Tigers must replace bevy of skills players
BY TOMMY MAGELSSEN
Frenship’s Cade Davis is going to be the No. 1 receiver.
There really aren’t any good reasons why he shouldn’t be. He’s earned it, and he has the most experienced.
The No. 2 receiver is more of a mystery, though, but at least one receiver is trying to lay his claim to it.
“Cade earned his spot. He’s going to be starting,” said senior receiver Devin Gonzales. “Cade’s a good receiver. I feel like I want to be on the field with Cade. I’m going to try to earn my starting position before season comes. I think me, Cade and Trevor (Lloyd) can make things happen. I believe that.”
Gonzales comes to Frenship after a 35-catch, 457-yard season at Brownfield. He was first team District 2-3A and had four touchdown catches. After playing at Frenship when he was an underclassman, he transferred back to the Tigers in the offseason, and is hoping to contribute on both sides of the ball.
Primarily a running team in recent memory, Frenship coach Brad Davis said the Tigers will be more balanced this year.
He also rattled off a number of players who will play in the three-receiver set.
“With Cade back, he’ll be the leader of the group,” Brad Davis said. “He’s been starting since he was a sophomore, I think he’ll do a good job of leading and bringing the younger kids along that don’t have the experience.”
Davis will be on the outside, and starting safety Will Wyatt will back him up, Brad Davis said.
Opposite Davis will be Dane Powell and Chad Curtis competing for playing time, while Christian Collins, Troy Gonzales and Aaron Vaughan will see time at the slot.
“All these kids that have played receiver, we’re going to have quite a bit of depth there,” Brad Davis said. “We’re going to try to play as many kids as we can. We’re going to be a fast-paced offense.”
The same core group of receivers will also try to anchor the secondary, as the Tigers lost all four starters from that group.
Cade Davis is moving from cornerback to outside linebacker, giving the Tigers good speed on the outside of the box.
Inside linebacker Stephen Smith and defensive end Carson Dunn both said the secondary was one of the weaknesses of last year’s defense.
Brad Davis, though, believes this year’s pass defense will be much improved, despite a complete overhaul.
“We’re going to have really talented, smart football players,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of experience back, but they’re going to be in the right place and be able to make plays.”
The coach said the Tigers have half a dozen players who can start at corner, including Devin Gonzales, Christian Condez, Matthew C. Rodriguez and Hunter Douglas.
While Wyatt has one of the safety spots secured, sophomore Peyton Elliot, Powell and Matthew Tackitt should play in the other position.
“It will be good competition with good athletes competing for those spots,” Brad Davis said.
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