Well, Spring Ball 2017 is over for the “6”..What did we learn from the 18 practices these 5A and 6A teams held over May? A lot. How about Frenship having their first-ever Spring practices and game under new management, I mean, new head coach in Northcutt and Lubbock-Cooper practicing and playing at their middle school field due to new turf being installed on their main field. Coronado opened up the spring by trying to find new playmakers in the secondary and which receivers would replace Chance Fair and Noah Sifrit who graduated last season.
Monterey’s entire secondary will need to be replaced and now Brylon Lawson-Young is the man at quarterback; no more platooning this season for Hutchinson’s squad as he will be the leader of the #beatemblue squad. Trey Manahan and Xavier White will be receivers for Brylon, and are very explosive; small but very capable of doing damage nonetheless. Estacado is also under the second year of tutelage from Coach Shavers and the Mats’ staff as the Matadors look to go for the district crown in 1-4A DI this fall. So, what stood out to me this Spring Ball Session??
#1 LUBBOCK-COOPER AND FRENSHIP’S QUARTERBACK SITUATIONS….
Frenship’s Tigers and Lubbock Cooper’s Pirates both have intriguing quarterback races going on this summer. Also, both have Division One-caliber tailbacks in the backfield with Frenship’s Garrison Johnson and LCP’s Elijah Boyd. Frenship will rely heavily on their quarterback this fall with one of toughest schedules in the 806 and the toughest district (2-6A) in West Texas. Northcutt has a couple of quarterbacks in the fold and it will be interesting to see who wins out for their opening day game at El Paso Montwood. Lubbock-Cooper, on the other hand, has four legit play-callers and it’ll come down to elusiveness in the pocket as all four of these guys can sling the pill. Lubbock-Cooper’s offense will mirror the offensive attack that led them to the Regional Round when they were led by Kolton Ehlers; which seems like it was 20 years ago..lol..
#2 CORONADO LOOKS LIKE THEY WILL BE BETTER THAN LAST YEAR’S RECORD-SETTING TEAM..
Are you serious? No way!! Not the team that went 11-2 after winning 4-5A and taking Colleyville Heritage down the stretch, right?? Yes.. This team looks more focused and players like Blair Conwright and Corey Young look to improve on their already great seasons in 2016. The defense is exciting, fast, locked-in, and dangerous with players like Miguel Garcia and Trey Stephens back in the mix for the #stanggang. Coach Parr has the right summer programs in place and the players are bought in as well. Coronado may surprise Texas when the season is done, in a good way…which wouldn’t surprise me at all.
#3 ESTACADO LOOKS SHARPER IN THEIR SECOND YEAR UNDER SHAVERS..
It takes a while to get used to anything, especially a new coach in High School football. Estacado, who is now under their second off-season regimen under Marcus Shavers, looks like they have it all figured out; from the lineman, to the running backs, the Matadors are picking up things quicker and look hungry to get out of the Area Round this season. If I was a betting man, I’d bet on the Matadors to do some great things this year!
#4 MONTEREY IS YOUNG, AND WILL DEPEND ON LAWSON-YOUNG EARLY IN THE SEASON
Monterey will have a lot to replace this season, including both starting cornerbacks and safeties! Coach Hutchinson is proven and is a Champion with players like James Washington in college and on the way to the NFL. So, we should count on Monterey being in the playoffs and being a threat in the tournament as well with a lot of their offense running through the arms of Brylon Lawson-Young early until the Plainsmen find a dependable running back, or two.
Stay tuned as we will definitely keep you guys up to speed on all things…806!!