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2012 LSG Team Preview — Idalou Wildcats

2012 LSG Texas High School Football Team Preview — Idalou Wildcats

Team: Idalou Wildcats (2-2A Division I)

Enrollment: 309 -- smallest in the district out of 6 schools

2012 Schedule:
@ Lubbock Cooper
@ Seminole
Littlefield
Friona
@ Shallowater
Brownfield **
Denver City **
@ Slaton **
Kermit **
@ Lamesa **

Coach: Don Long (1 year) 10-2; 10-2 all-time coaching record

Coaches Comments: Season Outlook: inexperienced, tough non conference schedule, will have to stay healthy. District Outlook: Brownfield and Lamesa dropping down from 3A, and Denver City with great skill people.

Returning Lettermen: 14

Returning Starters: Offense: 2 Defense: 2

Key Players:
* QB/DB Seth Reagan - Safety- 1st Team All-District DB All south plains, will start at QB this year also 48 tackles
* OL Derick Spargo - Center- 3 year starter
* FB/LB Tylo Kirkpatrick - FB and LB- only 2-way starter returning 68 tackles
* RB Jesse Flores
* RB/DB Cooper Downer

Notes:
* Will be moving from Division II where they won the 2010 state championship up to Division I

  • Mike Says: The Wildcats go from being one of the big fish in the pond to one of the small fish moving from DII to DI. Denver City will provide them with a challenge for the district title but they should still win it even with only 4 starters coming back from last year.  Seth Reagan will be a key contributor on both sides of the ball.  The playoffs will be tough with Littlefield, Eastland, Wall and Muleshoe in the region. Expect them to go 7-3 or 8-2 in the regular season and a trip to the Regionals.
  • Chris Says: Idalou has a lot going against them this season.  They are the smallest school in the district.  They made the move up from Division II to Division I ball.  Two of their district opponents dropped down from Class 3A.  The Wildcats only bring back 2 starters on each side of the ball - just three kids.  You would think that I would suggest a "rebuilding" year for Idalou, but I just can't.  They may not take district, but this program has a strong tradition and they WILL make the playoffs for the 14th consecutive time.   Once in the postseason, anything can happen and a team like the Wildcats can surprise a few people.

Last Years Record: 10-2 overall 6-0 District

2011 Games:
vs Lubbock-Cooper (8-4) (L 26-28)
at Littlefield (8-4) (W 27-6)
vs Friona (3-7) (W 41-7)
at Lubbock Roosevelt (3-7) (W 38-0)
at Stanton (5-5)* (W 45-7)
vs Hawley (7-3)* (W 52-0)
at Post (2-8)* (W 46-0)
vs Forsan (6-5)* (W 48-0)
at Anson (0-10)* (W 53-0)
vs Coahoma (6-5)* (W 40-6)

Playoffs: Division II Regionals
Bye Bi-District
vs Hamilton (6-6) (at Abilene Wylie) (W 41-0) Area
vs Cisco (14-1) (at Colorado City) (L 14-27) Regionals

History:
* Ranks #42 in the 2012 LSG Team Of The Decade Rankings
* 12 CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASONS
* 10+ win seasons 6 of last 7 years
* 21 consecutive non-losing seasons (2 5-5 seasons)
* 9+ wins 10 of last 12 seasons
* 5-5 vs. Littlefield since 2002
* All-Time Playoff Record : 32-29
* 44-5 in playoff games since 2006
* All Time Record 470-271-18 63.11% 759 games
* Playoff Appearances (31)
1948,1952,1958,1959,1960,1961,1965,1977,1978,1979,1984,1985,1987,1988,1992,1993,1994,1996,1998
2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011

Bi-District -- 1958, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009
Area -- 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1996
Regionals -- 1948, 1952, 1959, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2011
Quarterfinals -- 2006, 2007, 2008
Championship -- 2010

Championship History: (1) 1-0
2010 2A Division II - Idalou 20, Lexington 3

Last 5 year record: 54-10

Last 10 year record: 104-23

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