“We look a lot different than last year,” Polly said. “Hopefully that translates to more victories.”
HEART OF HENNESSEY DEFENSE RETURNS
Hennessey's 4-3 defense brings back an experienced back seven, but coach Rick Luetjen will be breaking in a few new defensive linemen.
Defensive end Javy Renteria is back after starting as a sophomore, and three talented linebackers return in Abe Ortega, Dylan Hatchel and Carlos Torres.
Hatchel is also the starting quarterback.
MINCO MOVING TOP WR TO QB
Minco's Jacob Overton earned Little All-City honors as a wide receiver last season after catching 79 passes for 1,165 yards.
This season, the senior will make the move to quarterback to run the Bulldogs' spread attack as they look to make a fourth consecutive appearance in the Class A playoffs.
“He's been doing really well at quarterback,” said coach Clint Warren. “He's a special athlete that we can move around to a bunch of different spots. Even though he's never played quarterback in his life, he throws the ball well. We're definitely going to look at him as a running threat, too.”
Overton used the voluntary workouts this summer as an opportunity to acclimate himself to his new position. Finding players to fill the void left by Overton at receiver is a concern, but Warren is confident they'll be able to do so.
“We have some other kids that have been in the system and can step up with us moving him to quarterback,” Warren said. “We like to throw it around a little bit and our guys know that, so they're ready to step in.”
Overton will have a big target in 6-foot-5, 190-pound receiver Joe Mitchell.
SOUTHWEST COVENANT RBS BACK
Southwest Covenant features a potent rushing attack with senior Michael Cord returning after a 1,000-yard season. Junior AJ Wheeler also returns after rushing for 457 yards.