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Early College Enrollment was a question I had a few weeks ago.  DCTF and the UIL have answered that for us.

Early enrollee participation

How does this new start dates that  may affect 6A and 5A recruits who enroll early? The typical Texas baseball and softball playoff schedule already spills over past the graduation date so early winter graduates in this football’s case should be treated similarly. But what about those that enroll in the spring college semester?

If you’re graduated and registered for a collegiate curriculum that starts mid-January, will you be eligible to play high school football if your team is in the midst of a playoff run that could stretch to the state finals set to be played January 11 -16???   It’s possible that they make an exception, but it’s something to certainly think about.  

 

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UPDATED SCHEDULES:  Looks like Cleveland was the only team to lose a non district game with Houston North Forest.  Other that that, only the dates have changed.

2020 Class 5A Division 1 Dist. 8  Team Schedules

5A - 8   Cleveland  (0-0)(0-0) Score Time
9/25  at Fulshear (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/2  Open      
10/9  at Waller (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/16  vs Magnolia West (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/23  at Magnolia (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/30  vs New Caney Porter (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/6  at New Caney (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/13  vs College Station (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/20  at Lufkin (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/27  Open      
12/4  vs Conroe Caney Creek (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
PF (0) PA (0)
 
5A - 8   College Station (0-0)(0-0) Score Time
9/25  vs Hutto (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/3  at Fort Bend Bush (0-0)   (0-0) 6:00 PM
10/9  at Magnolia (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/16  vs New Caney Porter (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/23  at New Caney (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/30  Open      
11/6  vs Lufkin (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/13  at Cleveland (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/20  vs Conroe Caney Creek (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/27  at Waller (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
12/4  vs Magnolia West (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
PF (0) PA (0)
 
5A - 8   Conroe Caney Creek  (0-0)(0-0) Score Time
9/25  vs Pasadena (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/2  at Galena Park (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/9  Open      
10/16  vs Waller (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/23  at Magnolia West (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/30  vs Magnolia (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/5  at New Caney Porter (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/12  vs New Caney (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/20  at College Station (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/27  vs Lufkin (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
12/4  at Cleveland (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
PF (0) PA (0)
 
5A - 8   Lufkin  (0-0)(0-0) Score Time
9/25  at Tyler Lee (0-0)   (0-0) 7:30 PM
10/2  vs Nacogdoches (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/9  at Magnolia West (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/16  vs Magnolia (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/23  at New Caney Porter (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/30  vs New Caney (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/6  at College Station (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/13  Open      
11/20  vs Cleveland (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/27  at Conroe Caney Creek (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
12/4  vs Waller (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
PF (0) PA (0)
 
5A - 8   Magnolia  (0-0)(0-0) Score Time
9/25  vs Katy Tompkins (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/2  vs Brenham (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/9  vs College Station (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/16  at Lufkin (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/23  vs Cleveland (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/30  at Conroe Caney Creek (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/6  vs Waller (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/13  at Magnolia West (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/20  Open      
11/27  vs New Caney Porter (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
12/4  at New Caney (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
PF (0) PA (0)
 
5A - 8   Magnolia West (0-0)(0-0) Score Time
9/25  at Brenham (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/2  vs Temple (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/9  vs Lufkin (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/16  at Cleveland (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/23  vs Conroe Caney Creek (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/30  at Waller (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/6  Open      
11/13  vs Magnolia (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/20  at New Caney Porter (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/27  vs New Caney (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
12/4  at College Station (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
PF (0) PA (0)
 
5A - 8   New Caney  (0-0)(0-0) Score Time
9/25  vs Marshall (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/2  at Humble Kingwood Park (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/9  at New Caney Porter (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/16  Open      
10/23  vs College Station (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/30  at Lufkin (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/6  vs Cleveland (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/12  at Conroe Caney Creek (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/19  vs Waller (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/27  at Magnolia West (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
12/4  vs Magnolia (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
PF (0) PA (0)
 
