Seniors leading Cougars' charge
By L. SCOTT HAINLINE
Cy Creek quarterback Chuckie Keeton and his fellow seniors are locked-and-loaded heading into their final season with the Cougars.
We want to go out with a bang," said Keeton, who recently committed to the Air Force Academy. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we know we can't take anything for granted. There was a lot more focus in the spring and summer, and we've had tremendous efforts from so many players, and everyone is putting their priorities in order during this early part of the season."
Cy Creek consistently had 50-60 players out on a daily basis this summer, and they all want to better the 9-2 overall mark from last season, and defend the district championship.
The Cougars were edged 21-20 by Cy Woods in their only district loss, and fell to Leander 39-35 in the first round of the playoffs in 2009.
Keeton, in his first full season under center, completed 130 of 214 for 1,366 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions, and also scrambled for 1,098 yards and scored 14 times on 168 totes.
I have a great deal of confidence in my arm," he said, and with all the outstanding offensive weapons we have, we're ready to do even more this year."
Senior running back Jermichael Selders is back after rushing for 1,533 yards and 23 touchdowns on 171 tries, and the Cougars are deep at wide receiver thanks to seniors Will Chenoweth and Jared Schultz, and juniors Jarred Gipson and Devan Demas.
We feel good about going through the air or on the ground," Keeton said. The team likes to have the ball in any of those guys' hands."
The offensive line is also stacked with senior returning starters Kyle Bockeloh (Air Force) and Dylan Johnson as bookend tackles, junior guard and letterman Julian Perez (size 18 shoe), and junior center and newcomer Martin Cravey.
The guys up front are just great," Keeton said. I just can't say enough about how hard they work for our potential success."
The Cougars held off the rest of the district for the 2009 title, and defending the crown will be even harder with Cy Ranch and Cy Lakes in the mix and creating a nine-game league schedule.
Every district game is a big test," Keeton said. Every team wants the championship, and they want to knock off the current champ, and that means we have to be even more focused."
Air Force will try to take advantage of Keeton's multiple talents, but that's a season away.
I'm glad to have all that taken care of," Keeton said. It's going to help me be even more centered on what we need to do as a team to be successful, and without having to try and decide where to go, there will be fewer distractions."
Senior defensive leaders include linemen George Woods, Kelyon Hollis and Ebere Azuogu, linebacker Chris Campbell, safeties Jarred Gipson and Derek Greenup, and cornerbacks Daniel Fortin and Darrus Harper.
And there's additional firepower coming from junior Kerry Brown, and sophomores Jordan Prentice and Remington Connors, at linebacker.
Cy Creek's lone predistrict game is its season opener at 7 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Klein Oak.
The Cougars open district with their Homecoming game against Cy Springs at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Pridgeon Stadium.
If this was a beauty contest, we could pass the eyeball test right now," Cy Creek coach Greg McCaig said, but we're not going to take anyone or anything lightly, especially in our district.
Every year it's tough, and you can go up or down in a hurry like we found out when we had no district wins in 2007, and then went undefeated in district in 2008."
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