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2013 Coaching Change: Idalou Wildcats

Old Head Coach: Don Long – Leaving to be the defensive coordinator in Andrews. He led the Wildcats to a 18-5 record in his 2 seasons winning a pair of district championships. Before taking over as head coach, he was a long time defensive coordinator for the Wildcats. He had coached at Idalou for for 24 years.

New Head Coach: Jeff Lofton — Was an assistant with the Wildcats since 2009. He has also worked as an assistant with Midlothian (2002-04), Midland Greenwood (2004-05), Lubbock Monterey (2005-07) and Kennedale (2008-09). This will be his first head coaching job. His father is law is longtime Idalou coach Johnny Taylor, who retired after leading the Wildcats to the 2010 Class 2A state championship. Coach Lofton is a 1997 grad of Idalou. Coach Taylor finished his career with an all-time coaching record of 189-64-3 which ranks him in the Top 110 in all-time coaching wins.

Team News: The Wildcats have had 22 consecutive non-losing seasons (they went 5-5 during 2 seasons in that stretch).

Coaching changes for 2013.

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Idalou won their 475 all-time game during their 35-20 win over Denver City

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
@ 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

* 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

* Ranks #42 in the 2012 LSG Team Of The Decade Rankings
* 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)

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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Here is how LSG predicts the 2011 season will end.

Division I: Godley will have a great year for the 3rd consecutive season going 22-2 over the previous two seasons. New Boston will represent the first two regions in the championship for their first appearance. Hempstead will have a great run in 2011 after back to back 7 win seasons. Tatum is the only veteran school, having been in four previous championship games. New Boston looks to be the favorite to win their first ever football championship in what is sure to be a great game with Tatum.

Region I Champion: Godley Wildcats

Region II Champion: New Boston Lions

Region III Champion: Tatum Eagles

Region IV Champion: Hempstead Bobcats

Championship: New Boston Lions win over Tatum Eagles

Division II: Idalou and Lexington are back as Region champs but they will both fall short of a championship repeat. Omaha Paul Pewitt will win over Idalou and go to their fourth championship game. In the other bracket Refugio will defeat Lexington this year in the semifinal rematch to face Omaha Paul Pewitt and play in their fifth championship game. Refugio is then favored to go on an win their first championship since 1982.

Region I Champion: Idalou Wildcats

Region II Champion: Omaha Paul Pewitt Brahmas

Region III Champion: Lexington Eagles

Region IV Champion: Refugio Bobcats

Championship: Refugio Bobcats win over Omaha Paul Pewitt Brahmas

Class 5A Championship Predictions!
Class 4A Championship Predictions!
Class 3A Championship Predictions!
Class 2A Championship Predictions!
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By: Michael Wright & Chris Doelle
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Idalou Hires Long After Winning The 2A DII Championship

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2011 Coaching Change: Idalou Wildcats

Old Head Coach: Johnny Taylor — Retiring after leading the Wildcats to a 189-64-3 record over the last 22 years. He retires on top as the Wildcats won the Class 2A DII State Championship last season. His teams have made the playoffs 16 times including the last 11 in a row. His son Chris is an assistant coach at La Vernia. Coach Taylor ranks #97 on the all-time coaching wins list.

New Head Coach: Don Long — Long time defensive coordinator for the Wildcats. He has coached at Idalou for as long as Coach Taylor had been there…22 years.

Team News: The Wildcats are on a 11 year winning streak and have had 10+ win seasons 5 of last 6 years.

Click To see all the coaching changes for 2011

By: Michael Wright
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2011 LSG Team Previews


Here are the schools that we are planning on doing 2011 Pre-Season Previews on. If your school is not on the list and would like it added, just email us at


