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San Antonio area 5A teams to watch this spring

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San Antonio 5A teams to watch this spring

Alamo Heights Mules (3-7)
Head Coach (Record) – Ron Rittiman, 1st Season (74-59 overall at Johnson)
District – 14-5A Division II
Returning All-District – Jadon Scott (5’11/170, CB, Sr.)
Prospects to Watch –Chase Christianson (6’4/220, QB, Sr.); George Flesher (5’9/160, RB, Jr.); Boone Hetrick (6’5/300, OL, Jr.); Ben Segar (6’1/190, WR, Sr.); Alex Arnold (6’1/220, LB, Sr.); Roan Erwin (6’0/200, LB, Jr.); Gage Maples (6’1/205, LB, Sr.); Bo DeWees (6’2/230, DE, Sr.)
Spring Synopsis:  After 11 seasons as the only head football coach in Johnson history, the lure of the Athletic Coordinator position was too difficult to turn down for Ron Rittiman. Last season did not go as hoped for the Mules, but the cupboard has some tools to use in order for Alamo Heights to get back into the playoff discussion. Christianson is a good place to start on offense for the Mules with the potential to roll up some major yards this season.

Boerne Champion Chargers (13-2)
Head Coach (Record) – Keith Kaiser, 8th Season (63-23, 73-45 overall)
District – 14-5A Division II
Returning All-District – Reed Cantrell (6’4/215, WR/TE, Sr.); Luke Heck (6’1/220, DE, Sr.); Jaiden Nieves (DB, Sr.); Karson Kaiser (LB/P, Sr.); Preston Bell (6’1/270, OL, Sr.); Landon Eades (6’2/270, DT, Sr.); Garrett Menzies (6’2/180, LB, Sr.); Davis Pike (5’11/160, WR, Jr.); Derek Ford (6’2/230, DE, Sr.);
Prospects to Watch – Ethan Laing (5’11/200, RB, Sr.); Chance Cooper (6’2/290, OL, Jr.); Barrett Stewart (6’3/190, LB, Sr.)
Spring Synopsis: In 2019, Boerne Champion won Region IV in 5A Division II after going on a run in the playoffs using its offense. The Chargers averaged 51.5 points per game in four playoff wins. Gone is stat stuffer Luke Boyers at quarterback. Whomever assumes the role at quarterback will be dealing with a new offensive coordinator. Eight players are back from All-District performances a year ago.

Comal Canyon Cougars (0-10)
Head Coach
(Record) –Joe Lepsis, 3rd Season (4-16, 50-68 overall)
District –– 12-5A Division I (Region III)
Returning All-District — N/A
Prospects to Watch – Dallas Gomez (6’0/190, QB, Sr.); Michael Bassett (6’2/225, QB, Sr.); Micah Williford (5’9/170, RB, Sr.); Luke Greebon (6’2/180, WR, Sr.); Jack Loos (5’7/160, WR/DB, Sr.); Darien Tanner (5’11/155, DB, Sr.); Caden Holt (6’2/220, LB, Sr.); Alex Bouloubasis (6’3/200, LB, Sr.); Tristan Smith (5’10/170, LB, Sr.); Tendai Hananda (5’9/175, DB, Jr.); Cameron Welch (6’3/200, K, Sr.)
Spring Synopsis: Comal Canyon will be happy to get out of the vaunted district with the likes of Converse Judson, Cibolo Steele, etc. District 12-5A Division I and Region III in 5A Division I will be no picnic, but Canyon’s senior leadership and experience will make them well equipped for the drop down a division. Either quarterback prospect will help the Cougars move the sticks. Comal Canyon is a bona fide playoff team out of this district if the stars align.


