Cougars to feature new faces; Lions hope returners lead rebound

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In its final victory of the 2012 season, Colleyville Covenant needed all three phases of the game to defeat Dallas First Baptist Academy 49-48 in the TAPPS DIII state quarterfinal.

Covenant went yard-for-yard against one of the best passing attacks in the state, combining with FBA for 1,007 total yards of offense. Covenant’s defense made a key stop on forth down with 2:42 left in the game and the game was ultimately won by a PAT, which was blocked but managed to find its way through the uprights.

Most of this year’s team won’t have much experience to draw from that game headed into the 2013 season, but winning is in Covenant’s tradition.

Here’s a look at Covenant’s returning squad, as well as Grapevine Faith:

2013 Cougars

Coach: Barry Morgan (5th season)

2012: 12-1 (4-0 in district); TAPPS DIII state semifinalists.

Key returners: RB Michah Lutz, WR/K Brooks Friedman, WR/DB Cameron Savage

Outlook: Covenant graduated 12 seniors from last year’s state semifinal team, which can be a much bigger blow to a private school team than that of your typical public school … Only three seniors return for the 2013 season, making this year’s Covenant squad much different from the last, Morgan said.

Carrying the offensive load this season is returning running back Lutz, who totaled 224 total yards in Covenant’s quarterfinal bout versus FBA… Quarterbacking duties will fall to either Matt Herman or Zach Carnes after the departure of Kade Thomas to graduation.

On the defensive side of the ball, Morgan hopes to see Michael Kim be a big playmaker at safety, while also taking a few hand-offs at running back … Don’t let the tipped PAT fool you, Morgan believes he has potentially the best kicker in TAPPS in Brooks Friedman, who finished third on the team in overall scoring … Friedman will also play wide out for Covenant this season.

2013 Lions

Coach: Kris Hogan

2012: 2-8 (0-6 in district)

Key returners: QB Bryce Wasserman, WR Zack Postema, DB Drake Reeves

Outlook: After an ugly 2012 season that saw no district wins for Faith, Hogan has one thing already in his favor in 2013, a returning quarterback. Wasserman threw for 1193 yards and 8 touchdowns as Faith’s starter last season, good for tops in the district in yards.

Postema returns after finishing last season as Faith’s second leading receiver, hauling in 16 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown … On defense, Drake Reeves will be Faith’s ball hawking defensive back, while splitting time on offense at wide receiver, where he caught 19 passes for 128 yards last year.

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