5A - 8   New Caney Porter (0-0)(0-0) Score Time
9/25  at Montgomery (0-0)   (0-0) 7:30 PM
10/2  vs Montgomery Lake Creek (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/9  vs New Caney (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/16  at College Station (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/23  vs Lufkin (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/30  at Cleveland (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/5  vs Conroe Caney Creek (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/13  at Waller (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/20  vs Magnolia West (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/27  at Magnolia (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
12/4  Open      
PF (0) PA (0)
 
5A - 8   Waller  (0-0)(0-0) Score Time
9/25  at Bryan (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/2  vs Aldine (0-0)   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/9  vs Cleveland (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/16  at Conroe Caney Creek (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
10/23  Open      
10/30  vs Magnolia West (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/6  at Magnolia (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/13  vs New Caney Porter (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/19  at New Caney (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
11/27  vs College Station (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
12/4  at Lufkin (0-0)*   (0-0) 7:00 PM
PF (0) PA (0)

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Just when you think we are on the path to a football season, something else always seem to jump up.  First it was the small college teams and JUCOs moving their football to the spring or cancelling all together.  Then, we had Statewide districts not opening schools or Athletics until 9/7.   Baseball begins and after 2 games, it is delayed again for two weeks because of COVID 19.  NBA is set to open in a bubble, pre season games are now being played, but COVID is still the scare.  NCAA football has had the on again , off again work outs with no clear path as to how all of it will remain once they get started.  NOW, we have players under contract to NFL teams , OPTING NOT TO PLAY in 2020 because of COVID and maybe they believe it's protection for their families.  Anyway, another trend has started, and you can bet it doesn't stop with the NFL.  

Read this morning where there were some NE Patriots deciding not to play in 2020, I guess because of COVID.  However, NFL players are under contract as employees of a team, and maybe these guys have chosen to forego their paycheck for 2020, I don't know.  As I said some of these guys maybe have chosen to sit out without pay, but it still breaks their contract with a team unless the team give them a waiver.     Here is another 2020  trend beginning and I don't think it will stop with the Pro's, it will filter down too.  Wonder what is on the menu NEXT week?

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The NFL gave the players the option to opt out by Aug.4th. The players forgo their contracts and receive a stipend instead. Those with underlying conditions can receive up to 350k and the others 150k. Which isn't much for those being paid millions. The LB for NE is forgoing 8 million to be home with his new born child. He explained how emotional it was to see his first born. And that being with his family and keeping them safe is what is most important to him right now. 

 

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2020/07/28/donta-hightower-opting-out-is-the-best-thing-for-my-family/

 

Lurent Duvernay-Tardif has a medical degree and decided he would rather help treat patients in his home country, instead of risking it playing football. I can't fault a guy for having convictions outside of playing for the NFL. The players are making tough decisions based on their individual circumstances. There will be plenty of vets and young guys ready to fill those spots.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/nfl/nfl-duvernay-tardif-opts-out-1.5662973

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2 hours ago, PurpleNation said:

PA any way you could look at your DCTFM and tell me how may players Arlington Martin has coming back. Thanks 

Check your messages.  Thanks.

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Lufkin Adjusting to Different 2020 Season Ahead  by Josh Havard - Lufkin Daily News

https://lufkindailynews.com/sports/high_school/article_0b6bcb8a-10bf-5ad5-b8fa-c308e7a72855.html

For at least a quarter of a century, the Lufkin Panthers have set their sights high while focusing on the simplistic.

When John Outlaw arrived in town in 1995, he placed an emphasis on players simply focusing on what they can control. Little changed in that approach when Todd Quick took over the program in 2012.

However, that approach may never be more vital than now as the team approaches a 2020 season full of unknowns.

For the most part, Lufkin’s schedule appears to be somewhat in place with games pushed back four weeks from their original date on the schedule. Even that is subject to change before or during the season.

That makes the attitude of staying ready an important one for the Panthers.

