The White Oak Roughnecks had a tough act to follow in 2014. And while last season's group didn't reach the state semifinals like the previous year's squad did, valuable experience was gained by a young core of players.

Most of those playmakers return, making White Oak a team to watch in 2015.

The 'Necks must replace the graduated Cordelle Smith at quarterback, but do welcome back a bevy of talented players to the fold.

Included among them is senior linebacker Swade Smith, who was a terror in the opposing backfield all season, finishing with a robust 25 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, and 117 tackles overall.

Defensive lineman Chris Bloyd is back after a breakthrough season as a pass rusher, while receiver Dax Davis could make a big step forward after a solid 2014 campaign.

The quarterback job will go to Cade Palmer, who performed well when given the opportunity a season ago.

The District 8-3A Division I championship figures to be decided by White Oak and defending state finalist Mineola -- two programs that have played well into December the last couple of seasons.

2015 White Oak Roughnecks Schedule

Aug. 28at RedwaterW 31-7
Sept. 4Mount VernonW 59-8
Sept. 11Spring HillW 48-0
Sept. 18TenahaW 34-10
Sept. 25BullardL 23-20
Oct. 2OPEN
Oct. 9*at MineolaL 28-13
Oct. 16*SabineW 38-7
Oct. 24*vs. Harmony (at Lobo Stadium, Longview)W 12-0
Oct. 30*QuitmanW 55-0
Nov. 6*at JeffersonW 32-0
Nov. 12(BI-DISTRICT): vs. WinnsboroW 59-14
Nov. 20(AREA) vs. PottsboroW 24-9
Nov. 27(REGIONAL) vs. SunnyvaleL 32-15 Preseason Class 3A Poll

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