Fort Worth Polytechnic
Last season: 1-9 (1-7 District 6-4A)
Key players: WR/FS Frederick Carter (6-2, 200), CB Ivan Gastelum (5-8, 165), DE Deion Amerson (5-9, 240), RB/DE Anthony Redic (6-2, 200) C Marcos Fuentes (5-8, 240).
The big picture: Like most Fort Worth schools, the Polytechnic Parrots have a handful of players who can play both ways and make plays either on defense or in skill positions on offense. But, as the usual theme goes, it’ll be a matter of working with the limited depth they have this season, while not wearing out the kids they do have. “The challenge is to find positions where they can have the biggest impact on the field, and at the same time use them wisely where we don’t put them on every team — offense, defense and special teams — and they run themselves ragged and don’t have a chance to be productive,” coach Chris Roberts said. Polytechnic is coming off a 1-win season after beating Fort Worth North Side last year, 34-14. This year, they return leading receiver Fred Carter, who caught three touchdown passes last year and 348 yards. Carter also rushed for 515 yards and five touchdowns. Carter and Anthony Redic should be Poly’s top returners on both sides of the ball. At 6-2, 200, Carter plays both receiver and safety, while Redic — also 6-2, 200 — plays running back and defensive end.
Quotable: “Consistency wise, our numbers have been better than it has been the last two or three years. The main thing is that a lot of our incoming freshmen are not used to competing in athletics until school has already started.” — coach Chris Roberts
“All week during the summer, everybody came up here and worked really hard in the weight room. So we come out here and go at it every day. We go at it hard. Hard work, every day. We just push each other.” — WR/FS Frederick Carter
Notable: Two new district foes will be on the Parrots’ schedule this year: Lake Dallas and Grapevine. Polytechnic will travel to both schools.