Mart appears as explosive as usual athletically, and this season the Panthers also have experience with six starters returning on each side of the ball. This experience returning along with the five extra games they played a year ago puts Mart as one of the favorites to win the state title in 2013.
Head Coach: Paul Gould, 2012 Record: 11-3
Alto is a program steeped in pride and that, ironically, is the 'Jackets motto for 2013. Look for Alto to be in the mix once again for a deep sojourn into postseason play. The Yellowjackets went four rounds in 2012 and finished with 11-3. Team speed and strength at the skill positions give the 'Jackets confidence heading into 2013.
Head Coach: Kade Burns, 2012 Record: 12-1
One year removed from a State Championship, the Punchers were challenged with replacing key positions which were lost due to graduation last season. Finishing with a 12-1 record and a run to the quarterfinals, the Punchers were successful in answering that challenge. Mason returns enough from last season's team to be considered a legitimate challenger in Class 1A Div. 1.
Head Coach: Wayne Hutchinson, 2012 Record: 13-1
After winning the district title and earning a first round bye in the postseason, Stamford rolled through the Division I playoff bracket in 2012. The Bulldogs were hit hard by graduation but there's still talent remaining from their state title run.
Head Coach: Steven Cerny, 2012 Record: 12-2
The Comanches lose a few skilled position starters due to graduation, however much of the offensive line returns, along with RB Marcus Coleman. The defense could be a salty unit, with a pair of returning linebackers in Jacob Stafford & Brian Kloesel, who both accounted for nearly 200 tackles and 10 sacks last season.
Head Coach: Clint Zander, 2012 Record: 11-2
With six starters back on offense and five on defense, Bosqueville is poised for another big season after losing only to eventual state champ Mart in district play and Alto (also lost to Mart) deep in the playoffs. The Bulldogs return both their QB Collins, who passed for 2,500 yards while rushing for 600, and RB Gonzalez, who racked up nearly 1,200 yards on the ground.
Head Coach: Eddit Metcalf, 2012 Record: 11-2
Stratford won every district game by at least 20 points a year ago, and while this squad may not be as talented as a year ago, the Elks return 11 starters and still have enough pieces to win the district and go deep in the playoffs.
Head Coach: Jimmy Thompson, 2012 Record: 8-4
Ganado returns 8 starters on offense and 7 on defense from an 8-4 playoff team in 2012. Among those starters is all but one offensive lineman. Look for Indians RB, Clay Vesely, to have another big year behind the experienced offensive line. A year go, Vesely racked up 1,400 yards and 16 TD's.
Head Coach: Keith Woolf, 2012 Record: 10-2
What a difference a year makes! Heading into 2012 expectations were low for the Tigers coming off an 0-10 season in 2011. Now in their second season under head coach Keith Woolf, Anson looks to build on their 10-2 season from a year ago and make a run at a district title and a potentially deep playoff run.
Head Coach: David Husmann, 2012 Record: 7-5
After taking its lumps in non-district play, Weimar rolled to a district title a year ago behind a stingy defense and a potent set of skill players. The Wildcats are hoping things are just getting started as they have hopes for another playoff run.
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Head Coach: Terry Ward, 2012 Record: 10-5
Playing at Cowboys Stadium has become old hat for Ward and his crew, and they appear primed and ready for another trip in 2013. Chavis Gregory will look to duplicate his 2012 season (1,581 yds., 23 TD rushing) in 2013, and will have most of his o-line back with which to attempt it.
Head Coach: Wade Williams, 2012 Record: 13-1
After making a semi-final appearance last season, the Skyrockets look primed to not only duplicate last year's success but could be considered a 1A Division 2 title contender. Qb Klark Ashmore, which threw for over 2,100 yards a season ago, will have a pair of talented receivers in Long & Williams returning.
Head Coach: Brady Carney, 2012 Record: 9-4
Muenster must replace a talented group of seniors, but it still will be the district frontrunner and a favorite in the region. Walterscheid is the Hornets' biggest threat on both sides of the ball. The WR/DL had eight sacks a season ago, and being 6'6", he will cause havoc to many defensive backs.
Head Coach: Jason Hodde, 2012 Record: 11-2
First year HC Jason Hodde didn't disappoint in leading the Bulldogs all the way to the State Quarter-Finals before falling to Falls City. The Panthers must replace a three year starter at QB in Juwan Mathis, but the cupboard is far from bare with the return of WR/LB Louis Brown. At 6'6", brown is a force at both positions, earning all-district honors the past two seasons.
Head Coach: Jeff Kasowski, 2012 Record: 9-4
After a deep run to the regional semis in 2012, Coach Kasowski is expecting yet another deep playoff run in 2013. He will have most of his 2012 crew to attempt it with, led by Sr. QB Cade Grych in his second full season in Kasowski's offense for the Tigers.
Head Coach: Denney Faith, 2012 Record: 11-2
The Lions have rattled off two incredible seasons in a row where they went a combined 22-3. The 2013 season could be another successful one but there are some holes to fill on the offensive side of the ball as there were a handful of starters lost to graduation. The offensive line and linebacker position should be strengths of this Albany team this season.
7. FALLS CITY
Head Coach: Steve Marback, 2012 Record: 11-3
Coach Marbach's major concerns in 2013 are losing most of his offensive backfield to graduation and his team's size upfront. Outside of those concerns, The Beavers look to be in a position to repeat as district champions. The offensive line, while a bit small, is a solid unit with the return of 3 starters. If the Beavers can replace what they are losing from QB Cameron Soto, then expect another deep run.
Head Coach: Patrick Corcoran, 2012 Record: 15-0
The Moguls lost nearly every one of their key players from last year's state title team, but this Munday team will still have plenty of talent on the field. Sr. RB/DL L.J. Collier, and a Texas Tech commit, returns for his senior season. The Moguls have played 45 games the past three seasons, so Corcoran is hoping that extra practice time pays off for the most inexperience team he has coached at Munday.
9. MOUNT ENTERPRISE
Head Coach: Scott Holzhauer, 2012 Record: 9-4
Replacing a stud rB like Hunter Ammons will be tough, but Coach Holzhauer expects Justin Johnson (138 car. 1,163 yds. 17 TD rushing) to adeptly fill his shoes in the Wildcat backfield. The offensive line of the Wildcats will need to gel quickly in order to protect So. QB Christian Hammett.
Head Coach: James Henton, 2012 Record: 9-4
Quarterback Hunter Lile returns after leading the Kiowas to a regional Finals appearance while passing for an astounding 3,996 yards and 45 TDs. In all, if the offensive line is able to find replacements for a couple of starters who have graduated they could very well duplicate, if not eclipse last season's success.