ETSN.fm Preseason Class 3A Poll: No. 9, Frankston Indians
In most Class 3A districts in Texas, a team as talented as Frankston, more than likely, sees its season extended into the playoffs. But District 8-3A Division II is no ordinary league.
The district's top three teams in 2014 -- Waskom, Arp, and Elysian Fields -- all won at least one playoff game a season ago. And Waskom captured its first-ever state championship.
But even aside from those playoff veterans, Frankston has even more competition from the rest of the league. New Diana claimed last year's fourth playoff spot, while Troup and West Rusk are no strangers to postseason success.
However, 2015 could be the year for Frankston.
Following head coach Matt Nally's departure for an assistant coaching job at Melissa, the Indians swung for the fences in finding their replacement. And they connected when former Tyler Lee coach Mike Owens, who won a state championship at the state's highest level in 2004, was brought on board.
Coaching in 5A (now 6A) for the majority of his career, Owens is certainly accustomed to being around elite playmakers. And Frankston returns one of the state's top receivers in Texas A&M commit Kendrick Rogers.
Rogers, who has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in receiving in each of the previous two seasons, is primed for another big campaign as a senior. But the 6-5 target won't stand alone in the receiving corps, as the Indians also bring back Justice Bean, who also had more than 1,000 receiving yards in 2014.
Defensive lineman Chris Thompson is also back, and Owens is hoping he can adequately anchor an Indians' defensive unit in need of improvement this fall.
2015 Frankston Indians Schedule
|Aug. 28||at Grand Saline||W 39-16|
|Sept. 4||at Sabine||W 52-50|
|Sept. 11||Cayuga||W 26-20|
|Sept. 25||*Winona||L 19-15|
|Oct. 2||*at Waskom||L 51-0|
|Oct. 9||*Troup||W 30-10|
|Oct. 16||*at New Diana||W 26-6|
|Oct. 23||*Elysian Fields||W 60-40|
|Oct. 30||*West Rusk||L 27-0|
|Nov. 6||*at Arp||L 36-25|
ETSN.fm Preseason Class 3A Poll
- No. 9: Frankston Indians
- No. 10: White Oak Roughnecks