Coach Billy Turek
Defensive Coordinator, Shiner
In this day and age, truly dominating defenses are few and far between. Shiner’s defense, however, has suffocated opposing offenses all season with a relentless protection of the scoreboard. The Comanches have registered seven shutouts this year, and have held opponents to a miniscule 6.76 points per contest.
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Even the best defenses employ a “bend don’t break” strategy at times, and that was certainly the case for Hallsville during their 39-38 upset win over #4 Carthage. The Pirate defense turned Carthage back on four separate two-point conversion attempts, including the game-deciding play in overtime.
Through two games, the Baird defense has yet to give up more than 19 points in either game as the Bears have started the season 2-0 for the first time since 2010. Last week, the Bears put the clamps down on an experienced Menard offense to hold on for a 15-13 victory.
Graduation hit the Conquistadores hard after their 11-2 campaign a year ago, but “Coach Fama” has rebuilt a powerful offensive line that has fueled a 2-1 start to the 2015 season. Last week, Del Valle ran past 6A non-district foe Coronado, 41-38.
High-scoring shootouts are much more common than defensive struggles in this day and age, but the Armadillos found themselves in one this past Friday when Thorndale paid them a visit. The San Saba D proved to be the more dominant force, however, holding on for a 14-7 victory.
Heading into district play, Seymour’s 7-2A DII rivals shouldn’t expect the same team that finished last year 2-8. Coach Loyd took over the defense this past off season, and his energy and motivation have fueled a resurgence that has led to a 4-1 start for the Panthers – who have won three straight following a 40-21 road win over Valley View.
It was gut check time for the Rattler defense in the 4th quarter of the game with District 26-6A foe Johnson last week, with the Jaguars’ offense nine yards from a potential go-ahead touchdown. The Reagan defenders came up with a momentous stop before a missed field goal though, and survived to remain unbeaten on the year.
Just one week into October, the 5-1 Lions have already matched their win total from a year ago thanks to a stifling defense. They’ve pitched consecutive shutouts in their last two games against Palestine and last week in a rivalry game against Crandall.
After a 1-3 start to the season, the Panthers’ defense has tightened up, allowing fewer than 10 points against Palacios, Falfurrias and Bishop in a three-game win streak that has pushed Aransas Pass to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in district play.
After a 1-4 start looked like it might derail Arp’s season, they turned a corner three weeks ago in a 46-14 district win over Troup. Since then, the Tigers have allowed just 28 total points in a three-game winning streak. Last time out, they throttled New Diana in a 62-0 shutout victory.