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Aftersevenyearsatthe helm,headcoachBrent Davishastheprogram atSanAngeloCentral
right where he wants it to be.
What might be the surprising
part is realizing Davis is entering
his eighth season leading the
Bobcats program, or that they
might be one of this year’s sleeping giants out of Region I.
“I hope we have it where
everybody is on the same page,”
Davis said. “We had a good
junior varsity team last year and
we expect them to step up (on
varsity) this year. You’d think after
you’ve been somewhere see years
you ought to have the program
where it will sustain itself.”
In 2016, San Angelo Central
will likely do more than that. With
seven returning starters on offense and eight more on defense,
the Bobcats aren’t just aiming for
a playoff spot or a District 2-6A
championship. Their sights are
set much, much higher. As well
The Bobcats welcome back
and experienced defense from
an 11-2 team that lost just one
district game last year, and that
team is no longer on the league
slate after the latest round of UIL
realignment. Also back are a very
solid receiving corps, a strong
running back and a quarterback
who is making the conversion
from receiver but who called the
signals on the JV two years ago.
“We feel like we have another
good team,” Davis said. “For us
to have a good team we have to
have a top-notch quarterback and
we think we do in Cal Vincent.
We think he will be able to move
our offense well this year. We’ve
got a lot of experience coming
back, not a lot of depth and that
is the way everyone is right now.
We lost some really good players,
a couple of Division I players
on that team last year and we
have to find some things in the
secondary and some depth on the
offensive line. If we do that, I feel
we’ll have a good chance.”
It will all start with Vincent and
his ability to take over an offense
that averaged 42. 2 points per
game. “Cal is a big leader for us
so we’re not worried about him,”
Davis said. “It’s not going to take
him long to figure it out. We’re not
changing offenses so he’s very
comfortable with it.”
Vincent will have plenty of help
from a receiving corps that re-
turns numerous contributors from
last year. Senior Aaron Wooten
caught 51 passes for 643 yards
and six touchdowns last year,
and senior Adam West added 42
catches for 618 yards and eight
touchdowns. Also, watch out for a
talented newcomer in sophomore
Maverick McIvor, who played six-
man football last year and racked
up 1,872 passing yards and six
“That gives us a good start
throwing the football,” Davis said.
The Bobcats won’t be one-
dimensional, however. Senior
Daven Manning returns at
running back after rushing for
782 yards and 12 touchdowns a
year ago. The key will be finding
offensive linemen to both open
holes for Manning and help keep
In the meantime, opponents
might find moving the ball against
the Bobcats a Herculean task.
Central brings back two solid
players in the secondary in safety
Brock Martin and cornerback
Gage Smith and linebacker Gehrig
Scott to anchor the linebacker
position. Martin was an all-district
selection last year after racking
up 83 tackles and a trio of
interceptions, while Smith also
contributed a pick to the mix. In
the middle, Scott was a terror
on opposing running games,
recording 101 tackles and an
The Bobcats should also be
strong up front with the likes
of linemen Cedrick Smith,
Henry Howard, Elbert Paulk
and Jordan Schellhase as well
as Donnie Bowers. Smith leads
the group of returners with four
sacks last year.
“That side of the ball has
gotten better every year since
we’ve been here,” Davis said.
“Last year was, by far, the best
defense we’ve had since I’ve been
coaching here and something
we will lean on this year. I feel
good about all our guys and they
got better and better as the year
went along. Most of them were
first-year starters and all of them
are back now.”
EXTENDED TEAM FEATURE
San Angelo Central Bobcats
AUG. 26: VS. ABILENE HIGH
SEP. 2: AT BYRON NELSON
SEP. 9: AT KERRVILLE TIV Y
SEP. 16: VS. KILLEEN SHOEMAKER
SEP. 30: VS. ODESSA HIGH
OC T. 7: AT MIDLAND LEE
OC T. 14: VS. FRENSHIP
OC T. 21: AT ODESSA PERMIAN
OC T. 28: VS. MIDLAND HIGH
NOV. 3: AT AMARILLO TASCOSA
KEY PLAYERS: Cal Vincent (Sr., QB); Brock Martin
(Sr., DB); Daven Manning (Sr., RB); Gehrig Scott (Sr., LB);
Aaron Wooten (Sr., WR); Adam West (Sr., WR); Dedrick
Howard (Sr., DB); Elbert Paulk (Sr., DL); Cameron Cross
(Sr., OL); Henry Howard (Sr., DL).
SAN ANGELO, TX
7 OFFENSE, 7 DEFENSE
OC KEVIN CRANE,
DC MARK CHESTER, JON LONG, JONATHAN
ALEXANDER, JAKE WARD, FREDDY
DAVIS, BJ PETILLO, JON DOWNEY, LARRY
HOELSCHER, AUSTIN BUZZARD, RAM
SAN ANGELOCENTRAL BOBCATS2016
CalVincent AdamWest BrockMartin DedrickHoward DavenManning
1 GehrigScott LB Sr.
2 CameronGeiger LB Sr.
3 GageSmith CB Jr.
4 LuisMorales IR Sr.
5 TommyAych IR Sr.
6 DeMarcusCotto IR Sr.
7 Cal Vincent QB Sr.
8 Mavrick McIvor QB So.
9 Rance Rosas RB So.
10 ChattaRussell S Sr.
11 Aaron Wooten IR Sr.
12 Noah Perez WR Jr.
13 AJRamirez IR Sr.
14 Henry Teeter QB Jr.
15 Henry Howard DE Sr.
16 Adam West WR Sr.
17 DedrickHoward CB Sr.
18 Elijah Ramirez QB Sr.
19 StevenChavarria IR Sr.
21 BrockMartin S Sr.
23 Nickolas Gonzales DE Sr.
25 Walter Thomas CB Sr.
26 Otto Haynes CB Jr.
27 Ty Harmon S Sr.
28 Omar Duarte S Sr.
30 TyroneSmith DT Sr.
31 JoshuaMacias CB Sr.
32 Jason Franklin DE Sr.
33 Elbert Paulk DE Sr.
34 Daven Manning RB Sr.
35 BradyStaton CB Sr.
36 Joseph Hernandez S Sr.
37 JakobeGreen S Jr.
38 NickSeverson S Jr.
40 Austin Emerson RB Sr.
41 Noah Gatton LB Jr.
42 Payton Menchaca DE Jr.
43 MichaelRodriguez IR Sr.
44 Hunter McGary LB So.
45 Oscar Nino DT So.
47 Isaac Graves DT Jr.
48 Donnie Bowers DT Sr.
49 Malike Smith DT Jr.
50 Cameron Cross OL Sr.
52 Elliot Hase OL Sr.
53 Anthony Samaniego DE Sr.
54 FrankVillarreal OL Jr.
55 Greg Garrett OL Sr.
56 Jarret Hill OL Jr.
58 Brodrick Howard DT So.
65 Matt Ontiveros OL Sr.
70 Pedro Alvarado OL Sr.
72 Blake Furman OL Sr.
75 Gunner Couch OL So.
76 Desmond Salamanca OL Sr.
78 Mason Clark OL Jr.
80 Brandon Hernandez WR Sr.
85 MarcCabrera K Sr.
88 BernieArrendondo WR Sr.
89 Tristian Tiftickjian WR Sr.
CameronGeiger TyHarmon ThomasAych DonnieBowers
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