09 Jul 2014 Season Preview
The 2014 Pottsboro Cardinals season preview
2014 should be an exciting season for the Pottsboro Cardinals, they are the defending district champs abut start life in a new district with some new rivals for the crown.
3A5-D1 should be extremely challenging with Pilot Point, Van Alstyne, Farmesville & Whitesboro providing plenty of competition. This has to be one of the toughest districts in the state. According to Dave Campbell’s magazine this should be one of the best district races in the state. It’s ironic that for the first time in 3 years the Cardinals are picked to win the district since they haven’t lost a district contest since 2010.
Aug 15 Scrimmage vs. Melissa 7:00
Aug 21 Scrimmage @ Bonham 7:00
Aug 29 Aubrey 7:30
The Cardinals have opened the season with the Chaparrals the last 2 years and won both. Last year the Cardinals jumped out to a 14-3 lead at the half on a couple of short Thaddeus Flinn TD runs and won going away 20-9. Aubrey ended the 2013 season at 2-8 and have a new coach in Keith Ivy. Ivy coached the last 2 years at Class A Seymour and won the district title both years. Aubrey is a member of 4A-3 D2.
notes: Ivey, 41, graduated from Sanger, career coaching record 23-11 in 3 years. Dad was the head coach at Sanger from 1988-2001. All-time series 11-3 Cards.
Sept 5 Gunter 7:30
The Tigers handed Pottsboro 1 of their 2 losses last year, the Cards fell 28-12 @ Gunter in week 2. The Tigers used sustained drives in the first half scoring on 10-play, 11-play & 12-play drives to lead 21-6 at intermission. The Tigers went 9-3 in 2013 losing a heart breaker to Scurry-Rosser 25-21 in post season.
notes: Gunter is one of the few teams to have an all-time winning record vs. Pottsboro the series is 4-6.
Sept 12 Boyd homecoming 7:30
The Cardinals last faced the Yellowjackets in 2011 when they were district opponents in 2A5-D1. Pottsboro won in 2011 33-14 at home. Boyd was in district 5 last year finishing 3rd and 4-7 overall. The Jackets QB last year was Clay Barnett who will be a junior this season. Barnett passed for 1,083 yards. Boyd’s top 3 receivers all graduated plus their leading running back Fino Cardona graduated, he led the Jackets with 1,674 yards rushing.
notes: Pottsboro leads the series 3-1, with the first meeting in 1984. Brandon Hopkins is in his 2nd year as head coach, in 2013 he took over for legend J.G. Cartwright who coached Boyd for 35 years and amassed 274 wins including 2 state championships.
Sept 19 @ Bowie 7:30
These teams met last year in the Bi-District round with Pottsboro winning 30-8. The Cardinals led 24-0 at half thanks, in part, to Patton Lyons 111 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Jackrabbits lost their quarterback but return their top 2 running backs.
notes: Cardinals lead all-time series 4-3, meeting for the first time in 2002.
Sept 26 @ Howe 7:30
In 2013 the Cardinals and Bulldogs were in the same district, Howe is dropping down to 3A D2 but they still meet in a non district battle. Last year at Howe the Cards defense fired their only shutout beating Howe 28-0, holding the Bulldogs to only 126 yards. The Bulldogs return their leading rusher in Anthony Hawthorne for 2nd year coach Zach Hudson.
notes: Pottsboro leads series record 15-10-1, first meeting in 1972.
Oct 3 open date, much better spot for the week off. Gives the Cardinals a week to prepare for district play.
Oct 10 @ Farmersville 7:30
District 3A5-D1 opener for the Cardinals. In 2013 the Cards pulled off one of the great come from behind wins of the year. Trailing 10-3 at halftime, Pottsboro scored 3 td’s in a 6 and a half minute span during the 3rd quarter and held on for the victory 24-17. The Farmers lose one of their top offensive players, Andrew Simmons rushed for 556 in 2013. They do return standout RB Darrin Pennington, 1046 yards on the ground plus their QB Cole Anderson who threw for 1,388 yards and 12 td’s. Should be one of the most difficult games of the year.
notes: all time series tied at 7-7. Pottsboro has won 4 in a row.
Oct 17 Callisburg 7:30
The Cardinals and Wildcats have had some great matchups in the past and 2014 should be no different. Callisburg was 6-4 and just missed the playoffs last year. Ritchie Pinkard is in his 2nd year at the helm, the Wildcats graduated their top qb, rb & wr but do return qb Morgan Rigsby who was injured in 2013.
notes: Pottsboro leads series 13-3, last met in 2011 with Cardinals winning 39-18.
Oct 24 @ Van Alstyne 7:30
The Cardinals won a classic last year in Val Alstyne holding on for a thrilling 23-21 victory over the Panthers. Van Alstyne will be one of the favorites for the district crown as they return everyone from a 7-5 playoff team last year. QB Alex Phillips did it all for the Panthers last season, rushing for 1,329 yards and throwing for 864. Top running back Donte Kehler also returns, he had 756 yards on the ground and averaged 8.3 yards per carry.
notes: Pottsboro leads the all-time series 14-7.
Oct 31 Pilot Point 7:30
Tradition rich Pilot Point is back on the Cardinals schedule. The Bearcats were 7-4 and a playoff team in 2013 finishing 2nd in their district. Pottsboro and Pilot Point have had some classic games over the years and 2014 should be no different. The Bearcats have 16 starters back including their QB Travis Garrett who is the top returning passer in the district with 1,823 yards and 16 TD’s plus 889 rush yards and 12 TD’s
notes: The Bearcats lead the series 5-12-1. In 2008 the Bearcats handed Pottsboro their only regular season loss 33-27 in Pilot Point. Rob Best is in his 3rd year as the head coach going 16-14.
Nov 7 @ Whitesboro 7:30
The Bearcats had one of their best seasons in 2013 winning the district and finishing 10-2. Whitesboro lost to New Boston in the 2nd round of the playoffs losing at the end 14-7. Head coach Eddie Gill needs to rebuild quickly after losing his top passer, top 2 runners and leading receiver. This game could easily have a bearing on the district championship.
notes: Whitesboro gave the Cardinals their last home loss in 2011 beating Pottsboro 41-20, since then Pottsboro has won 13 in a row at home. The Cardinals have met Whitesboro more than any other team in school history with Pottsboro leading the series 19-11. The Bearcats have a strong offensive line OG Casey Misenheimer 6-3 287 plus running back Jake Dyer 6-0 198 who rushed for 536 yards and had 8 TD’s.