ETSN.fm Preseason Class 4A Poll: No. 9, Gladewater Bears
Despite making the playoffs, 2015 was a disappointing season for the Gladewater Bears, who finished with a losing record and was defeated in the postseason's opening round.
With 16 starters returning, the Bears are hoping for a major turnaround in 2016.
Gladewater checks in at No. 9 in the ETSN.fm Preseason Class 4A Poll.
Following consecutive seasons of reaching at least the third round of the playoffs, Gladewater took a step backward last year. Injuries took a toll for head coach John Berry's squad.
If Gladewater can remain healthy this season, the Bears could once again make a deep run following the regular season.
Offensively, the Bears bring back talented senior running back Darnell McKnight and speedy receiver Cameron Callaway Jr. On defense, Gladewater will be led by a couple of next-level defenders in the secondary -- senior Austin Hawley and junior Isaiah Davis.
2016 Gladewater Bears Schedule
|Sept. 2||at Kilgore||W 29-27|
|Sept. 9||Center||W 56-15|
|Sept. 16||Chapel Hill||W 30-0|
|Sept. 23||at Lindale||W 38-10|
|Oct. 7||*at Spring Hill||W 62-7|
|Oct. 14||*at Gilmer||L 35-28|
|Oct. 21||*Atlanta||W 22-7|
|Oct. 28||*at Pittsburg||W 26-15|
|Nov. 4||*Pleasant Grove||L 40-23|
|Nov. 11||(BI-DISTRICT): vs. Tatum||W 35-7|
|Nov. 18||(AREA): vs. Celina||L 44-41|
ETSN.fm Preseason Class 4A Poll
- No. 9: Gladewater Bears
- No. 10: Jasper Bulldogs