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2012 LSG Team Preview — Waco Connally Cadets

2012 LSG Texas High School Football Team Preview — Waco Connally Cadets

Team: Waco Connally Cadets (17-3A)

Team Site: Go Cadets!!

Colors: Blue/Gray

1st varsity season: 1951

Enrollment: 598 -- 4th largest in the district out of 6 schools

2012 Schedule:
Cameron Yoe
@ Marlin
@ Madisonville
Mexia
Alvarado
@ Lorena **
@ Waco Robinson **
China Spring **
@ Waco La Vega **
West **

Coach: Mike Rabe (2 years) 6-14 record at Waco Connally; 28-39 All-Time Coaching Record

Coaches Comments: We look to be stronger after another great off-season in the weight room. Because of that, we are faster all around, we have less injury, and we feel like we will have the ability to put up more points this year. District Outlook: LaVega, Connally, Robinson No surprises

Returning Lettermen: 16

Returning Starters: Offense: 6 Defense: 4

Key Players:
* Chris Harrison - WR - Passing game impact
* Chris Robinson - RB - very tough to bring down
* Terrence Ratliff - RB/LB - making plays on both sides of the ball 1st Team All-District
* James Griffin - DE - Extremely tough to block, very fast (4.46) big play maker 17 TFL 7 sacks
* LeOndre Wilson - LB - 1st Team All-District
* Skyler Hadden - WR
* Mike Powell - RB

2011 JV Record: 5-4-1

Notes:
* 2011 ended 5 consecutive non-winning seasons
* 21-39 record since 2006

  • Mike Says: The Cadets had a big turnaround last year with 2nd year coach Rabe going from 0 to 6 wins. This year they bring back 16 lettermen in hopes they will lead them to the playoffs for the first time since 2005. They open the season with one of the states best 2A schools in Cameron Yoe which will be a good yardstick. Look for them to go 5-5 or 4-6 for the regular season. They will have to knock of Robinson who is projected to be the 3rd playoff team in the district to get to the next level.
  • Chris Says: Waco Connally is one of those teams that is positioned well, but will need a couple things to go their way.  The bring back a lot of starters on offense  and a few good one on defense.  For that reason, last season's backups will have to step up.  They are going to have to step up fast as they face Cameron Yoe right off the bat and Alvarado just before district.  Once in district play, the Cadets will have to scrap to get one of the playoff spots.

Last Years Record: 6-4 overall 2-3 District

2011 Games:
at Cameron Yoe (6-5) (W 28-21)
vs Marlin (5-6) (W 40-6)
at Mexia (2-9) (W 42-14)
vs Caldwell (1-9) (W 49-0)
at Alvarado (14-1) (L 6-37)
vs Robinson (9-3)* (L 25-26)
vs Waco La Vega (11-1)* (L 0-40)
at Gatesville (4-6)* (W 20-7)
vs China Spring (4-6)* (4OT) (W 23-17)
at Lorena (7-6)* (L 26-35)

Playoffs: No Playoffs

History:
* All time record: 301-316-15 48.81% 632 games
* Playoff Years: (12) 1953,1961,1980,1984,1985,1986,1990,1997,1998,2003,2004,2005

Championship History: No Championship Games

Last 5 year record: 17-33

Last 10 year record: 51-55

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