2016 Woodlands Christian Football Preview
The Woodlands Christian football team will start 2016 looking to improve on their 7-win season a year ago. The Warriors dropped just one district game last season and a repeat performance in district play this year could mean a district title for second year head coach Mike Crocker and the Warriors. A playoff team in 2015, TWCA was defeated by Sacred Heart (Hallettsville) in the opening round, 28-11. Earning a playoff spot in 2016 will be a little tougher after realignment as the Warriors were put into a 10-team district that includes Northland Christian and Cypress Christian, both of which played in Division II last season.
Coach Crocker is confident his squad will be a playoff team in 2016 with the starting offensive and defensive lines returning. Crocker added “the strength of the team relies on our offensive and defensive linemen. They are a hard-working group that prides itself on being the strongest athletes on the field.” A lot of the credit for the line strength goes to the kids, who have been working out in a summer strength and conditioning program on their own. Anchoring the lines for the Warriors will be seniors Christian Mardaga, Chase Sillman, and Isaac Hudson. Pierce McBride also returns as a starter and expect Esteban Arjona, Seth Mallory, and Noah Hudson to compete for playing time when fall camp begins. With the leadership up front, expect a strong running attack in 2016.
Senior Austin Baker will see most of the touches out the backfield. Coach Crocker indicated Baker “did a tremendous job when he was in the game” last season and he steps into the starting role after the departure of all-district and all-state award winner Luke Hudson. Junior Zach Baker is also expected to see time in the backfield for the Warriors.
The quarterback position is up for grabs where Jake Howorth, a backup last season, will compete with freshmen Aaron Monsivaiz and Davis Lohr for the starting position. Whoever wins the QB competition will have an experienced receiving crew to work with. Seniors Ryan Doner and Oscar Pollitt return after good seasons in 2015 and junior transfer Ethan Peters will be in the mix at wide out.
Defensively, the Warriors will be strong again. The line returns intact and all-district award winner Austin Baker returns at linebacker. Returning in the secondary are sophomore Taylor Mabry, who received honorable mention all-district recognition a year ago, and senior Ryan Doner. All kicking duties are expected to be handled by Oscar Pollitt.
After a successful 2015 season, coach Mike Crocker and the Warriors should improve on their 7-4 mark a year ago and be a playoff team. The new 10-team district is top heavy and includes the two teams moving down from Division II and a state semi-finalist (Beaumont Legacy Christian). We expect the Woodlands Christian squad to be in the mix for a district title when the season wraps up on November 4th due to the experienced line play, athletic defense, and Crocker’s system the kids have bought into completely.
|2016 Woodlands Christian Schedule|
|8/12||@Brazos Christian (scrimmage)|
|8/18||Westbury Christian (scrimmage)|
|9/2||Logos Prep (district)|
|9/9||@Magnolia Legacy Prep (district)|
|9/23||Rosehill Christian (district)|
|9/30||@Northland Christian (district)|
|10/7||Lutheran North (district)|
|10/14||@Pasadena First Baptist (district)|
|10/21||Cypress Christian (district)|
|10/28||Bay Area Christia (district)|
|11/4||@Beaumont Legacy Christian (district)|