EXTENDED TEAM FEATURE FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL TEXAS FNF CUSTOM COVER PROJECT SCHOOL
Better days are ahead for Haltom Buffaloes. It’s been a tough two years for head
coach Jason Tucker as the
Buffaloes have posted just one
win. However, a new district
alignment and sixteen returning
starters however brings hope that
a turnaround is in store for the
orange and black.
It starts on defense where seven
starters return led by Gavin Ricks,
a unanimous first team all-district
LB a year ago. He’ll line up all
over the field and is clearly the
heart and soul of the Haltom
“Gavin was a unanimous all-district pick in one of the state’s
toughest districts, he’s a great
kid all around and is a leader.
He’s one of the best kids I’ve ever
coached, he knows every position
on the defense and we would be
fully confident in him lining up at
all eleven defensive positons and
we may end up doing that this year
because in our scheme we want
to use Gavin’s versatility to our
advantage,” said Coach Tucker.
He’ll be joined by Zacc Smith,
Chris Skinner and Tyler Shedd
all of whom are very capable in
their own right as they’ll give the
Buffs one of the top groups of
linebackers in the DF W area. The
secondary looks to be solid as
well with Austin Cooksey, Jeffon
Evans and Brad Coker providing
plenty of senior leadership, speed
will be a big strength for Haltom in
the secondary and that will come
in handy against some of the wide
open offensive attacks they’ll
face in 3-6A.
The defensive line lacks
experience and that’s a concern
but Josh Cantrell and Braden
Webb are solid building blocks
for a group that Coach Tucker
says is “inexperienced but very
talented, we are excited about
their potential. We think we’ve got
a lot of high motor guys who we
can rotate in to make plays.”
With as much excitement as
HHS has on the defensive side of
the ball the offense could be even
more explosive in 2016.
The reason for the excitement?
Nine starters return on the
offensive side of the ball led by QB
Cole Hays who started 10 games
for the Buffaloes as a junior,
throwing for 1,058 yards and eight
touchdowns a year ago. “We love
Cole’s demeanor, you want that in
a quarterback. You can’t tell if he’s
had a good play or bad play, he’s all
about the next play and that is what
you want in your leader, he just
doesn’t get rattled,” said Coach
Tucker. “Cole’s spent a lot of time
on the track this summer improving
his speed and we think we can use
him in the running game as well.”
Hays has got plenty of weapons
around him led by second team
all-district RB JQ Reed and speedy
receivers Imiee Cooksey and
If Hays can cut down on the
interceptions in 2016, Haltom
will be a tough offensive attack to
stop. Reed led the team in rushing
with 567 yards and four touch-
downs, expect those numbers to
be noticeably larger in 2016, and
Reed is also a viable threat in the
passing game as he caught 23
passes for 246 yards in 2015.
“JQ has always been a guy
who can get to the edge and
make people miss in space, we
challenged him to be a guy who
can run between the tackles more
and he’s accepted and met that
challenge 100%. He’s had a great
off-season in the weight room
getting stronger and we are really
excited to see that hard work
payoff,” said Tucker.
Cooksey and Martinez bring a lot
of experience to the receiver position, Cooksey has speed to burn
and gives Haltom a legitimate deep
threat after catching 25 passes
for 268 yards and two touchdowns
a year ago, Martinez is a weapon
as well he had 15 catches for 178
yards and two touchdowns.
Much like on defense, the
offensive line lacks depth but has
good building blocks with Luis
Nieves and Kevin Ixpanell. Both are
big and physical linemen who Coach
Tucker says have put in major time
in the weight room and will be major
leaders for the team. “The team
this year has been committed to addressing the small things. The kids
have worked hard and have really
come together as a family. There are
a lot of returning letterman/starters
and the leadership has been great.
We hope to see that translate into a
successful fall, in our new district”
said Coach Tucker.