Floresville TIgers (2-8)
Head Coach (Record) — Andrew Rohrs, 5th Season (17-25 overall)
Distriict –– 14-5A Division I
Returning All-District — Kole Hamilton (5’9, LB, Sr.)
Prospects to Watch — Dareion Murphy (6’1/200, RB, Jr.); Dominic Davila (6’5/270, TE/OL, Sr.); Trenton Hodge (6’2/300, OL, Sr.); Ty Hartmann (5’11/150, UT, Sr.); Grayson Kowalski (6’3/200, QB, Sr.); Harris Rohrs (5’8/175, LB, Soph.); Steven Vipond (6’4/235, DE, Jr.)
Spring Synopsis: Floresvvile was probably the most talented 2-8 team in the state in 2019, but a tough schedule and a list of close losses hindered the Tigers. Having elite level junior Dareion Murphy in the backfield is a huge coup for Floresville, while there are enough pieces on offense to make a splash in the district. Last year’s young defense is a year more seasoned. Floresville has not qualified for the postseason since 2017.

Kerrville Tivy Antlers (10-2)
Head Coach (Record) – David Jones, 9th Season (71-28, 109-41 overall)
District –– 14-5A Division II
Returning All-District — Fisher Middleton (5’11/170, RB, Jr.); Hayden Poe (6’3/190, DE, Sr.); Jack Patterson (6’0/195, Sr.); Aaron Ortega (5’11/235, OL, Sr.); Micah Harrison (6’2/260, DT, Sr.); Coleson Abel (DB, Sr.)
Prospects to Watch – Colby Oehler (5’8/170, LB, Sr.); Dalton Counts (5’11/160, DB, Sr.); Zachary Donaldson (5’11/180, WR, Jr.)
Spring Synopsis: Kerrville Tivy will need to reload in some places this season, which the Antlers are usually able to do with a seamless transition. A quarterback will need to step to the fill massive shoes with two seniors taking all the snaps in 2019. There is a lot to like about the Antlers, including a solid defensive unit with experience and size. Junior Fisher Middleton has a bright future ahead after breaking out as a sophomore in 2019.

Medina Valley Panthers (5-6)
Head Coach
(Record) – Lee Crisp, 2nd Season (5-6)
District – 14-5A Division II
Returning All-District – Joe Tarvin (6’4/215, DE, Jr.); Jared LaQue (OL, Sr.); Jared Marty (DE, Sr.); Michael Tomaseeli (5’7/150, CB, Jr.); Tyler Mangum (DB, Sr.)
Prospects to Watch – Sam Clendinin (6’0/185, QB, Sr.); Kaiden Hernandez (6’0/165, RB, Sr.); Seth Bullard (6’0/200, LB, Jr.)
Spring Synopsis: Medina Valley’s 2019 record is very misleading. A seven-point loss to Brenham in the area round of the 5A Division II playoffs proves that point. Expect Clendinin to inherit the starting position at quarterback. Clendinin is one of the top players in the district and will be ready to showcase his skills in August. The Panthers must replace James Gipson at running back. Junior defensive end Joe Tarvin is a name to monitor in the recruiting world.

Seguin Matadors (5-6)
Head Coach (Record) – Travis Bush, 5th Season (16-26 overall)
District — 12-5A Division I (Region III)
Returning All-District — Clark Ullrich (6’0/180, WR, Jr.); Marques Washington (5’8/175, RB, Sr.); Tristan Moreno (5’6, WR, Jr.); Daniel Gonzalez (5’11/220, C, Sr.); John-Michael Mata (5’7/175, LB, Jr.)
Prospects to Watch –Micah Rodriguez (5’9/170, QB, Sr.); Ian Box (6’2/210, DE, Jr.); Dravan McKnight (6’2/180, WR, Sr.); Garrett Stiles (6’2/150, K, Sr.); Josiah Luna (5’9/220, DL, Sr.); Allen Martinez (5’11/190, LB, Jr.)
Spring Synopsis: From all indications, Clark Ullrich will be moving to quarterback after his First Team All-District performance at wide receiver as a sophomore. Back are explosive playmakers Marques Washington and Dravan McKnight. A trio of junior on defense come back with a year of experience under their belts. John-Michael Mata was all over the field at linebacker, earning Defensive Newcomer of the Year.

