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2013 LSG Team Preview — Smithson Valley Rangers

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Team: Smithson Valley Rangers (25-5A)

Team Colors: Navy/White

1st varsity season: 1976

Stadium: Ranger Stadium

Enrollment: 2,165 -- 4th largest in the district out of 6 schools

2013 Schedule:
Aug. 30, 2013 SAN ANTONIO BRANDEIS
Sep. 6, 2013 LAREDO UNITED
Sep. 13, 2013 EL PASO MONTWOOD
Sep. 19, 2013 SAN ANTONIO MADISON
Sep. 27, 2013 AT CORPUS CHRISTI KING
Oct. 11, 2013 SAN MARCOS
Oct. 18, 2013 CONVERSE JUDSON
Oct. 25, 2013 AT NEW BRAUNFELS CANYON
Nov. 1, 2013 NEW BRAUNFELS
Nov. 8, 2013 AT SAN ANTONIO WAGNER

Coach: Larry Hill (19 years) 203-54 at Smithson Valley (#1 all time wins in Smithson Valley history); 213-65 all-time coaching record

Returning Lettermen: 38

Returning Starters: Offense: 4 Defense: 3

Key Players:
* QB Garrett Smith 1st Team All-District 1,317 yards passing 718 yards rushing 17 total TDs
* K Aaron Kennedy 1st Team All-District
* DL/P Mason Nasis 1st Team All-District P
* WR Xavier LaGrant 2nd Team All-District
* WR Joseph Barsalou
* RB Cameron Jones
* DB Shane Piatnik
* DB Carlos Castello

Notes:
* 17 consecutive winning seasons (189-37)
* 9+ wins in 15 of last 16 seasons

  • Mike Says: The Rangers are always a solid team year in and year out and this year will be no different. They were back in 5A after a 2 year stint in 4A. They have 38 lettermen returning but not many of them were starters. Look for them to go 8-2 or 97-3 in the regular season fighting Converse Judson for the district title. After that they will go 1 or 2 rounds in the playoffs.  They have big games against Brandeis and Madison.
  • Chris Says: Larry Hill has been one of my favorite coaches for years... how can you argue with the success of this program and his staff?  The big game is the first one for the Rangers - San Antonio Brandeis.  After wiping the floor with Brandeis to start the season last year, Smithson Valley again proved how hard it is to beat a team twice in the same season when they lost a much closer game in the playoffs.  SV will have very tough sledding in the rest of their games as well when they face San Antonio Madison and Converse Judson.  Tradition alone will not win any of those games.  Does Coach Hill have a surprise for the detractors who have written them off this season?  We will see.  I expect them to be in the hunt for the district title and the success of their season to come down to that second round playoff game once again.

Last Years Record:  Overall 11-1 District 5-0

2012 Games:
at San Antonio Brandeis (12-2) (W 41-7)
at Laredo United (3-8) (W 38-14)
vs El Paso Montwood (8-3) (W 51-29)
vs San Antonio Madison (11-3) (W 49-24)
vs Corpus Christi King (5-6) (W 44-6)
at San Marcos (1-9)* (W 35-7)
at Converse Judson (8-4)* (W 45-14)
vs New Braunfels Canyon (3-7)* (W 35-3)
at New Braunfels (3-8)* (W 42-27)
vs Converse Wagner (6-5)* (W 35-7)

Playoffs: Division II Area
vs San Antonio Reagan (7-4) (Alamodome) (W 21-14) Bi-District
vs San Antonio Brandeis (12-2) (SA's Comalander) (L 20-28) Area

History:
* 10 of the last 16 years they have been in the regional championship game
* 6-1 vs. Converse Wagner
* 7-1 vs. San Antonio MacArthur since 2004 (Mac won in 2010)
* 11-1 vs. New Braunfels Canyon since 2004 including 10 wins in a row
* All-Time Record 246-175-6 58.31% 427 games
* Playoff Appearances (17) 1994,1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005
2006,2007,2008,2010,2011,2012

Championship History: (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: 50-11

Last 10 year record: 107-22

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