Belton Tigers Are Ready For The Next Step
Updated: February 10, 2016
Shipley's Retooled Tigers Look Promising
The Belton Tigers are gearing up for what should be a very good year in 2016. Head Coach Bob Shipley is entering his 3rd year with the Tigers after going 11-12 in his first 2 seasons.
The Tigers offense will once again be in the spotlight. Last year they averaged over 41 points per game. They will miss superstar offensive lineman Zach Shackelford but they bring back several key players off of that unit. The leader will be quarterback Peyton Mansell who was the District’s Offensive Newcomer and 1st Team All-District quarterback. Other returners on offense are RB Davion Peoples (1st Team All-District), OL Javon Chambers (2nd Team All-District) and TE Remington Lutz (2nd Team All-District).
The defense will need to improve. That unit gave up 33.5 points per game last year. That led to some very exciting games to watch as a football fan but to Tiger fans that is a lot of points to give up. That side will be led by LB John Harvey (2nd Team All-District).
Last year, the Tigers lost all 6 games by a total of 35 points. Their final loss was a wild 64-65 loss to Garland Rowlett in the Bi-District playoffs. Five of those losses were by 7 or less points and during those 6 losing games, the offense averaged 42 points a game.
The Tigers will be in District 8-6A for the next 2 seasons. Only the district number and region changed (was Region II and now Region I). They were in 12-6A for the past 2 seasons (8-5A in 2012-2013 and 12-5A from 2008-2011). Even though they changed districts and regions, their district mates did not. They will remain in the district with Copperas Cove, Waco Hewitt Midway, Killeen, Killeen Ellison, Killeen Harker Heights and Killeen Shoemaker.
Look for the Tigers to have one of their better seasons in school history next year. They are wanting to get back to when David Ash led the Tigers to a 10-2 record in 2009. Belton has an all-time record of 567-427-42 over 1,036 games. Coach Shipley has an all-time record of 136-58-0 which puts him in 274th place all-time for coaching wins.
Can the Tigers do this? Can they have one of their best seasons in school history? Can the offense keep scoring? Can the defense keep the opposing teams out of the end zone? We think they can.