A&M Consolidated Tigers
Abilene Eagles
Abilene Cooper Cougars
Allen Eagles
Arlington Martin Warriors
Austin Bowie Bulldogs
Austin Westlake Chaparrals
Cedar Hill Longhorns
Cibolo Steele Knights
Clear Creek Wildcats
Clear Springs Chargers
Converse Judson Rockets
Coppell Cowboys
Cypress Creek Cougars
Cypress Woods Wildcats
Denton Guyer Wildcats
DeSoto Eagles
Euless Trinity Trojans
Galena Park North Shore Mustangs
Harlingen Cardinals
Houston Memorial Mustangs
Laredo Alexander Bulldogs
Longview Lobos
Lufkin Panthers
Katy Tigers
Katy Cinco Ranch Cougars
Klein Collins Tigers
Mesquite Horn Jaguars
Midland Bulldogs
Odessa Permian Panthers
Pasadena Dobie Longhorns
Pearland Oilers
Port Arthur Memorial Titans
Round Rock Stony Point Tigers
San Antonio MacArthur Brahmas
San Antonio Stevens Falcons
San Antonio Wagner Thunderbirds
Southlake Carroll Dragons
The Woodlands Highlanders
Tomball Cougars
Tyler Lee Red Raiders
Aledo Bearcats
Austin Lake Travis Cavaliers
Bastrop Bears
Birdville Hawks
Brenham Cubs
Cedar Park Timberwolves
Corpus Christi Calallen Wildcats
Dallas Carter Cowboys
Dallas Highland Park Scots
Dayton Broncos
Denton Ryan Raiders
El Campo Ricebirds
Friendswood Mustangs
Frisco Liberty Red Hawks
Gregory-Portland Wildcats
Houston C.E. King Panthers
Houston Wheatley Wildcats
Kerville Tivy Antlers
La Marque Cougars
Manvel Mavericks
Mesquite Poteet Pirates
Montgomery Bears
Pearland Dawson Eagles
Port Lavaca Calhoun Sandcrabs
Port Neches-Groves Indians
San Angelo Lake View Chiefs
San Antonio Alamo Heights Mules
Smithson Valley Rangers
Stephenville Yellow Jackets
Tyler John Tyler Lions
Victoria East Titans
Waco Hewitt Midway Panthers
Weslaco East Wildcats
Wichita Falls Rider Raiders
Wylie Pirates
Alvarado Indians
Argyle Eagles
Aubrey Chaparrals
Athens Hornets
Brownwood Lions
Carthage Bulldogs
Celina Bobcats
Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojans
Cuero Gobblers
Dallas Madison Trojans
Geronimo Navarro Panthers
Gilmer Buckeyes
Henderson Lions
Ingleside Mustangs
Kirbyville Wildcats
Lucas Lovejoy Leopards
Monahans Loboes
Navasota Rattlers
Sealy Tigers
Snyder Tigers
Sweeny Bulldogs
Tyler Chapel Hill Bulldogs
West Columbia Roughnecks
West Orange-Stark Mustangs
Wimberley Texans
Axtell Longhorns
Boyd Yellow Jackets
Cameron Yoe Yoemen
Daingerfield Tigers
Edna Cowboys
Idalou Wildcats
Lago Vista Vikings
Lexington Eagles
Littlefield Wildcats
Newton Eagles
Omaha Paul Pewitt Brahmas
Refugio Bobcats
Rice Consolidated Raiders
Schulenburg Shorthorns
Tatum Eagles
Vanderbilt Industrial Cobras
Wall Hawks
West Rusk Raiders
Whitney Wildcats
Albany Lions
Canadian Wildcats
Falls City Beavers
Ganado Indians
Goldthwaite Eagles
Mart Panthers
Shiner Comanches
Windthorst Trojans


CLASS 2A DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP: Idalou Wildcats vs. Lexington Eagles

CLASS 2A – Division II Championship

Lexington (14-0) vs. Idalou (11-3)

4 p.m. Saturday, Vernon Newsom Stadium, Mansfield


* This will be the Wildcats first championship game.

* This will be the Eagles 2nd championship game.  They lost to China Spring back in 1978.

All-Time Playoff Records: Idalou (30-28) Lexington (23-12)

Idalou Playoff History:

Playoff Appearances (30) 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

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
Quarterfinals — 2006, 2007, 2008