“We’ve always tried to get them just to focus on the stuff they can control,” Quick said. “With everything that’s gone on, it sure seems like that’s not a lot. But if the UIL allows us to work out, then everyone here has to do all they can to make the most of it. Taking care of what you can control is so much more important now, especially with how fluid the schedule is.”

Lufkin has been able to go through its voluntary workouts since the UIL allowed them to take place starting in June with the exception of a recommended break around the 4th of July holiday.

The UIL recently made the announcement that 5A and 6A schools would push the first day of official workouts back to Sept. 7 with games starting on Sept. 24. Teams from Class 1A through 4A will start official workouts on Monday with games starting as originally scheduled.

Lufkin can start having two hours of sports specific instruction on Monday. On Aug. 24, which is the first day of in-school instruction, Lufkin can have sports specific instruction during their usual athletic period.

The first day of the acclimation period is Sept. 7, which is the opener of official workouts. In that time, players are allowed to work out without full pads in order to get prepared for the Texas heat.

Teams can work out in full pads for the first time on Sept. 12.

That schedule is the baseline for the majority of the schools allowing on-campus instruction. Many schools across the state have a different schedule due to not starting on-campus instruction until later.

“Really we’re better off than 65% of teams in Texas at this level,” Quick said. “So every day we can come in here and get that workout is an advantage over a lot of other schools. We’ve had a good group of kids in here working out this summer. We’ve also got kids that haven’t been here because their parents are taking extra precautions. We completely understand that as well.”

Quick said the school has emphasized a safe environment both on and away from the athletic complex. Checks are taken on athletes each day prior to workouts and staff has taken extra precautions in attempting to provide a safe environment.

“The only thing that can take it away is ourselves,” Quick said. “We’re doing everything we can here. We tell them all to stay safe and stay smart, and that applies to them all the time, not just when they’re here. One of the toughest part about coaching is you can offer kids advice but you can’t control what happens once they leave the building.”

Following those workouts, the Panthers are set to host Huntsville in a scrimmage on Sept. 18. Lufkin’s season opener is set to be played at Tyler Lee on Sept. 25 before the home opener against Nacogdoches on Oct. 2.

That will be followed by the district slate, which is set for eight games over nine weeks.

However, there are likely to be changes to that schedule as well.

Waller is in Harris County, which has mandates to start school at a later time. Quick said the earliest Waller is currently allowed to start the season would be on Oct. 16, the third week of district action. Lufkin is currently scheduled to host Waller late in the season.

With most of the other schools bordering Harris County, there is the possibility they could face some of the same challenges.

“We’ll put out the schedule, but everybody needs to know it could change even before it gets started,” Quick said. “If a team, or multiple teams, have some positives, then we could have to change it in the middle. The UIL is giving us a chance, but we’ll have to be able to adjust on the fly.”

That is almost certain to lead to a season unlike any other in high school football with the state championship not determined until January.

“Our job as coaches is to adjust, whether it’s after a drive or at halftime,” Quick said. “Who adjusts the best and the quickest is going to be the most successful team. But here, the focus for the kids has to be on taking care of what’s right in front of them. If they can handle that, we feel like the other stuff will take care of itself.”

 

Josh Havard’s email address is josh.havard@lufkindailynews.com.

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One update to add to the article above.  After checking online, Waller ISD will start online school only, August 24th and on campus teaching will begin September 14th.    The U.I.L. has ruled that any student enrolled in online teaching will still be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities.  The Waller football programs plans to start Sept. 7th as are all other 5A programs in the State.   Lufkin is also beginning school on August 24th, some online and some on campus.  Football work outs on September 7th.

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PA,

 

 I understand but each day and with the MLB having issues I definitely do not think we will finish the football season it may start but we have thousands of players compared to MLB. I just don’t see it. All the colleges and pros are getting tested multiple times. I will not get my hopes up that we will finish a season at all.

