Groveton put together a solid season in 2017.

Behind receiver Saul Chavez and quarterback Haden Terry, the Indians advanced to the bi-district round of the playoffs. Both players graduated in the spring, leaving Groveton with two huge voids to fill on offense.

Groveton WR/DB Eli Stewart. (© Clint Buckley,
Groveton WR/DB Eli Stewart. (© Clint Buckley,

Jak Cole will see plenty of touches after totaling 628 yards and seven touchdowns on just 90 carries last season. He will likely take the reigns of the offense and look to keep things going after the Indians averaged 35.3 points per game last season.

Davuarrio Horace is back after totaling 423 receiving yards in 2017 and will likely see more targets this season with the graduation of Chavez.

Most players will also play on defense, which wasn't as much of a strong suit for Groveton in 2017. The Indians preferred to outscore opponents and found success with that strategy. But for it to work this year, more offensive stars will need to emerge.

Groveton looks in solid position in its district. San Augustine will be tough, but the Wolves lose a lot of key pieces from their state semifinalist team. It will likely be a battle between those two squads in District 12-2A Division I. Expect Groveton to be near the top once the season ends. Preseason Class 2A Poll

  • No. 9: Groveton Indians
  • No. 10: Linden-Kildare Tigers

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