Liberty-Eylau has re-emerged as a power player in East Texas over the last couple of seasons, having reached the state quarterfinals in each of the previous two years.

The Leopards will have some work to do in trying to accomplish that feat for a third straight campaign, but L-E does have several returning letterman in 2016.

Liberty-Eylau begins the year ranked No. 5 in the ETSN.fm Preseason Class 4A Poll.

The Leopards, which finished 12-2 a season ago, graduated their three biggest weapons on offense in quarterback Ke'Mon Freeman, receiver Thurman Morbley, and running back Lamont Byrd. Missing on defense will be safety Andre Wiley, Jr. and linebacker Demarcus Pegue.

L-E must rely on running backs Kameron Levingston and Kevin Florence, while Decorian Phillips will get a shot at quarterback.

Defensively, it all starts with defensive end and Texas commit Lagaryonn Carson. Linebacker Michael Lindley will be a key on the Leopards' defense as well.

2016 Liberty-Eylau Leopards Schedule

DateOpponentTime/Result
Aug. 25vs. Gilmer (at TylerL 61-55
Sept. 2CarthageL 34-20
Sept. 9at Texas HighL 48-39
Sept. 16AtlantaL 31-26
Sept. 23at Pleasant GroveW 44-35
Sept. 30OPEN
Oct. 7*at ParisL 16-8
Oct. 14*Paris North LamarW 38-14
Oct. 21*at AnnaW 44-17
Oct. 28*at PrincetonW 27-3
Nov. 4*Quinlan FordW 60-22
Nov. 11(BI-DISTRICT): vs. KaufmanL 20-14

ETSN.fm Preseason Class 4A Poll