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June 28, 2013

Area names glitter Texas Football

PORT ARTHUR — Every summer, football fans get a treat with the release of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. This year was no different, as a number of area teams and players received flattering write-ups in the publication’s almost hallowed pages.

 In District 20-4A, Beaumont Ozen’s Tony Brown just missed on even more media accolades, as he was listed as runner-up for the Class 4A Coverboy status. DCTF called Brown “one of the most coveted DBs in the entire country.”

 Nederland begins the season ranked No. 14 in the state and is the only southeast Texas school on the list. 19-4A foe Humble Summer Creek was ranked No. 7.

 That’s important as DCTF sees those two teams as the last two standing in Division I’s Region III, with Summer Creek topping Nederland for the Region III title and then losing to Denton Guyer in the state finals.

 DCTF had kind words for the Bulldogs in its Region III preview, saying that “once an unparalleled state power, the Bulldogs have suddenly found their stride again, and last year’s 12-2 regional final run could be a harbinger of things to come in 2013. DL De Shawn Washington (16 sacks), a Texas A&M pledge, and RB Kendrick Hopkins are legitimate all-state candidates.”

 Washington and Brown were both listed on the preseason all-state teams. Hopkins was singled out as a “money player,” who the writers would “definitely pay money to see.” Hopkins was cited for rushing for nearly 2,000 yards in two seasons and keying an offense that returns six starters.

 Not surprisingly, Nederland was picked first in the district rankings, followed by Beaumont Central, Vidor and Beaumont Ozen. Port Neches-Groves just missed the playoffs in fifth. Hopkins garnered preseason offensive MVP honors while Brown picked up defensive MVP.

 DCTF picked North Shore to win District 21-5A, with La Porte in second, Memorial in third and Deer Park rounding out the playoff entrants. Beaumont West Brook was picked fifth, just missing the postseason. Preseason offensive MVP honors went to North Shore running back Tristan Houston while teammate Zach Whitely, a linebacker, got preseason defensive MVP.

 La Porte was ranked No. 23 in the 5A Top 25 poll while North Shore was ranked No. 7. North Shore was also picked as a regional finalist in Division I, losing to Houston Lamar.

 Memorial’s Kameron Martin was mentioned as a potential breakout player. The magazine said that, “the first freshman to ever start for the Titans had fans talking before he even got to campus, and now the sophomore RB could be in line for a long, productive career.”

 On the college side, Baylor redshirt freshman Tre’Von Armstead from Memorial showed up on the two-deep depth chart at right tackle. Former high school teammate Terrence Singleton was running with the starters in the spring, but a groin injury sidelined him and left him off the Texas Football depth chart on defense.

 Former LC-M running back Alex Sezer made the Texas A&M depth chart at a true freshman as a backup cornerback. He’s behind Deshazor Everett, who Texas Football characterizes as a “major impact player.”

 At the University of Houston, former Memorial linebacker Elandon Roberts is listed as the backup middle linebacker to junior Derrick Matthews, who was picked as the team’s preseason defensive MVP.  Roberts transferred to Houston in the winter after playing for FCS school Morgan State last season.

 Beaumont Central’s Keenan Holman is listed as a starter at one of the receiver spots for Southern Methodist while Central’s Tevin Broussard was listed as a backup at free safety for UT-San Antonio.

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