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2012 LSG Team Preview — El Campo Ricebirds

2012 LSG Texas High School Football Team Preview — El Campo Ricebirds

Team: El Campo Ricebirds (25-3A)

First Varsity Season: 1911

Stadium: Ricebird Stadium (Capacity: 8,000)

Enrollment: 975 -- Largest in the district out of 7 schools

Coach: Bob Gillis (14 yars) 112-41-2 all-time record at El Campo (#1 in All Time Wins at El Campo); 141-53-2 all-time coaching Record

Returning Lettermen: 23

Returning Starters: Offense: 5 Defense: 5

Key Players:
* TE/DL Cole Hunt 1st Team All-District Committed to Rice
* OL/DL Trey Martin 1st Team All-District Committed to Rice
* OL JR Zeke Tsika
* FB Montray Johnson 922 yards 12 TDs rushing
* LB Brett Prihuda 80 tackles
* RB/DB Jack Davis
* DB Mike Wall
* QB Bryce Brandl

Notes:
* Will be moving down to Class 3A for the first time since 1968

  • Mike Says: The Ricebirds have been very competitive in Class 4A over the years so there are big expectations this year. What can you expect from the Ricebirds? Expect tough defense and a good running game led by Cole Hunt and Trey Martin who are the guys up front. Look for them to battle Sealy and Bellville for the district title and finish the regular season at 7-3 or 8-2. After that they should go 2 or 3 rounds in the playoffs.
  • Chris Says: El Campo is another team that is dropping down to make Class 3A a dogfight.  The not only return a lot of experience including 5 starters on each side of the ball, but they take on a whole new district in 25-3A.  They are not going to walk all over their new opponents but they will be right there in the hunt for the district title.   Once in the playoffs, they may not even get as far as last season because Class 3A is so packed with great teams.

Last Years Record: 7-4 overall 4-2 District

2011 Games:
at Waller (3-7) (W 43-21)
vs Houston Westside (8-3) (L 14-46)
vs Clear Falls, JV (W 21-14)
vs Wharton (6-7) (W 41-6)
vs Angleton (13-1)* (L 34-36)
at Richmond Foster (3-7)* (W 28-14)
vs Rosenberg Terry (9-2)* (L 13-23)
at Bay City (3-7)* (W 38-32)
vs Freeport Brazosport (1-9)* (W 20-7)
at Lamar Consolidated (5-6)* (W 30-0)

Playoffs: Division II Bi-District
vs Manvel (15-1) (at Freeport Hopper) (L 21-35) Bi-District

History:
* Ranks #8 in Class 3A All-Time Winning %
* 6 consecutive 7+ win seasons
* The Bay City-El Campo rivalry is the states longest running
#1 consecutive years played 91 years 1920-2011 106 all time games El Campo holds a slight 55-43-8 edge This series started in 1911 with a 0-0 tie, El Campo jumped off to a 13-0-4 advantage before Bay City won for the first time (13-6) in 1924. El Campo now has a 5 year winning streak
* All time record: 617-305-38 66.25% 960 games
* Playoff Appearances: (31)
1926,1927,1930,1931,1936,1944,1945,1946,1947,1948,1949,1957,1963,1967,1971,1989,1990,1991,1994
1995,1996,1997,1998,2003,2004,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011

Championship History: (1) 0-1
1967 3A - Brownwood 36, El Campo 12

Last 5 year record: 41-14

Last 10 year record: 77-36

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