Fort Worth South Hills
Last season: 6-4, 3-4 in District 7-4A
Key players: QB Tracin Wallace (6-1, 180), WR/DB Tylan Wallace (6-1, 170), WR/RB/DB Antwan Roberson (6-0, 190), WR/DB Treylon LaSalle (5-11, 170), OL Daniel Lozano (6-0, 235), DT Ben Herrera (6-0, 240), LB Martin Munoz (6-0, 205), SS Joe Smith (6-0, 165).
The big picture: After a 3-0 nondistrict run, the Scorpions fought their way through a tough district before losing to Fort Worth Southwest 55-42 in the final week to miss the playoffs. Coach J.J. Resendez said believes that this year’s strengths include speed and discipline. “We have several four-year starters that are now seniors. Their experience and leadership will be a huge asset for us to achieving our goals that we set in the off-season,” Resendez said. However, the Scorpions won’t have a lot of depth, size and leadership on the offensive and defensive lines. South Hills does have 14 returning starters, eight on offense, including twins Tracin and Tylan Wallace. Both are sophomores. Tracin was named Newcomer of the Year by the Star-Telegram last season. “It was amazing and a great feeling to win the award last season as a freshman. This season, I am looking to improve on reading the defenses much more,” Tracin said.
Quotable: “We will rely a lot on those four-year starters to direct the team, exhibit discipline and keep up our tempo in order to be successful. They are the heart of our team.” — coach J.J. Resendez
“Tracin will be a good player. His twin brother, Tylan, is just as athletic so those two could have big years.” — Resendez
“It’s cool to play with Tylan. We have a connection when we’re out there. It’s like when we use to play catch.” — QB Tracin Wallace
Notable: The Scorpions averaged 42.8 points in their six wins last season, but 23.8 points in the four losses. South Hills starts the season against Joshua for the third consecutive year, and is 3-1 in the past four season openers. New teams on the schedule include Fort Worth ISD teams Polytechnic, Paschal and North Side. South Hills, on the former site of private school Trinity Valley, opened with freshmen only in 1998 and added a grade each of the next three years. Their only playoff appearance was in 2006.