All-Time Playoff Record : 30-28
13-4 in playoff games since 2006

Championship History: No Championship Games

1948 Class B
Idalou 25, Hale Center 24 BI-DISTRICT
Happy 34, Idalou 14 REGIONALS

1952 Class B (no state champion)
Idalou 19, Friona 0 BI-DISTRICT
Idalou 46, Claude 7 REGIONALS

1958 Class A
Farwell 40, Idalou 18 BI-DISTRICT

1959 Class A
Idalou 27, Farwell 18 BI-DISTRICT
Stinnett 42, Idalou 20 REGIONALS

1960 Class A
Farwell 14, Idalou 12 BI-DISTRICT

1961 Class A
Kress 22, Idalou 15 BI-DISTRICT

1965 Class A
Kress 20, Idalou 0 BI-DISTRICT

1977 Class AA
Littlefield 13, Idalou 8 BI-DISTRICT

1978 Class AA
Muleshoe 21, Idalou 6 BI-DISTRICT

1979 Class AA
Muleshoe 27, Idalou 13 BI-DISTRICT

1984 Class AAA
Idalou 24, Perryton 7 BI-DISTRICT
Wolfforth Frenship 10, Idalou 0 AREA

1985 Class AAA
Idalou 39, Amarillo River Road 7 BI-DISTRICT
Kermit 21, Idalou 6 AREA

1987 Class AAA
Kermit 42, Idalou 6 BI-DISTRICT

1988 Class AA
Idalou 35, Olton 0 BI-DISTRICT
Quanah 25, Idalou 20 AREA

1992 Class AA
Springlake-Earth 14, Idalou 7 BI-DISTRICT

1993 Class AA
Idalou 21, Shallowater 20 BI-DISTRICT
Idalou 21, Canadian 6 AREA
Goldthwaite 21, Idalou 0 REGIONALS

1994 Class AA
Idalou 20, Lockney 15 BI-DISTRICT
Idalou 23, West Texas 8 AREA
Hamlin 59, Idalou 3 REGIONALS

1996 Class AA
Idalou 42, Bovina 0 BI-DISTRICT
Spearman 24, Idalou 14 AREA

Albany 21, Idalou 14 BI-DISTRICT

2000 Class AA DIVISION I
Idalou 35, Colorado City 0 BI-DISTRICT
Sonora 42, Idalou 16 REGIONALS

Coahoma 28, Idalou 9 BI-DISTRICT

Idalou 21, Seagraves 7 BI-DISTRICT
Idalou 13, Ozona 8 AREA
Cisco 20, Idalou 17 REGIONALS

Crane 20, Idalou 14 BI-DISTRICT

Lockney 27, Idalou 13 BI-DISTRICT

Idalou 27, Lockney 10 BI-DISTRICT
Idalou 26, Canadian 14 AREA
Crane 27, Idalou 13 REGIONALS

Idalou 42, Shallowater 21 BI-DISTRICT
Idalou 33, Canadian 0 AREA
Idalou 33, Wall 14 REGIONALS
Stratford 19, Idalou 17 QUARTERFINALS

Idalou 26, Abernathy 9 BI-DISTRICT
Idalou 20, Stratford 7 AREA
Idalou 38, Blanco 14 REGIONALS
Canadian 21, Idalou 18 QUARTERFINALS

Idalou 56, Alpine 7 BI-DISTRICT
Idalou 47, Friona 6 AREA
Idalou 26, Brady 9 REGIONALS
Cisco 27, Idalou 13 QUARTERFINALS

Crane 13, Idalou 7 (2 OT) BI-DISTRICT

Idalou 33, Alvord 3 AREA
Idalou 42, Crawford 6 REGIONALS
Idalou 20, Holliday 3 QUARTERFINALS
Idalou 17, Paul Pewitt 0 SEMIFINALS

Lexington Playoff History:

Playoff Appearances (13) 1964,1968,1978,1997,1999,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2009,2010

Championship History: Lexington (1) 0-1
1978 1A – China Spring 42, Lexington 3

Bi-District — 1999, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009
Regionals — 1964, 1968, 1997
Quarterfinals — 2005
Semifinals — 2004, 2006
Runner Up — 1978

All-Time Playoff Record : 23-12
16-5 in playoff games since 2005

1964 Class A
Lexington 21, Hubbard 0 BI-DISTRICT
Rosebud 13, Lexington 0 REGIONALS

1968 Class A
Lexington 26, Groesbeck 14 BI-DISTRICT
Rosebud 28, Lexington 0 REGIONALS

1978 Class A
Lexington 14, Bartlett 0 BI-DISTRICT
Lexington 28, Hull-Daisetta 13 REGIONALS
Lexington 6, Falls City 5 QUARTERFINALS
Lexington 22, Franklin 21 SEMIFINALS
China Spring 42, Lexington 3 CHAMPIONSHIP