 

Go Pack 

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53 minutes ago, pack98 said:

PA,

 

 I understand but each day and with the MLB having issues I definitely do not think we will finish the football season it may start but we have thousands of players compared to MLB. I just don’t see it. All the colleges and pros are getting tested multiple times. I will not get my hopes up that we will finish a season at all.

 

Go Pack 

I agree. It's hard to see all the reactions now and not think things will not finish as started or doesn't eventually get moved to spring.  There needs to be a huge drop in virus cases in the next 45 days in order to have any  confidence toward a beginning or a complete football season this fall.

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According to the State of Texas. Stadiums will tentatively have 50% capacity come September 25th, 2020.  Of course this could change. Abe Martin has capacity of 10,467. At 50% that would make 5233 available.

In 2019, Lufkin had 3196 season tickets sold to 759 season ticket holders.

The school will determine how to divide and disperse between bands, drill teams, visitors and general admission patrons.  Some season ticket holders have decided and advised the school they will not attend home games this year because of health concerns.  Those tickets in turn are being made available to the families of the players who are not season ticket holders.  As per an email sent out by Lufkin ISD on June 30th,  regular season ticket holder were advised they  may not be able to sit in their normal seating areas this year and may not receive their full allotment of tickets.  The email also ask if season ticket holders were willing to sit higher up.  Like myself, we have been on Row 40 for over 30 years, that's as high as you can go at Ol' Abe.

In an earlier post I believe we made an estimate of 1450 to figure into the 50% capacity number, which is 5233.  Those 1450 spaces would be taken up by players, coaches, trainers, officials, essential school personnel,  band, drill team, pep squad, coaches families and such.  Most likely a generous estimate.   That would leave about 3783 spots still available to scatter about the stadium area.  

We also understand aluminum seating will be brought onto the field area to help spread folks out more, most likely to accommodate our school bands.  

We should know very soon our situation and a game plan for the fans attending.   Go Pack!

 

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Hope to hear  soon about football ticket and the fan situations, not only at Abe Martin, but the other schools in our district as well.  Not too worried about the Tyler game.  Plenty of room there @  Mother Francis Rose.

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https://www.texasfootball.com/article/2020/05/28/2020-class-5a-division-i-region-ii-outlook-predictions-for-every-district-playoff-matchup-sleepers-and-regional-winner?ref=related_title

FYI, if you didn't catch the rundown the first time.  

DCTF's TXHSFB Insider Matt Stepp breaks down all the districts in 5A-Division I Region II, predicts the projected playoff brackets AND picks a regional winner!
 

2020-2021 Regional Outlook - 5A Division I Region II

Region II starts out with a bang with perennial power Denton Ryan moving over from Region I to join Frisco ISD which features last year’s Region II champion Frisco Lone Star along with a really dangerous Frisco Independence squad. This may finally be Ryan’s year to bring a state title home, look for Independence with their returning talent to edge past Lone Star for the second spot. The battle for fourth place is going to be very interesting as any of the remaining six teams can make a claim.

6-5A Division I has a lot of intrigue, not much at the top as Lancaster is a massive favorite in this district. After the Tigers you’ve got eight teams who haven’t had much recent success all competing for three playoff spots that appear to be pretty wide open. Woodrow Wilson, Dallas White (dropping down from 6A) and Carrollton Smith get the early nod, but its anyone’s race after that.

The headliners in 7-5A Division I are at the top with 6A dropdown Longview and perennial power Highland Park leading the way, Longview gets the edge in this showdown because the game this year is being played at Lobo Stadium. McKinney North, a district champion a year ago lost a lot but the Bulldogs should hold off what we think will be a much-improved John Tyler squad. If you are looking for a sleeper, don’t count out a very scrappy Sherman bunch.

