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District 2A-2 football notebook: Little Axe ready for breakthrough season?

Justin Harper Published: August 17, 2009

To earn a playoff berth last season, Jones had to win four of its final five games. This year, the Longhorns expect to get off to a better start but also play with the intensity they closed with.

With nine starters back on defense, including standout tackle Micah Thompson, Jones boasts one of the district’s best defensive units.

The 6-4, 294-pound Thompson is being recruited by Oklahoma State and Texas Tech already, despite having two more years to play at Jones. Nathan Henthorn and Weston Frith, both senior linebackers, will form a stout wall behind Thompson.

On offense, the Horns have four of five starters on the line back. They’ll lead the way for running back Kris Vaughn, who ran for 700 yards in 2008.

Last year’s school record 9-3 campaign and a playoff victory has Lexington thinking big again. And the Bulldogs have the firepower to return to the postseason.

"Our strength is our experience on both sides of the ball,” said Lexington coach Brad Beller.

And there’s a lot of it. Lex returns 18 starters. Four-year starting quarterback Seth Howard has thrown for more than 2,500 yards in his career and run for 2,000 more. And Howard will have a trio of proven runners with him in the backfield in John Somers, Travelle Pelkey and Steven Howard.

Breakthrough season for Indians?

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