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2012 LSG Team Preview — Wichita Falls Rider Raiders

2012 LSG Texas High School Football Team Preview — Wichita Falls Rider Raiders

Team: Wichita Falls Rider Raiders (5-4A)

Colors: Black/Gold

First Varsity Season: 1962

Enrollment: 1,697 -- 6th largest in the district out of 8 schools

2012 Schedule:
@ Abilene Cooper
@ Denton Ryan
Amarillo
Trophy Club Nelson **
@ Fort Worth Brewer **
@ Lake Dallas **
Azle **
@ Denton Guyer **
Denton **
@ Wichita Falls **

Coach: Jim Garfield (2 year) 19-9 (#5 in coaching wins at Wichita Falls Rider); 19-9 all-time coaching record

Returning Lettermen: 32

Returning Starters: Offense: 8 Defense: 5

Key Players:
* RB Dominic Thrasher 730 yards 12 TDs rushing
* QB J.T. Barrett Honorable Mention All-State (TSWA) & DIST OFF MVP 1,605 yards passing 1,521 yards rushing Committed to Ohio State TOP 30 QB
* OL Harrison Sorge 1st Team All-District Committed to North Texas TOP 45 OL
* WR John Hatch 415 yards 7 TDs receiving
* DB D.J. Arnold 55 tackles
* LB SOPH R.D. Wegman
* DL Cody Ribble
* LB Josh Haisten
* LB JR Sam Scribner
* DB Mason Stone

Notes:
* Have now gone to the Quarterfinals 2 seasons in a row

  • Mike Says: The Raiders return 13 starter and 32 lettermen from last years Quarterfinals team. This year they will again feature a good running game and defense. They will depend on QB J.T. Barrett a lot and he will be able to deliver. Look or another 10 win season as they should go 8-2 or 9-1 in the regular season and then go 2 or 3 rounds into the playoffs. Their district game vs. Denton Guyer should be for the district title.
  • Chris Says: Wichita Falls Rider had another great year last season and knocked off some really talented squads as they went deep into the playoffs for the second year in a row.  This season, they bring back 32 lettermen and the majority of their offense.  I expect the Raiders to be right there again this season.   Whether or not they take the district title, the Raiders will be a force in the playoffs once again.

Last Years Record: 10-4 overall 4-2 District

2011 Games:
vs Abilene Cooper (9-4) (W 36-35)
vs Kennedale (8-4) (W 28-21)
at Amarillo (8-4) (L 24-27)
vs Lubbock Coronado (1-9) (W 58-7)
vs Little Elm (6-5)* (OT) (L 44-51)
at Lake Dallas (9-4)* (W 38-35)
vs Denton Ryan (12-1)* (L 17-20)
at The Colony (4-6)* (W 59-35)
vs Denton (1-9)* (W 49-27)
at Wichita Falls (3-7)* (W 28-7)

Playoffs: Division I Quarterfinals
vs Wolfforth Frenship (10-1) (at Wolfforth) (W 42-14) Bi-District
vs El Paso Chapin (9-3) (at Ratliff Stadium) (W 37-10) Area
vs Killeen (8-5) (at Mansfield Newsom) (W 32-24) Regionals
vs Hewitt Midway (12-3) (at Mansfield Newsom) (L 34-54) Quarterfinals

History:
* 8 of the last 9 seasons have all been 7+ wins (2-8 in 2009)
* Raiders has gone to regional finals in 5 of the past 8 seasons
* all time record: 302-222-17 57.39% 541 games
* Playoff History: (17) 1965,1973,1974,1975,1982,1983,1991,1998,2000,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2010,2011

Championship History: No Championship Games

Last 5 year record: 41-23

Last 10 year record: 80-45

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