8-5A Division I takes us out of the DFW area down into the northern reaches of the Houston area, where Lufkin looks to once again be the dominant team in this loop. College Station and district newcomer New Caney (who won 9-5A Division I a year ago) will put up strong fights and expect to be in playoff contention. Expect a three-way battle for fourth place with Magnolia West, Magnolia and New Caney Porter all capable contenders of that coveted final playoff slot.

 

District Predictions

District 5-5A Division I

  1. Denton Ryan
  2. Frisco Independence
  3. Frisco Lone Star
  4. Frisco Reedy
  5. The Colony
  6. Frisco Wakeland
  7. Denton
  8. Frisco Heritage
  9. Frisco Centennial

 

District 6-5A Division I

  1. Lancaster
  2. Dallas Wilson
  3. Dallas White
  4. Carrollton Smith
  5. Dallas Adams
  6. Dallas Molina
  7. Dallas Samuell
  8. Carrollton Turner
  9. Dallas Sunset

 

District 7-5A Division I

  1. Longview
  2. Highland Park
  3. McKinney North
  4. Tyler John Tyler
  5. Sherman
  6. West Mesquite
  7. Wylie East

 

District 8-5A Division I

  1. Lufkin
  2. College Station
  3. New Caney
  4. Magnolia West
  5. Magnolia
  6. New Caney Porter
  7. Waller
  8. Conroe Caney Creek
  9. Cleveland

 

Predicted Playoff Matchups

W5 Denton Ryan vs F6 Carrollton Smith

R8 College Station vs T7 McKinney North

W6 Lancaster vs F5 Frisco Reedy

R7 Highland Park vs T8 New Caney

W7 Longview vs F8 Magnolia West

R6 Dallas Wilson vs T5 Frisco Lone Star

W8 Lufkin vs F7 Tyler John Tyler

R5 Frisco Independence vs T6 Dallas White

 

Playoff Sleeper

Lufkin: The Panthers will be overshadowed in this region with the likes of Denton Ryan, Longview and Highland Park grabbing headlines and that may be just the way Todd Quick’s squad likes it. When Lufkin has high expectations they tend to under-achieve, but when they are over-looked they often exceed projections.  

 

Regional Winner

Denton Ryan over Longview: The Raiders earn their fifth straight regional title and this one will be earned in a brutally tough Region and a brutally tough regional final that pits them against Longview. If these two meet it’ll be as physical a football game as you’ll see and will be a lot of fun to watch. Denton Ryan’s battle tested mentality could be what carries them to that elusive state title in December. 

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I just hope we’re able to finish the season. We have a talented offense returning and few key players i want to see on defense. Just not expecting it....honestly. Plus a lot of things may be different anyways.
 

I wonder if we would even have bands in the stands. The atmosphere for a High school and college football game probably won’t even be the same until like 2021 or 2022.  Hate it

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2 hours ago, Pack007 said:

I just hope we’re able to finish the season. We have a talented offense returning and few key players i want to see on defense. Just not expecting it....honestly. Plus a lot of things may be different anyways.
 

I wonder if we would even have bands in the stands. The atmosphere for a High school and college football game probably won’t even be the same until like 2021 or 2022.  Hate it

The statements made by the school and the UIL is yes for the bands and support groups for football.  The UIL did mention that the school and bands might consider using the essential number needed to perform at the games.  Not sure exactly what that means, unless it means the minimum number of students required to give an adequate performance.    ????       

Lufkin ISD will be bringing in aluminum stands to be put either in the end zones, or grass area for additional seating. Todd Quick mentioned this in a recent interview,  most likely for the band and drill teams.  I'm sure Lufkin ISD will confirm this at some point.

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CALEB BERRY - Lufkin - Running back - 6-2, 215  - By the numbers: 864 yards, 13 TD; Verbal to Washington

 

RB Berry and Kicker Encarnacion were both picks for the 13th Annual East Texas 2020 Dream team.  Yes, only two Panthers chosen. Three  Longview players  WR Jalen, Hale, LB Kybrien Jackson Jamerson and RB Kaden Merideth were chosen and three Tyler Lee players, OL Dion Daniels, DL Garfield Lawrence and LB Jack Janis were in the mix, no surprise.  That's because Longview has three votes and Tyler two votes to just the one for the Lufkin Daily News.  No  QB Jordan Moore, no WR Kelton Wright, no DE Wilburn Smallwood.  Especially Moore and Smallwood.   Still have to play the game, still have to hope to have a season.   

