Kickoff 2022: Everyone chasing No. 1 Albany in District 6-2A Division II

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Albany lineman Zane Waggoner (70) celebrates with quarterback Cole Chapman as Windthorst defenders look on. The celebration came after Chapman's 34-yard TD run gave the Lions a 14-0 lead with 7:09 left in the first quarter. Albany won the Region II-2A Division II championship game 28-14 on Dec. 3 at Newton Field in Graham.
Albany lineman Zane Waggoner (70) celebrates with quarterback Cole Chapman as Windthorst defenders look on. The celebration came after Chapman's 34-yard TD run gave the Lions a 14-0 lead with 7:09 left in the first quarter. Albany won the Region II-2A Division II championship game 28-14 on Dec. 3 at Newton Field in Graham.

District 6-2A Division II Prediction

  1. Albany

  2. Roscoe

  3. Cross Plains

  4. Miles

  5. Hamlin

  6. TLCA-Abilene

Albany, ranked No. 1 in Texas Football magazine’s preseason Class 2A Division II state poll, should have little trouble winning another district title. The Lions return 12 players, including six starters on both sides of the ball from a 13-1 region state semifinalist team.

Cole Chapman, a second-team All-Big Country Class 2A selection last year, returns at quarterback, while RB Cole Lefevre bolsters the running game which should thrive behind Zane Waggoner, a preseason Class 2A all-state pick by Texas football.

The Lions have some big shoes to fill in RB/LB Jaheim Newton – the Reporter-News’ Class 2A Player of the Year last season. Brooks Niece, a first-team all-Big Country linebacker, is another big loss.

Roscoe's Seth Wilcox (4) returns an interception during the Region II-2A Division II bi-district playoff against Quanah on Nov. 11 at Post. The Plowboys won 38-16.
Roscoe's Seth Wilcox (4) returns an interception during the Region II-2A Division II bi-district playoff against Quanah on Nov. 11 at Post. The Plowboys won 38-16.

Roscoe is the Lions’ biggest threat in the district. The Plowboys are ranked No. 24 in Texas Football’s state preseason poll.

Roscoe returns 18 players from a 9-2 team that, like Albany, went 4-0 in district. The Plowboys, who went two rounds deep in the playoffs, have six returning starters on offense and nine on a defense led by standout linebacker Trace Guelker (111 tackles, 11 sacks last year), a first-team All-Big Country pick last year. Seth Wilcox also was a unanimous first-team All-BC selection at receiver (33 catches for 633 yards eight TDs) and defensive back.

After those two teams, everyone is playing for third.

Cross Plains has 16 players, including all 11 starters on offense, from a 5-5 team. The Buffaloes also have nine starters back on defense. Cross Plains played a lot of youngsters last year, and the experience should pay off.

Miles returns 20 lettermen from a 3-8 squad. The Bulldogs have seven starters on offense and eight on defense back. QB Hayven Brook was a good one as a sophomore last year.

Hamlin should be much improved from an 0-10 season under first-year coach Chris Evans. The Pied Pipers return 14 lettermen (seven offensive/nine defensive starters).

Texas Leadership Charter Academy-Abilene makes the leap to 11-man football in its third year as a program. The Eagles didn’t get their first win as a six-man program until last year, and it will be a big challenge for them to stay healthy enough to field a team late in the season.

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ALBANY LIONS

Head coach: Denney Faith (36th season, all at Albany)

Last year’s record: 13-1, 4-0

Last district title/playoff appearance: 2021/2021

Returning lettermen: 12

Returning off./def. starters: 6/6

Players to watch: Wyatt Beard, OL/DL, Sr.; Cole Chapman, QB/DB, Sr.; Adam Hill, TE/DB, Jr.; Coy Lafevre, RB/LB, Sr.; Zane Waggoner, OL/DL, Jr.; Samuel Rosas, WR/DB, Sr.; London Fuentes, WR/DB, Sr.; Lanxton Viertel, OL/DL, Jr.; Tye Edgar, OL/DL, Sr.; Jayden Lucas, OL/DL, Sr.; Keatin Russell, WR/DB, Sr.; Clay Green, WR/DB, Sr.