Haltom High Buffalos
AUG. 19: VS. SCRIMMAGE
AUG. 26: AT GRAND PRAIRIE
SEP. 2: VS. SUNSET
SEP. 9: AT RICHLAND
SEP. 15: AT WICHITA FALLS
SEP. 23: VS. ABILENE
SEP. 30: AT KELLER
OCT. 7: VS. FOSSIL RIDGE
OCT. 14: AT TIMBER CREEK
OCT. 21: AT WEATHERFORD
OCT. 28: VS. OPEN
NOV. 3: VS. CEN TRAL
NOV. 10: VS. PLAYOFFS
NOV. 17: VS. PLAYOFFS
KEY PLAYERS: Gavin Ricks (Sr., LB); Cole Hays (Sr.,
QB); Jacob Martinez (Sr., WR); Bradley Coker (Sr., DB);
Zach Smith (Jr., LB); JQ Reed (Sr., RB); Imiee Cooksey (Jr.,
WR); Chris Skinner (Jr., LB); Tyler Shedd (Sr., LB); Austin
Cooksey (Sr., DB)
8 OFFENSE, 7 DEFENSE
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PEN TECOST, MEL ENGLISH, JOE WARD,
JERRY CARUTHERS, JEFF CROSS, BEAU
HOHMANN, ZACH TAYLOR
Austin Cooksey Brad Coker Braden Webb Braiden Harris Cae’lib King
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HALTOM BUFFALOS 2016
Cole Hays Gavin Ricks
2 Smith, Zacc LB Jr.
3 Cooksey, Austin DB Sr.
4 Reed, JQ RB Sr.
5 Cooksey, Imiee WR Jr.
6 King, Cae’lib WR Sr.
7 Evans, Jeffon DB Sr.
8 Cantrell, Josh DL Sr.
9 Hays, Cole QB Sr.
10 Shedd,Tyler LB Sr.
11 Skinner,Chris LB Jr.
12 Martinez,Jacob WR Sr.
13 Chavez, Jordan QB Sr.
14 Kizee, Ziante WR Sr.
15 Ricks,Gavin LB Sr.
16 Black, Michael WR So.
17 Ed wards, Tavares DB Jr.
18 Jesse, Dylan WR Sr.
19 Retana, Manuel Jr K Sr.
20 Shannon,Keyon DB So.
21 Woods,Kevin LB Sr.
22 Mounivong, Preston DB Jr.
23 Coker, Bradley DB Sr.
24 Harris, Braiden WR Sr.
25 Banks,Quenton DB Jr.
27 Fillmore,Nathan RB Sr.
28 Cano, Chris WR Sr.
30 Simmons, Cameron DB Sr.
31 Allen,Demondre DB Sr.
32 Burton, John WR Sr.
33 Williams,Jahari DB So.
34 Cornelius,Breyden LB Sr.
40 McGrath,Ryder LB Jr.
44 Davis,Jaylan DL Sr.
45 Lind,Devon LB Sr.
48 Vongpradith, Brandon DB Sr.
50 Outland,Tramaiyne DL Sr.
51 Le,Jack OL Sr.
52 Zaragoza,Bryant OL Sr.
53 Allen,Matthew DL Sr.
54 Murillo,Salvador OL Sr.
55 Cheyney,Dailon OL So.
56 Soto,Juan OL So.
57 Hopkins,Jacob OL Sr.
58 Miller,Michael OL Sr.
59 Wall,Cayden OL Sr.
67 Nieves,Luis OL Jr.
68 Bryan,Joseph OL Sr.
74 Ordaz,Jordan OL Sr.
75 Davis,Zach OL Sr.
76 Ramirez,Luke OL Sr.
77 Ixpanel,Kevin OL Sr.
80 Stamper, Pressley WR Sr.
81 Rubio, Ed win WR Sr.
83 Reamer, Noah WR Sr.
88 Lunkwitz,Taylor RB Sr.
91 Duran,Brian DL Jr.
95 Rivera,Eddie DL Sr.
99 Webb,Braden DL Sr.