Well, we are in a TOUGH district! But after the initial shock of it all, I am pretty excited!
We have an amazing group of hard working coaches that are willing and ready to take on this task. Josh has coached in one of the toughest districts in class 5a when we were at Cedar Park, so this is not new to him. We have some advantages where that is concerned, but we are also have some disadvantages to face
Some Upsides to being a Varsity Team
1- We will now be featured in Dave Campbells Magazine each year!
2- We are a part of a Real football program and our wins count!!
Now, Lets take a look at our District:
Lake Travis Cavaliers-
Colors Black and Red
Well, what can we say? This is a team that has been a powerhouse in 4A for the last several years. They have pummeled almost every team that they have played in their last 46 games. They were State Champions in 2007, 2008 and again in 2009. They have been District Champs every year since 2004.
After 2 years with the Cavaliers, their Head Coach (Morris) leaves the program, excepting a job at the University of Tulsa as the Offensive Coordinator! The Cavaliers staying in house, by promoting Defensive Coordinator, Hank Carter as their Head Coach.
Josh went to school with Coach Carter's wife and we also are friends with one of their newest hires: Jarrett Lambert, who will be coming the LT from Odessa Permian! While we are excited that Jarrett, Amber and Kyle are now in the area- we were hoping to be able to cheer them on- not cheer against them! ha.. Either way, we are excited that they are hear and it will make this district even more fun for all of us!
This is going to be a tough team to beat, but if we work hard and set some goals, I think that it is do-able!
Cedar Park Timberwolves-
Colors: Green, Silver and Black
Man, this is a hard team for me to talk about. As you know, Josh coached with their Head Coach for 8 years before heading to Rouse. Josh and I have a special place in our hearts from Cedar Park. For me, its going to be tough to just quit cheering for them! Its going to be fun thought! 4 of our Coaches have either coached with or played against 5 of Cedar Parks! And 3 of our Coaches Wives will, for the first time ever, be sitting on opposite sides of the stadium than Leslie, Audra, and Heidi!
In the 2009 football season, the Timberwolves were District Champions with wins over Leander, Vista Ridge, Georgetown and Round Rock: High, McNeil, Stony Point and their only district loss to Westwood by 3 pts. (CP just signed 3 Division 1 recruits this past week)
Its going to be tough to break through their huge Offensive Line, so our boys need to be hamming it up in the weight room!! (think Rockdale X's 10)
Dripping Springs Tigers
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Dripping Springs had it tough last year. They were in Lake Travis's District and lost all of their District Games, but that isn't to say that they aren't a good team. With the exception of Lake Travis, Pflugerville Hendrickson and Killeen High, they played in every game. It is my opinion that we will match up well with them
Josh also has a friend that coaches for the Tigers, his name is Ben Reid and they, along with our very own Luke Harrison, played football at Angelo State.
Marble Falls Mustangs
Purple and Gold
Marble Falls had a rough 2009 football season, they were in a district right along with Dripping Springs, playing that same tough schedule. They beat Dripping Springs and Pflugerville Hendrickson, but once again, they fared well against the other teams.
I think this might be the only school in our district that Josh doesn't have a good friend that coaches there!
Vista Ridge Rangers
Colors: Red and Black and Silver
Vista Ridge has had the toughest of schedules of the 10 years that it has been open. Like us, they are a relatively new school, they have only been open since approximately 2002. They have a new head coach as of last year: Rodney Vincent, who is a WONDERFUL guy. He wife is equally as great and is a part of our Coaches Wives Bible Study Session.
They had it rough the last 2 years being in with Cedar Park and that group. BUT, as a spectator at some of their games- it should be stated that the Rangers were IN every game that they played last year, so they will only improve!
I think we will match up well with Vista and I am looking forward to playing them.
Colors: Black and Silver (what is it with LISD and the Silver?:)
Its official- us and Vandergrift are now Varsity Teams- together, in the same district. WE are both in the exact same boat as far as we are both new schools that haven't played in a true Varsity game yet. I wish I had more information on the Vipers, as far as this past season, but I couldn't find much. I will keep researching and get you updated!
Well, as you can tell, we have our work cut out for us! WE have to stay focused and come into each week prepared and ready to play- no slacking from the players- or the fans!!
Because we are in a 7 team district, we have to beat 3 teams and we can make it into the playoffs. That would be pretty big considering we are in Region 4. If we can make it out and stay strong, then we have a legitimate shot at going a few rounds deep.
But for now, we have to focus on the task at hand before we can start focusing on Playoffs!
Spring Ball is coming up quick and I am ready to see how you prove yourselves!!!