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August 27, 2013

16-4A coaches predict 4th place finish for Indians

JT, Whitehouse tabbed as leagues top clubs



There has been some disagreement among various pre-season publication as to how the Jacksonville Fight'n Indians will wind up in the 2013 season, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tomato Bowl against Carthage.

Generally speaking the magazine writers predict that that Tribe could finish as high as third, or as low as fifth.

So, perhaps it's only fitting that in the KYTX CBS 19 16-4A Pre-Season Coaches' Poll the league's field bosses have tabbed the Injuns to come in fourth place.

John Tyler's Lions have been selected to repeat as conference champions, followed by Whitehouse in second and Corsicana in third.

The coaches predict Nacogdoches to take the fifth spot, with Lindale pegged to occupy the cellar.

Though the Lions lost at least a dozen key players, John Tyler, nevertheless, returns seven starters on both offense and defense, giving the Lions plenty of experience to work with.

Whitehouse has a new head coach in Adam Cook, but look for the 'Cats to keep up their old winning ways, with 15 starters back.

The Cats' offensive star appears to be quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has committed to Texas Tech, with the only real question marks being several slots on the offensive line that must be filled.

Corsicana is the circuit's other team that is under new leadership. Steve Hoffman was hired earlier this year to take over for Phil Castles, who jumped ship for Henderson.

The Tigers' success could hinge on how fast the team grasps the new offensive and defensive systems that Hoffman has rolled out.

Tiger quarterback Devonte Bell is back after missing most of the 2012 season due to injury, so expectations are high in 'Cana once again.

With 17 starters back, Nacogdoches could be the sleeper and appears to have the talent and experience to mount a serious challenge for a playoff spot.

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