Fort Worth Southwest
Coach: Lanny Trammell
Last season: 9-3 (6-1 in 7-4A), lost to Wichita Falls Rider 31-21 in Division II area
Key players: RB Jameion Williams (5-9, 205); QB Devin Williams (6-0, 170); DB Cameron White (6-0, 205); LB Kenny Mayfield (5-10, 190); WR Trey Nevels (5-9, 155 ); LB/DE Semaj Thomas (6-2, 230); WR Isaiah Holmes (6-1, 205); WR William Luke (6-0, 170)
The big picture: The Raiders lost some pretty big names to graduation. Chief among them are record-setting receiver Robbie Rhodes and quarterback Wesley Harris, both of whom signed with Baylor. But Southwest has been one of the best programs in the Fort Worth school district for nearly a decade and the current players are driven to continue the legacy. Running back Jameion Williams, who rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 12 scores last season, is expected to carry an even bigger load this season and is poised for a monster year. Sophomore quarterback Devin Williams steps in as the starter after getting some seasoning a year ago due to injuries. The Raiders are stocked with speedy receivers with whom Devin Williams can work. On defense, Southwest will be all about speed, because the line will be young. Look for Cameron White and Semaj Thomas, who are expected to be among the best defenders in District 7-4A, along with the steady play of linebacker Kenny Mayfield, to key that side of the ball. If both lines come along, Southwest could challenge Aledo for supremacy in 7-4A and either way looks like a lock for the playoffs again.
Quotable: “We have a lot of kids who have stepped up, and I tell them all of the time nobody really knew about Robbie Rhodes when he got here. He made a name for himself. It’s up to them now, the ball’s in their court. It’s their time to make their name.” — Coach Lanny Trammell
“I’ve been here for three years straight, and
I think this year is the year. You know it’s that feeling you get when you know you’re going to be great. This year we have a lot of chemistry, we’re going to play like brothers.” — Jameion Williams
Notable: Southwest has gone to the playoffs eight of the past nine years, averaging just under eight victories a season over that span.
— Jarret Johnson
Special to the Star-Telegram
Southwests Jameion Williams had 12 touchdowns and more than 1,200 yards rushing last season.
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