Michael Clements - Denton Record Chronicle Michael Clements for DRC Argyle/ 3A/ Coach: Todd Rodgers/ 2012 Record: 11-2/ Returning starters: 9 offense, 8 defense/ Strengths: Coming off a torn ACL suffered in a loss in the 2011 3A Division II state championship game, Ian Sadler showed last season that he is still one of the area’s most versatile and productive players. The Texas Tech pledge was named the District 10-3A MVP after scoring 33 touchdowns — 15 rushing, 12 receiving and six on kickoff and punt returns.He will be back at wide receiver after catching 49 passes for 1,004 yards, and he will also be used at quarterback.
Stewart F. House - Special Contributor Celina/ 3A/ Coach: Bill Elliott/ Returning Starters: 5 offense, 5 defense/ Strengths: QB Nathan Elliott threw for 1,619 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for 10 scores. Celina ranked second among area 3A teams in rushing offense with an average of 254.2 yards, and it returns leading rusher Connor Torbert (693 yards, eight TDs). Deshawn Davis missed a lot of time with a broken wrist but ran for more than 100 yards in each of Celina’s three playoff games. He’ll be used more as a receiver this season. Celina averaged 41.5 points and returns its second-leading receiver, Cash Conder.
Stewart F. House - Special Contributor Princeton/ 3A/ Coach: Lee Wilkins/ 2012 record: 10-2/ Returning Starters: 4 offense, 6 defense/ Senior all-district QB Jourdan Blake is back to lead an offense that averaged 37.6 points. Blake, who is committed to Baylor, threw 2,108 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for 992 yards and 10 scores last year. He will also start at cornerback. He’ll have two standout receivers in Texas Tech pledge Jakari Dillard and Marcellus Hill, a transfer from Ennis who is being recruited by college soccer programs. The 6-4 Dillard caught 46 passes for 610 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Louis DeLuca - Staff Photographer Corsicana Mildred/ 2A/ Coach: Billy Dan Chambliess/ 2012 Record: 13-2/ Returning Starters: 5 offense, 6 defense/ Strengths: Mildred was last season’s Class 2A Division II state runner-up and returns one of the area’s top rushers in senior RB Draylon Sterling. He ran for 1,947 yards and scored 41 touchdowns (34 rushing) for a team that led the Dallas area in scoring at 51.2 points per game. The team’s leading receiver, Mikey Muncy, is back after catching 47 passes for 866 yards and 10 touchdowns.
ROBERT W. HART/Special Contribut - Special Contributor FW Nolan/ Large Private/ Coach: Joe Prud’homme/ 2012 Record: 12-2/ Returning Starters: 8 offense, 5 defense/ Strengths: Nolan had one of the area’s best running games (243.6 yards per game) last season and still has first-team all-state RB Luke Alves, who rushed for 1,211 yards and 15 TDs as a junior. The team’s top two receivers, senior WR Patrick Rich (532 yards) and senior H-back David Authier (353 yards), are back. Prud’homme said that Authier, who also averaged 6.5 yards per carry, has six or seven offers from FBS colleges.
File Photo TCA-Addison/ Large Private/ Coach: Steve Hayes/ 2012 Record: 11-3/ Returning Starters: 7 offense, 8 defense/ Strengths: TCA-Addison returns four all-state players from the team that lost, 48-45, to district rival Fort Worth Nolan in last year’s TAPPS Division I state championship game. RB/FS Nahshon Ellerbe was second-team all-state after running for a team-leading 944 yards and 18 TDs. Second-team all-state tackle Matt Marshall is one of three starters back on the offensive line. First-team all-state WR Brock Thomas had 70 catches for 1,231 yards and 14 TDs.
Mike Mezeul II - Denton Record Chronicle Argyle Liberty Christian/ Large Private/ Coach: Greg Price/ 2012 Record: 7-5/ Returning Starters: 6 offense, 6 defense/ Strengths: All five players on the offensive line have started at some point. That includes senior guard Brad Lundblade (6-3, 285), who was first-team all-state last year and has offers from multiple FBS schools. Argyle Liberty added all-district QB Colby Moore, a transfer from Springtown who is an FBS prospect.
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor FW All Saints/ Small Private/ Coach: Aaron Beck/ 2012 Record: 11-0/ Returning Starters: 9 offense, 7 defense/ Last year’s SPC small-school champion has three of the area’s top 20 recruits in QB Foster Sawyer, RB Daniel Gresham and OL Demetrius Knox. Sawyer, committed to TCU, threw for 2,725 yards and 31 TDs. He threw six TD passes in a 60-50 win over Houston St. John’s in the SPC championship game. Gresham, committed to Louisville, ran for 984 yards and 18 TDs and averaged 11.3 yards per carry.
Stan Olszewski - Staff Photographer First Baptist/ Small Private/ Coach: Jason Lovvorn/ 2012 Record: 10-2/ Returning Starters: 7 offense, 6 defense/ After reaching the TAPPS Division III state quarterfinals, First Baptist will again have first-team all-state QB Max Partlo throwing to first-team all-state WR Trae Hart, who has committed to Purdue. Hart led Dallas-area players in receiving yards (2,044) and receiving touchdowns (29) last season, and Partlo ranked second in passing TDs (48) while throwing for 3,768 yards. A spread offense that averaged 44.7 points also returns all-district WR Garrett Black (897 yards, 12 TDs) and WR D’Aundrey Bradley II, a transfer from DeSoto.
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor St. Mark's/ Small Private/ Coach: Bart Epperson/ 2012 Record: 7-2/ Returning Starters: 5 offense, 5 defense/ Strengths: After losing in a large-school semifinal, St. Mark’s returns all-SPC QB John Webb and WR John Caldwell from a spread offense that averaged 35.2 points and 360.3 passing yards. Webb completed 62 percent of his throws and ranked third among area private school players in passing yards (3,152) and TD passes (32).
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