Countdown to kickoff: Arlington High Colts

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District 4-6A

Last season: 6-5, 5-2 in District 3-5A

Key players: QB Hunter Collins (6-1, 175), RB Raymond Sheard (6-1, 195), WR Mason Shaw (6-1, 175), WR Bronderick Bell (5-9, 165), LB Glenn Davis (5-10, 195), S Kameron Carter (6-0, 180)

The big picture: The Colts have made six consecutive playoff appearances, but they want to go even further. Coach Scott Peach enters his 12th season with Arlington, and the Colts have one of the more experienced teams with 13 returning starters and a projected starting lineup that features 15 seniors. Hunter Collins, Mason Shaw, Bronderick Bell and Raymond Sheard are all seniors on offense and the latter is ready for a big year. Sheard finished 2013 with 935 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, but is seeking more. “I’m working hard to get more yards. I came up short of 1,000 last season, but my goal for this year is 2,000 yards,” Sheard said. Peach believes Sheard could be one of the best running backs in the Metroplex and Texas. “I’m really proud of him. He’s worked hard during the spring. It’s a fair assessment to go for 2,000 yards; he’s a tough kid,” Peach said. The Colts return nine players who were selected all-district last season, the most under Peach. Despite playing a good Duncanville team, the Colts’ biggest game will be against Arlington Bowie on Oct. 24 at AT&T Stadium.

Quotable: “We have a special senior class. They have great chemistry and enjoy playing together. Their motto is ‘band of brothers’ and they’re very talented.” — Coach Scott Peach

“My compliments to Jerry Jones and the Cowboys for allowing us to showcase the city of Arlington at AT&T Stadium. It’ll be an awesome night and it’s a dream come true for the players. It’s the top stadium in the world and to have an opportunity to play on that stage, it’s incredible. They’ll never forget that night.” — Peach

“Our quarterback’s weakness has been experience. Last three years, a senior had to wait their turn. Hunter has little game experience, but is a tremendous competitor. We expect great things from him. He’s a dominant runner, tough and a smart kid. He’s improving daily on throwing the ball ... I couldn’t be more pleased.” — Peach

“We had a little bit of spotlight with us making the playoffs last season, and with everybody coming back, we’re ready to make the postseason again. ... We want to win every game, win district and go to state.” — RB Raymond Sheard

Notable: The Colts started last season 1-4 before winning their last five regular-season games and falling 45-9 in the bi-district playoffs to Fossil Ridge. In six wins, Arlington averaged 48 points while giving up 15. ... New teams on the schedule include Duncanville and Lakeview Centennial.

— Brian Gosset

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