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Skyline vs. The Woodlands
6 p.m., Saturday, Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex
These two powerhouse programs have made it a habit of playing each other in regular season or playoffs. Skyline has had the upper hand in the last two encounters, outlasting the Highlanders 35-31 in the 2011 5A Div. I Region II final, then beating The Woodlands again, 42-28, in a Zero Week opener in Frisco.
Skyline will need several players to step up at key skill positions after graduating a bevy of talent to FBS college programs including quarterback Devante Kincade (Ole Miss), receiver Ra’Shaad Samples (Oklahoma State).
The Raiders’ strength will be a defense that features experienced and highly recruited veterans. The secondary is also skilled with cornerback Cedric Collins – a Texas A&M commit – and strong safety Derrick Dixon returning. Defensive tackle Mych Thomas is huge (6-1, 315 up front, and capable of taking on double-teams to free up linebackers like Anthony Wheeler.
Skyline’s best player is offensive tackle and TCU commit Ty Barrett (6-6, 305). His physical presence should helped the Raiders work in a new quarterback. Jacoby Williams and Sederian Copeland are expected to compete down to the regular-season opener.
The Woodlands’ best player is junior running back Patrick Carr who rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season.
The Highlanders are also stout on defense, having set a school record with four consecutive shutouts in 2012. The Woodlands returns key players Zach Krolczyk (DL), Thomas Gilstrap (LB), Phoenix Jones (LB), Tanner Birdsong (LB), T.C. Schneider (DB) and Tyler Murphy (DB) on defense.