six straight games and advanced to the 5A Division I Regional final, its deepest playoff run in school history.
Brad Loper - Staff Photographer 9. ARLINGTON MARTIN/ Coach: Bob Wager/ 2012 record: 7-4/ Returning starters: 5 offense, 7 defense/ Notable: Martin has made the playoffs every year since Bob Wager became head coach in 2006.
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer 8. CEDAR HILL/ Coach: Joey McGuire/ 2012 record: 11-5/ Returning starters: 3 offense, 7 defense/ Notable: After losing three of its first four games last season, Cedar Hill advanced to the 5A Division II championship game and led in the fourth quarter before Katy rallied for a 35-24 win.
BRENDAN SULLIVAN/Staff Photographer 7. SKYLINE/ Coach: Reginald Samples/ 2012 record: 4 offense, 7 defense/ Notable: Skyline didn’t win a playoff game from 1996 to 2006, but has won a total of 16 in the last six seasons.
Brad Loper - Staff Photographer 6. EULESS TRINITY/ Coach: Steve Lineweaver/ 2012 record: 10-3/ Returning starters: 7 offense, 5 defense/ Notable: Euless Trinity is one of only four schools to win multiple 5A titles in this century. Since 2000, Carroll and Katy have each won five, Trinity has won three and Allen has won two.
David Minton - Denton Record Chronicle DRC 5. COPPELL/ Coach: Joe McBride/ 2012 record: 11-1/ Returning starters: 6 offense, 5 defense/ Notable: Coppell, which has won 10 or more games in three of the last four seasons, retired the No. 21 of Jacob Logan after the senior’s tragic death last year.
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer 4. ARLINGTON BOWIE/ Coach: Danny DeArman/ 2012 record: 11-2/ Returning starters: 6 offense, 6 defense/ Notable: Coach Danny DeArman replaces Kenny Perry, who left after seven seasons to join TCU’s staff as director of high school relations. DeArman was previously the defensive coordinator.
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor 3. DESOTO/ Coach: Claude Mathis/ 2012 record: 14-1/ Returning starters: 2 offense, 8 defense/ Notable: Coach Mathis has called Orr DeSoto’s “Ed Reed of the secondary.” In one game last season, Orr forced a fumble, intercepted a pass and blocked two punts, one of which he returned for a TD.
Brad Loper - Staff Photographer 2. SOUTHLAKE CARROLL/ Coach: Hal Wasson/ 2012 record: 12-2/ Returning starters: 5 offense, 6 defense/ Notable: Carroll, which plays host to Allen in this year’s season opener, has lost at Dragon Stadium only once in the last 11 seasons.
Louis DeLuca - Staff Photographer 1. ALLEN/ Coach: Tom Westerberg/ 2012 record: 15-1/ Returning starters: 3 offense, 7 defense/ Notable: Allen has won seven straight district titles and has at least 10 victories in every season since 2006. The Eagles are trying to become the first repeat champion in 5A since Katy won in 2007 and ’08.
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