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Team: Smithson Valley Rangers

District: 26-5A

Coach: Larry Hill (16 years) 166-45 at Smithson Valley (#1 all time wins in Smithson Valley history); 176-56 overall

Last Years Record: 13-2 overall 7-1 Distirct

2008 Games:
vs Converse Wagner (6-5) (W 42-20)
vs Converse Judson (8-3) (W 23-13)
at *San Antonio Reagan (11-3) (L 7-10)
vs *New Braunfels (6-4) (W 20-7)
at *San Antonio Johnson (1-9) (W 42-7)
vs *San Antonio MacArthur (5-5) (W 30-7)
at *San Antonio Madison (9-3) (W 31-21)
vs *San Antonio Churchill (2-8) (W 34-13)
at *San Antonio Lee (2-8) (W 35-21)
vs *San Antonio Roosevelt (7-4) (W 24-7)

Playoffs: Division II Semifinals
Won 14-7 vs Pflugerville (8-3) -- bi-District
Won 38-14 vs San Antonio O'Connor (8-4) -- Area
Won 30-14 vs San Antonio Southwest (9-4)-- Regionals
Won 19-14 vs San Antonio Reagan (11-3) -- QuarterFinals

To hear the audio from the Smithson Valley vs. San Antonio Reagan game go to:
http://www.lonestargridiron.com/2008/12/06/120508-bonus-smithson-valley-vs-san-antonio-regan

Lost 19-41 vs Katy (13-3) -- SemiFinals

LIVE blog: Katy vs. Smithson Valley @ Rice University
http://www.lonestargridiron.com/2008/12/13/live-blogging-katy-vs-smithson-valley

Returning Lettermen: 28

Returning Starters: Offense: 3 Defense: 3

Key Players:
RB Robbie Mecke 610 yards 8 TDs rushing
WR JR Matt Hilston 33-341 yards 3 TDs receiving
LB Alex Rubin 107 tackles
LB Luke Hyde 64 tackles
CB Zack Craig 83 tackles 4 INTs

Notes:
Year in, year out, Smithson Valley is one of the most solidy coached teams in the state. They dont make mistakes. This year they do not have a lot of starters coming back but the defense will be solid. With that being said....it will be another 10+ win season for the Rangers. It will be a tough battle for the district 26-5A title with San Antonio Madison. Look for them to go 8-2 or 9-1 in the regular season and they will be a tough out again in the playoffs. I would expect at least a quarterfinal appearance.

History:
13 consecutive winning seasons
12 consecutive 9+ wins in season
10 of the last 12 years they have been in the regional championship game
Head Coach Larry Hill graduated from East Central in 1979 and was a ball boy when he was growing up there.
Playoff Appearances (14) 1994,96,97,98,99,2000,01,02,03,04,05,06,07,08

Championship History: Smithson Valley (3) 0-3
2001 4A Division I - Denton Ryan 42, Smithson Valley 35 - OT
2002 5A Division II - Southlake Carroll 45, Smithson Valley 14
2004 5A Division II - Southlake Carroll 27, Smithson Valley 24

Last 5 year record: 60-11

Last 10 year record: 121-19

By: Michael Wright
Lone Star Gridiron
www.lonestargridiron.com

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