1997 Class AA
Lexington 27, Buffalo 6 BI-DISTRICT
Lexington 41, Garrison 22 AREA
Elysian Fields 20, Lexington 14 REGIONALS

1999 Class AA DIVISION I
Mart 42, Lexington 7 BI-DISTRICT

2002 Class AA DIVISION I
Comfort 76, Lexington 28 BI-DISTRICT

2003 Class AA DIVISION I
Comfort 40, Lexington 20 BI-DISTRICT

Lexington 55, Hitchcock 20 BI-DISTRICT
Lexington 32, Dilley 13 AREA
Lexington 35, Yorktown 0 REGIONALS
Lexington 13, Rogers 7 QUARTERFINALS
Troup 42, Lexington 13 SEMIFINALS

Lexington 40, East Bernard 14 BI-DISTRICT
Lexington 21, Poth 14 AREA
Lexington 40, Schulenburg 14 REGIONALS
Blanco 27, Lexington 21 (OT) QUARTERFINALS

Lexington 30, Jarrell 0 BI-DISTRICT
Lexington 31, Schulenburg 14 AREA
Lexington 31, Freer 7 REGIONALS
Lexington 26, Somerville 0 QUARTERFINALS
Mart 31, Lexington 14 SEMIFINALS

Troy 48, Lexington 35 BI-DISTRICT

Rice Consolidated 21, Lexington 11 BI-DISTRICT

Lexington 21, Frankston 13 AREA
Lexington 56, Corrigan-Camden 25 REGIONALS
Lexington 24, West Rusk 0 QUARTERFINALS
Lexington 45, Refugio 24 SEMIFINALS

2010 LSG Preview — Idalou Wildcats

Team: Idalou Wildcats

District: 2-2A DII

Coach: Johnny Taylor (21 years) 176-62-3 at Idalou (#1 in all-time wins at Idalou); 176-62-3 overall record (#137 on the all-time coaching wins list)

Last Years Record: 7-4 overall 5-2 Distirct

2009 Games:
vs Seminole (8-4) (L 6-7)
at Levelland (1-9) (W 28-0)
vs Lubbock-Cooper (3-7) (W 17-0)
at *Shallowater (7-3) (W 10-7)
vs *Denver City (5-5) (W 14-9)
at *Post (8-4) (L 9-14)
vs *Littlefield (10-2) (L 16-35)
at *Lubbock Roosevelt (4-6) (W 41-27)
vs *Abernathy (3-7) (W 30-21)
at *Slaton (2-8) (W 32-0)

Playoffs: Division II Bi-District
vs Crane (12-2) (2OT) (L 7-13) Bi-District

2010 Schedule
27-Aug @ Cooper 7:30
3-Sep vs. Littlefield 7:30
10-Sep @ Friona 7:30
17-Sep vs. Lubbock Roosevelt 7:30
1-Oct vs. Stanton 7:30*
8-Oct @ Hawley 7:30*
15-Oct vs. Post 7:30*
22-Oct @ Forsan 7:30*
29-Oct vs. Anson 7:30*
5-Nov @ Coahoma 7:30*

Returning Lettermen: 15

Returning Starters: Offense: 8 Defense: 7

Key Players:
QB JR Alec Estes 1198 yards 6 TDs passing
RB JR Kale Johnson
TE/LB Brent Turner 133 tackles 5 INTs HM All-State LB 1st Team All-District TE and LB
DL JR Riley Payne
LB JR Bryce Schilling
DB Tyler Dowdy 45 tackles

The Wildcats have 15 starters returning from a young 2009 team that finished 7-4. They will be young again this year but they are now Juniors and will look to make it 5 of 6 years to have at least 10 wins in a season. The Wildcats are one of the favorites to win it all in the newly created Division II of Class 2A. Expect them to go 8-2 or 9-1 in the regular season and make it to at least the quarterfinals. A game they have circled early in the season is vs. Littlefield which is one of the best teams in Class 2A Division I.

10+ win seasons 4 of last 5 years
19 consecutive non-losing seasons (2 5-5 seasons)
9+ wins 8 of last 10 seasons
All Time Record 434-262-18 62.04% 714 games
Playoff Appearances (29)

Championship History: NO CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Last 5 year record: 54-12

Last 10 year record: 100-23

By: Michael Wright & Chris Doelle
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