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Head Coach (Record) – Ricky Lock, 7th Season (40-26, 160-102 overall)
District — 14-5A Division I
Returning All-District — Micah Young (6’2/210, LB, Sr.); Caleb Camarillo (5’11/175, RB, Sr.); Jeremiah Hall (5’10/165, LB, Jr.); Jonathan Reyes (5’6/180, DL, Sr.); Michael Salinas (6’2/210, DE, Sr.)
Prospects to Watch – Richard Torres (6’5/195, QB, Jr.)
Spring Synopsis: Let’s not sugar coat it. Success in football for Southside was the moon to them for decades. Not anymore, as head coach Ricky Lock has Southside flying at heights rarely seen. Lock’s 24 wins over the last three seasons are a school record. Caleb Camarillo accounted for more than 1,800 yards as a junior and features legitimate 4.5 speed. Richard Torres, an athletic quarterback, is a player to watch in the future. Micah Young is one of the Top 25 prospects in the city.

Southwest Dragons (6-6)
Head Coach (Record) – Alejandro Franco, 1st Season
District — 14-5A Division I
Returning All-District — Lloyd Young (RB, Jr.); Andre Mitchell (5’9/160, RB/DB, Sr.); Angel Narvaez (5’9, Sr.); Roman Ramierez (T, Sr.); Chris Smith (DT, Sr.);
Prospects to Watch – Chris Smith (RB, Sr.); Oscar Jimenez (K, Sr.); Trey Cano (WR, Jr.); JP Zuniga-Rodriguez (WR, Jr.)
Spring Synopsis: New head coach Alejandro Franco inherits the job from Matt Elliott after he moved on. The new head man was the defensive coordinator for the Dragons. Andre Mitchell is a good place to start after earning All-District honors on both sides of the football. A quarterback will need to emerge for Southwest to maintain its recent success. There are remaining pieces in order to make a run at a district title in year one under Franco.

Southwest Legacy Titans (6-4)
Head Coach (Record) – John Tarvin, 3rd Season (6-14 overall)
District — 14-5A Division I
Returning All-District — Zezar Tovar (6’1/180, Jr.); Homer Flores (5’11/145, RB, Sr.); Jorge Pineda (5’10, WR, Sr.); Javier Lira (K, Sr.); Zach Luna (5’11/225, DE, Sr.); Naythan Pena (5’9/180, LB, Jr.); Xzavier Morales (P, Sr.); Michael Arteaga (DT, Sr.); Juan Zamora (LB, Sr.);
Prospects to Watch – Javier Murillo (SB, Jr.); Isaiah Uibarn (DT, Jr.), Jake Casares (WR, Sr.)
Spring Synopsis: If Southwest did not think Southwest Legacy was a rivalry game, think again. Southwest Legacy evened the score in the all-time series last season with a 27-21 shocker in 2019. Experience on both sides of the ball, including at quarterback with junior Zezar Tovar. Homer Flores is one of the top offensive players a year ago and also returns for the Titans. After going 0-10 in its inaugural varsity season, Southwest Legacy went 6-4 last season.

Veterans Memorial Patriots (9-3)
Head Coach (Record) – Richard Mendoza, 3rd Season (17-7 overall)
District — 12-5A Division I (Region III)
Returning All-District — J.C. Solitaire (5’8/170, RB, Jr.); Jason Lazo (5’10/185, RB, Sr.); Cameron Colwell (6’4/190, K, Sr.); Simeon Woodard (5’9/170, CB, Sr.); ; Seth Powell (5’11/220, DT. Sr.); Omariay Wingate (6’1/260, OL, Jr.); Xavier Mitchell (6’1/215, DL, Sr.)
Prospects to Watch – Alex Alva (5’10/150, QB, Jr.); Samarie Stevenson (5’9/185, LB, Jr.);; Alex Brown (6’0/265, OL, Jr.); Caleb King (5’11/175, CB, Jr.); Kefa Pereira (6’1/245, DT, Jr.); Daivion Majette (5’11/250, DT, Sr.)
Spring Synopsis: Veterans Memorial lost three games in year two of varsity competition. The Patriots dropped decisions to both Region IV champions in 5A and in the playoffs to Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial, 29-25. After what it showed during the regular season, it seemed like an early exit for the Patriots. A quarterback needs to step up, while junior running back J.C. Solitaire is poised for a huge season. One of the top defensive back prospects in San Antonio is cornerback Simeon Woodard.

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