Fort Worth Wyatt
Last season: 3-7, 2-5 in District 7-4A
Key players: RB Javonte Adams (5-9, 175); QB Cameron Randle (5-10, 195); CB Barry Handy (5-10, 165), OL Javon Mosley (6-6, 320), OL Blake Harrison (6-4, 340)
The big picture: Before the start of last season, Wyatt running back Javonte Adams set the 2,000-yard rushing mark as a goal for the season. His coach, Zachary Criss, said he could post 200 yards in six games last year. Ultimately, he fell just short, with 1,702 total yards rushing with three games over 200 yards. It was a result of the circumstances of the team, which won only three times last season and found that most of the second half of games was needed to utilize the passing game. However, as Adams enters his senior year with a commitment to Colorado State under his belt, the sky is the limit, Criss said. What he hopes Adams will prove this season is his ability to power through the line to complement his speed around the outside. Alongside Adams to help with some of those rushing goals are two inexperienced but “tough-nosed” offensive linemen, Javon Mosley and Blake Harrison, both who stand 6-foot-4 and over. Criss said he is confident in his offense as Wyatt enters fall practice, but it’s the defense that will need leaders to step up and fill holes. Criss said he has three sophomores stepping in who are good players but lack experience, which makes the defense a question mark.
Quotable: “I promised him, this is his senior year, and if he has goals and he wants to meet those goals, then I’ll allow him to meet those goals.” — coach Zachary Criss on RB Javonte Adams
“I’m not setting any goals for just myself, it’s for my team — working hard and helping people step up to the plate so we can win district next year. We don’t just want to win playoffs, we want to win district. I will put that up there and say we can back that up, too.” — Javonte Adams
Notable: With a 2-5 district record last season, Wyatt failed to make the playoffs, snapping a four-year playoff run.
— Travis L. Brown