2022 schedule

Aug. 26  - Lubbock Trinity

Sept. 2  at Dublin

Sept. 9  at Seymour

Sept. 16 - Hawley

Sept. 23  - Comanche

Oct. 7 at Miles*

Oct. 14 - Cross Plains*

Oct. 21 at Roscoe*

Oct. 28  at Hamlin*

Nov. 4  - TLCA-Abilene

*District

2021 results

Dublin  W 48-21

Hamlin W 50-0

Haskell  W 62-0

Anson   W 48-2

Olney  W 55-6

Meridian W 84-7

Hico       W 57-0

Santo      W 33-6

Cross Plains   W 61-3

Era          W 68-0

Olney       W 32-10

Muenster W 34-21

Windthorst      W 28-14

Straford   L 35-14

Haskell's Artem Brendle (33) bulls his way for yardage as Cross Plains' Noah Moses (10) and Riley Conlee (55) try to bring him down while Haskell's Cory Mathis (22) helps out. Cross Plains beat the Indians 28-7 on Sept. 10 at Buffalo Stadium in Cross Plains.
Haskell's Artem Brendle (33) bulls his way for yardage as Cross Plains' Noah Moses (10) and Riley Conlee (55) try to bring him down while Haskell's Cory Mathis (22) helps out. Cross Plains beat the Indians 28-7 on Sept. 10 at Buffalo Stadium in Cross Plains.

CROSS PLAINS BUFFALOES

Head coach: Daniel Purvis

Last year’s record: 5-5, 1-3

Last district title/playoff appearance: 1994/2021

Returning lettermen: 12

Returning off./def. starters: 11/8

Players to watch: Noah Moses, RB/LB, 5-9, 160, Sr.; Ryan Reed, WR/DB, 6-3, 190, Sr.; Ryan Hopkins, RB/LB, 5-9, 160, Sr.; Riley Conley, DL/RB, 5-9, 180, Sr.; Brennon Funderburk, OL/DL, 6-1, 230, Sr.; Alex Parker, OL/DL, 6-5, 300, Jr.; Dusty Wyatt, RB/LB, 5-9, 160, Jr.; Theron Albrecht, RB/LB, 5-8, 150, Jr.; Jaedon Box, OL/DL, 5-10, 220, Jr.

2022 schedule

Aug. 26 at Winters

Sept. 2  - De Leon

Sept. 9  at Hico

Sept. 16  - Junction

Sept. 23  - Smyer at Snyder

Oct. 7  at Roscoe*

Oct. 14 at Albany*

Oct. 21  - Hamlin*

Oct. 28 at TLCA-Abilene*

Nov. 4  - Miles*

*District

2021 results

Menard    W 33-14

Goldthwaite     L 27-0

Haskell     W 28-7

De Leon  W 21-13

Miles        W 37-32

Hico*       L 14-6

Santo*      L 42-7

Meridian*         W 60-12

Albany*   L 61-3

Muenster L 55-7

Clayton Rister makes the catch for Hamlin against the defense of Dylan Faulks (16) and Nathan Watson (11). The gainer was negated by a penalty but the Pipers overcame that to score on their opening drive on Aug 27.
Clayton Rister makes the catch for Hamlin against the defense of Dylan Faulks (16) and Nathan Watson (11). The gainer was negated by a penalty but the Pipers overcame that to score on their opening drive on Aug 27.

HAMLIN PIED PIPERS

Head coach: Chris Evans (2nd year at Hamlin)

Last year’s record: 0-10, 0-4

Last district title/playoff appearance: 2020/2020

Returning lettermen: 14

Returning off./def. starters: 7/9

Players to watch: Swenson Benavides, QB/DB, Jr.; Isaiah Garza, WR/LB, Sr.; Joseph Green, WR/LB, So.; Nathan Jones, RB/LB, Sr.; Samuel McNeely, OL/DL, Sr.; Clayton Rister, RB/LB, Jr.; Colton Spauling, QB/LB, Sr.; Nick Walker, OL/DL, Sr.

2022 schedule

Aug. 26  - Stamford

Sept. 2 at Water Valley

Sept. 9  - Crosbyton

Sept. 17  at Munday

Sept. 23  at Quanah

Oct. 6  at TLCA-Abilene*

Oct. 14    Miles,* 7 p.m.

