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District 25-6A Summer Football Preview Series: Defensive Lines


1. Round rock: Expect this unit to add to the tradition the Dragons have built on the defensive front in recent years. Travien Brown, a 6-2, 220-pound senior, leads the group after a district-wide second-team campaign that included 43 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for a loss in his last defensive point. He’s got plenty of company up front for a defense that allowed up 18.8 points per game in a district game last season. Junior Jett Jones anchors the inside at 5-10 and 290 pounds and had 45 tackles and a pair of sacks a year ago, while his classmate Ansel Nedore brings more height to 6 feet, 4 inches and 270 pounds . Focus too much on these players, and Elisha Collazo, the 6-1, 205-pound rusher, will do damage from his end point.

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2. Vandegrift: No Class 6A program in the Austin area, other than Westlake, has fielded more consistent defenses than the Vipers in the past five years. Expect more of the same, especially with a veteran defensive front that hosts arguably the district’s best lineman in senior Tucker Harrison. Last season, the lanky, 6-3, 205-pounder racked up 79 tackles and five sacks while earning an honorable mention in all states. Oliver Yndo, a 6-1, 230-pound junior, looks set to start on the other end after an impressive sophomore campaign that included 17 tackles. Head coach Drew Sanders and his team have also cultivated a lot of depth in this position, so expect a lot of new faces to turn.

Cedar Ridge defensive end Dave Nwaneri, right, finishes off Vandegrift runner Bowen Lewis in a district game in 2020. Nwaneri, a 6-1, 215-pound hybrid who can line up in the end or in the outside linebacker, brings speed to the limit and racked up 49 tackles and eight sacks a year ago

3. The Cedar Ridge: With an impressive mix of size and speed up front, the Raiders look set to lower last season’s average by 25 points allowed per game. Senior Dominic Bolden is entering his third season as a middle starter, and the 6-foot, 300-pounder solidified his reputation as the best running player last season with 35 tackles and four sacks. His classmate Dave Nwaneri, a 6-1, 215-pound hybrid who can line up at the end or outside of linebacker, brings speed to the limit and has racked up 49 tackles and eight sacks ago a year. Head coach Sam Robinson and his staff appreciate the potential of sophomore Malik Cousins, a 6-2, 250-pounder who looks set to make an immediate impact in his first college season.

4. Stone point: The Tigers are proud to have stopped the run, and an impressive front seven should once again make them a force in the defense. Defensive end Adam Whitfield, a 6-3, 200-pound senior, has won second-team honors in all districts and has a high engine and good leverage. Jacob Morales, a 6-1, 210-pound senior and 6-3, 220-pound classmate Ethan Hammond, also returns at the end to give Stony Point arguably the best lineman lineup in the district. If tackle Brian Lucero can return to the form he showed in second year before missing his junior season with injury, the 5-10, 250-pound tackle will strengthen the interior of a team that has allowed 30 points per game in 2020.

Hutto quarterback William Hammond gets a pass under pressure from Adam Whitfield of Stony Point in a game last season.  Whitfield, a 6-3, 200-pound senior, has won second-team honors in all districts and has a high engine and good leverage.

5. Vista Ridge: The Rangers have earned their reputation as a high-flying, happy hobby group that prefers to outdo enemies rather than defeat their enemies. But that could change this season for a team that allowed 24 points last season, especially with a pair of strong snipers defending in senior tackles Ethan Ellsworth and Trey Johnson. The 5-10, 265-pound Ellsworth made 40 tackles a year ago and offers a physical presence while the 6-foot, 260-pound Johnson has quick feet that make him surprisingly agile. Jahmar Fort, a 5-10, 220-pound senior, looks set for a big year at the end after 20 tackles and two sacks a year ago, and versatile junior Charlie Power could see the action on both lines.

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6. Hutto: A force for years up front has suddenly become a defensive concern, but that’s what happens when players like Braylon Sugg (West Texas A&M) and Landyn Watson (TCU) advance to the collegiate ranks. Thankfully, returning players such as 5-11, 260-pound senior Braeland Davis, 5-10, 260-pound senior Alden Fullilove and 5-9, 230-pound junior Torres seem poised to take on bigger roles. The trio combined for 56 tackles a year ago, and Davis and Fullilove in particular have the versatility to play indoors or away for a unit that allowed up 27.8 points per game a year ago. .

7. Westwood: No team has allowed more points or yards per game in district play in 2020 than Westwood, but senior Jack Ziebell will do his part to turn things around for the Warriors’ defense. The 6-4, 290-pound athlete – the whole district football player also won a district title as a wrestler and competed in the track season shot put – had 36 solo tackles among his 42 saves last season and can destroy on his own. a game plan. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Ziebell has no company when it comes to the other returning starters up front. Sophomore Henry Kubelka may have to play some important snaps on the defensive line, although his highest long-term position may be on the offensive line.

8. McNeil: Second-year head coach Scott Hermes has extensive experience on the defensive end of the ball, but he’ll have to work his magic with a group of linemen who host a single player with starting experience at Senior Hunter Snider. The 6-foot, 230-pound Snider typically lines up at the end, but has the strength and leverage to play indoors. He also has experience on the offensive line, but will likely be used primarily in defense. Hermes and his team will be spending a lot of time at fall camp trying to find other parts up front for a unit that allowed up 35.3 points per game in the winless campaign of 2020.


ABOUT THIS SERIES: Throughout the summer, community newspapers examine District 25-6A and rank each team, item by item. We then award points to the highest ranked team in each position, giving the leader eight points and one point for eighth place. We’ll update the total with each installment of the series, giving an idea of ​​which teams will compete for the district title and the four playoff spots.


First week: quarterbacks

Second week: running backs

Third week: receivers

Fourth week: offensive line

Week five: defensive line

Week six: linebackers

Week seven: Defensive backs

Week eight: Coaching / Intangible


1. Vandegrift, 31

2. Hutto, 27 years old

3. Stony Point, 24

4. Cedar Ridge, 22

4. Round rock, 22

6. McNeil, 20

7. Vista Ridge, 19 years old

8. Westwood, 15


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