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Todd Dodge, who coached Southlake Carroll in the early 2000's when Lufkin and Carroll staged some epic playoff battles, obviously had a lot of respect for Lufkin's talent, listing two Lufkin players in a DMN article.

Who is the best Texas high school football player you’ve ever seen?

It’s a simple question The Dallas Morning News posed to 20 Dallas-area coaches and media members, both past and present, to stir up some Texas high school football conversation while we wait for the 2020 season to begin.

Todd Dodge

TODD DODGE Austin Westlake coach, former Southlake Carroll coach

Jorvorskie LaneBEST OVERALL PLAYER  Jorvorskie LaneRB, Lufkin

Jorvorskie was about a 6-0, 240-pound running back and went to Texas A&M. He also punted and kicked off, and he threw several halfback passes for touchdowns. He was just a load. He was just a really, really great player. Probably as difficult for us to defend as any one player.

Chase Daniel BEST QUARTERBACK Chase DanielQB, Southlake Carroll

A lot of people don’t remember he was a slot receiver on our 2002 championship team. And then he was back-to-back player of the year in the state in 2003 and 2004. Unbelievable dual-threat in high school. He was a guy that two years in a row, he threw for 4,000 and rushed for over 1,300 in his junior and senior years. He’s still playing in the NFL today with the Detroit Lions, and he was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2009 with Missouri.

Honorable mention: Austin Westlake QB Sam Ehlinger

Youri Yenga BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER Youri YengaOLB, Euless Trinity

He was the top player on their defense the year of that great game we had with them in 2006. The final score was 22-21 and we at Southlake won it. But he was just unbelievable. He was all over the field. Just disruptive, fast, physical. Obviously, leading up to the game, we were very concerned with him and how we would match up and he played extremely well. He was the guy.

Dez Bryant BEST ATHLETE Dez BryantWR, Lufkin

We played against Dez in 2004 and 2005, his sophomore and junior years, and he probably had four touchdowns in those two games against us. It was pretty obvious by the time we got through competing against him that he was just a beast. Our corner at Carroll held his own, to be honest with you, but Dez was just making freakish catches, just freakishly fast, strong and obviously he went on to do some pretty good things himself.

Honorable mention: Austin Lake Travis WR Garrett Wilson

Brent Duhon MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER Brent DuhonWR, Port Arthur Thomas Jefferson

He was a teammate of mine when we went to the state championship game in 1980 and then he was also a teammate of mine at the University of Texas. I always try to have the opportunity to tell people about this guy. He would fit in and play in any offense today with his skill set. He was a 5-11, 170-pound guy who caught 96 footballs in 15 games in 1980. That was just unheard of in those days. And was a 6-6 high jumper in track, also was the center fielder on our baseball team. Just a great athlete, but to me, he was the original great wide receiver in the state of Texas when people weren't throwing the ball.

Honorable mention: Southlake Carroll RB Aaron Luna

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I'm surprised he didn't include McKinner Dixon , since he sacked Chase Daniels about 10 times in that Semi Finals game in 2004 against his 5 Star Offensive tackle who went to Texas..

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Hey guys.  Would love to hear some feed back out there from some of you on the future players fo Lufkin panther Football.

 

Players coming up to watch, who you think will have an impact on the  FOOTBALL program 2 to 4 years down the road.  Prospects to watch for during the freshman and JV season?

 

Players name, grade level, height, weight and position played would be great.     Some of you guys with that inside information, would also be valuable assets to help out as a moderator on the LPS site.

GO PACK!!!

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