ETSN.fm Class 2A/Private Schools Poll: No. 8 Groveton
The Indians are a program to definitely look out for entering the 2014 season with 14 returning starters from a playoff team a year ago.
With running back Kelvin James and quarterback Brandon Kemper back in the lineup for their senior season, the sky is the limit for Groveton's offense.
Kemper won first team all-district honors last season and James, with 4.4 40-yard dash speed, was right there as a second-team member in a tough District 16-2A Division II featuring the likes of Arp and Garrison.
The defensive unit has a handful of returning starters. James can be used at multiple spots and Dekedrick Odom consistently gets good reviews. Safety Nick Martinez should cause trouble for teams hoping to go over the top of the defense.
Non-district games against Corrigan-Camden, Colmesneil, San Augustin and Joaquin should have the Tribe ready to go in the freshly aligned District 12-2A Division I. That's a good thing because five teams, including Groveton, made it to the postseason last year.
Centerville looks like a tough challenge with 15 players back from a third round playoff team and you can never underestimate Hull-Daisetta, Lovelady and Anderson-Shiro.
Groveton has the weapons. It's just a question of whether the Indians can put it together.
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