“Our only returning starter this year is center Caleb Buchanan. A unanimous All-District selection as a junior, Caleb has helped the young guys develop.”
Buchanan also paid kudos to junior Ruben Moxley, who has filled in at right guard for senior starter Preston Braham, who was injured in the first week. The coach has also been impressed with sophomore right tackle Hunter Harris, who has worked very hard at his position — hard enough to win the starting job from a senior.
Aledo opens district against a winless Arlington Heights squad who is under the direction of a new head coach (though he was the offensive coordinator last year) and a different quarterback the Yellowjackets thought they would have coming into the 2013 season.
The ’Jackets, who also started slow last year, are hoping to grow up quickly enough this season to elevate to at least the second tier of the finishers to grab a playoff spot. They will no doubt learn some lessons this week in their tilt with the Bearcats, but will have to wait another week, and look to Trimble Tech for its first win of the season.
Springtown vs Graham
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Porcupine Stadium
Type: Homecoming; Non-district.
Last year: Graham 32, Springtown 28
Graham Steers (4-0)
Last season: 13-2 overall, 4-0 in District 5-3A
Class 3A, DII semifinalist
Last week: Beat Breckinridge, 44-0.
Players to watch: QB Ben Davis (5-11, 175, 4.6); RB Dillon Gonzales (5-9, 160, 4.4); WR Bryce Reeves (5-10, 170, 4.7); NG Husky Melendez (5-11, 290, 5.4).
Springtown Porcupines (1-3)
Last season: 6-5 overall, 4-1 in District 6-3A
Class 3A, Div. II, bi-district finalist.
Last week: Lost to Gainesville, 41-18.
Players to watch: LB Kolyn Waldrop (6-1, 225, 4.7), WR Ryan Hester (6-0, 190, 4.8), DB Collin Rector (5-7, 160, 4.7), RB Ryan Snow (6-1, 170, 4.6), WR Dillon Springfield (6-1, 160, 4.4), QB Landry Turner (5-10, 165), WR Dylan Ray (5-11, 160, 4.8).
The Pojo offense is another high producer thus far in the season, although wet-ball conditions the Gainesville defense put a hitch in their point-scoring get-along last week at Leopard Stadium, holding Springtown to a season-low 18 points. Turnovers killed Springtown’s offensive efforts, who out-gained Gainesville in total offense, 445 to 266.