Last season: 4-6 (1-6 in District 14-5A)
Key players: OL Brian Parish (6-5, 250), DB Courtland Clark (5-10, 165) QB Kadon Morton (6-2, 185), DE Nolan Daggs (6-4, 240), WR Mykelti Carelock (5-10, 175), DL Patrick Lee (6-0, 320).
The big picture: Coach Carlos Lynn, in his ninth season leading the Cougars, said his team will be “young, but talented” as they chase their first playoff berth since 2013. This will include Kadon Morton, a sophomore, who takes the reins at quarterback. Though the senior class is small, Lynn said it is filled with “good leaders who make good grades, and have done a good job of getting those younger guys to buy in. That’s a team concept.” The six returning offensive starters are mostly linemen, including Brian Parish, a senior Texas State commit. The defense brings back eight, led by senior Courtland Clark (80 tackles, 2 interceptions), along with juniors Nolan Daggs (3 sacks) and Lee (24 tackles). Injuries derailed the Cougars last season after a 3-0 nondistrict start, including the loss of their top two running backs and a change at quarterback. “When you start moving pieces, you don’t have quality depth,” Lynn said. With the exception of Aledo leaving and Seguin joining, District 8-5A stayed intact and moved to 9-5A. Lynn believes his team will not only make a run at the postseason, but can also contend for a district title, the team’s first since 2005. “Our expectations are high. We want it back,” he said.
Quotable: “When realignment came out, I told our kids that I’m happy we’re not in with teams like Lancaster, Timberview, Lake Ridge and Summit anymore. Then I said, ‘Guess what the teams in the district we’re going into are saying?’ They’re glad Aledo’s gone. But I believe where we’ve been has made us a tough football team.” — Coach Carlos Lynn
“That’s the wrong thing to think if they think Aledo leaving and us coming in is going to be another victory. The district we left was called the Little SEC [Southeast Conference]. Every week was a playoff game.” — Defensive back Courtland Clark
“We’re learning how to keep ourselves from taking ourselves out of the game. A team will have to learn how to play us instead of our mistakes.” — Offensive lineman Brian Parish
Notable: With the exception of Burleson Centennial, Seguin is no stranger to the teams in District 9-5A, having shared District 7-4A with six of them in 2010 and 2011. The Cougars went 6-6 against those teams in those two seasons.