Oct. 21    at Cross Plains,* 7 p.m.

Oct. 28    Albany,* 7 p.m.

Nov. 4   at Roscoe*

*District

2021 results

Stratford  L 38-6

Hawley    L 62-0

Albany     L 50-0

Anson      L 54-7

Haskell     L 25-0

Windthorst      L 45-0

Lockney         L 40-15

Ralls       L 68-0

Crosbyton    L 20-0

Roscoe   L 59-0

ROSCOE PLOWBOYS

Head coach: Jake Freeman (10th year, 49-53 all at Roscoe,)

Last year’s record: 9-2, 4-0

Last district title/playoff appearance: 2021/2021

Returning lettermen: 18

Returning off./def. starters: 6/9

Players to watch: Ivan McCann, RB/WR/LB, 6-0, 200, So.; Jax Watts, QB, 6-2, 155, Jr.; Seth Wilcox, WR/DB, 5-10, 165, Jr.; Trace Guelker, LB/DE, 5-9, 190, Sr.; Parker Gleaton, OL/DE, 6-3, 220, Jr.; Peyton Friedman, OL/DL, 5-10, 255, Jr.

2022 schedule

Aug. 26  - Colorado City

Sept. 10 at TLCA-Midland

Sept. 16  - Sterling City

Sept. 23  - New Home

Oct. 7   - Cross Plains*

Oct. 14  at TLCA-Abilene*

Oct. 21  - Albany*

Oct. 28  at Miles*

Nov. 4  - Hamlin*

*District

2021 results

Hawley    L 34-14

Stamford W 35-28

Miles        W 43-24

Christoval        W 42-30

New Home      W 44-12

Ralls*       W 26-14

Crosbyton*      W 58-6

Lockney*         W 46-6

Hamlin*           W 59-0

Quanah    W 39-16

Santo       L 33-12

Aspermont's Donovan Miller (7) upends TLCA-Abilene's Zaidryn Moreno-Nobles (60) on a run play in the first quarter. Aspermont beat the Eagles 45-0 in a nondistrict game stopped at halftime on the mercy rule at Curly Hayes Field. The Eagles make the jump to 11-man this season.
Aspermont's Donovan Miller (7) upends TLCA-Abilene's Zaidryn Moreno-Nobles (60) on a run play in the first quarter. Aspermont beat the Eagles 45-0 in a nondistrict game stopped at halftime on the mercy rule at Curly Hayes Field. The Eagles make the jump to 11-man this season.

TEXAS LEADERSHIP CHARTER ACADEMY-ABILENE EAGLES

Head coach: Jeremy Kirk (2nd year, all at TLCA-Abilene)

Last year’s record: 3-7, 2-2 (six-man season)

Last district title/playoff appearance: none/none

Returning lettermen: 21

Returning off./def. starters: 6/6

Players to watch: Anthony Cordero, LB, So.; Davin Cortez, OL/DL, Jr.; Isaac Guajardo, LB, So.; Jonathan Kirk, WR, Jr.; Zachery Mendoza, RB, Jr.; Luke Miller, RB, Jr.; Zaidryn Moreno-Nobles, OL/DL, Sr.; Maison Seballos, RB/LB, So.

2022 schedule

Aug. 26  - at Water Valley, 7 p.m.

Sept. 2  - at Munday, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9   at Sterling City

Sept. 16  at Lockney, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23  at Wichita Falls City View

Oct. 6   - Hamlin,* 7 p.m.

Oct. 14  - Roscoe,* 7 p.m.

Oct. 21  at Miles,* 7 p.m.

Oct. 28  - Cross Plains,* 7 p.m.

Nov. 4  at Albany,* 7 p.m.

*District

All home games at Hawley

2021 results

Woodson         L 56-5

Brookesmith    L 30-26

Panther Creek  L 51-34

TLCA-Midland        L 52-6

Aspermont       L 45-0

Mansfield Newman L W 66-18

Blackwell*        L 60-7

Trent*              W 69-49

Loraine*          L 66-7

Olfen*             W 51-6

This article originally appeared on Abilene Reporter-News: Roscoe, Cross Plains chasing Albany in District 6-2A DII football