EXTENDED TEAM FEATURE FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL TEXAS FNF CUSTOM COVER PROJECT SCHOOL
Last year had to feel like a whirlwind for Colleyville Heritage HC Joe Willis, who arrived from Cedar Park
in late May once spring ball had
ended. The Panthers had already
finished spring football and a lot of
what Coach Joe Willis likes to do on
both sides of the ball was limited in
2015 as his team had to adjust on
the fly. Not to mention the Panthers
were one of the state’s smallest 6A
schools in a district that boasted
the likes of Euless Trinity, Southlake
Carroll and Coppell.
All things considered a trip to the
playoffs in 2015 with a stacked
deck against them had to feel
pretty satisfying for the Panthers
faithful. With a full off-season and
spring football session under their
belts expect a much improved and
more physical Panther team in their
first year as a 5A school.
“Last year was all about getting to
know the kids, what their strengths
were and getting our system in
place. This winter and spring has
been great for us, it’ll allow us to
play a much more physical brand of
football,” said Willis.
CHHS will have one of the state’s
most lethal passing combos as QB
Camden Roane and WR Ke’Von
Ahmad will be tough to slow down.
Roane threw for 21 touchdowns
a year ago and over 2,300 yards
while Ahmad was a 6A all-state
receiver as a sophomore as
he hauled in an impressive 18
“Camden is the best QB I’ve ever
coached, we are definitely looking
forward to a great season; he’s
had a great high school career. He
made the jump from private school
as a sophomore at Grapevine Faith
to 6A football incredibly smooth.
He’s really an underrated runner,
a true dual threat. He’s a great
leader, he was voted team captain
last year, which is a great honor
in his first year at the school. The
team adopted him as a leader early
on, he’s very passionate and has
had a great off-season, he’s worked
incredibly hard,” said Willis.
Ahmad was the guy who really
burst onto the scene in 2015, as he
lead the state in receiving during the
regular season as a sophomore.
“Ke’von didn’t arrive here until
the summer, so he didn’t have a
chance to work with Camden at all,
so for those two to have that kind
of chemistry without a ton of reps is
pretty amazing,” said the Colleyville
Heritage Head Coach.
Twins Germon and Gervon
Thothion moved in from Mississippi a year ago and both made an
impact in Texas.
“Germon didn’t play football at his
high school in Mississippi, and we
think he’s poised for a big year also.
If teams pay too much attention
to Ke’von I think Germon has the
ability to make things happen,”
Four starters graduated on the
offensive line but the on starter
that returns is key in three year
starter Jacob Kramer who will
provide leadership and experience.
Gordon Richards, who missed all of
last year with an injury, is back and
should be a factor along with junior
OL Sean Walsh who Coach Willis
thinks has star potential.
Just five starters return on the
defensive side of the ball, led by
LB Matthew Herrera who had 81
tackles a year ago. Willis calls Herrera the leader of the defense, he’ll
team with talented junior Deuce
Nisbet at linebacker. Caleb Murphy
is a versatile defender who can
play a number of positions, he had
an impressive sophomore season
and will be counted on to be a
playmaker for the Heritage defense
and could be used in some wildcat
packages on offense as well.
Marcus Mosely and Mitchell
Hubbard will lead the Panthers
secondary which has potential to
be much improved in 2016. Keep
an eye on sophomore Kam Brown,
the son of former Dallas Cowboy
player Larry Brown, as he’s got a
chance to make an impact as well.
Colleyville Heritage will quickly
see where they stand in the Class
5A pecking order as they open the
2016 season with powerhouse
Aledo in what should be a measuring stick game for both programs.
The schedule doesn’t get any
easier for CHHS as in Week 3 they
take on Class 6A power and former
district rival Trinity.
“There’s no doubt we have a
tough schedule, but we need to see
where we stand early on and expose any warts we may have early,
so we are peaking in district play
and hopefully into the playoffs,”
replied Willis when asked about the
tough non-district slate.
Colleyville Heritage Panthers
AUG. 26: VS. ALEDO
SEP. 2: AT FRISCO HERITAGE
SEP. 9: VS. EULESS TRINIT Y
SEP. 23: AT FW DUNBAR
SEP. 30: VS. FW EASTERN HILLS
OCT. 7: AT BIRDVILLE
OCT. 14: VS. FW POLYTECHNIC
OCT. 21: AT GRAPEVINE
OCT. 28: VS. FW CARTER-RIVERSIDE
NOV. 4: AT RICHLAND
KEY PLAYERS: Camden Roane (Sr., QB); Ke’von
Ahmad (Jr., WR); Germon Thothion (Sr., WR); Mario
Ortiz (Sr., RB); Jacob Kramer (Sr., OL); Matthew Herrera
(Sr., LB); Andrew Irion (Sr., T); Marcus Mosely (Jr., DB);
Gervon Thothion (Sr., ATH); Mitchell Hubbard (Sr., DB).
Camden Roane Matthew Herrera Ke’von Ahmad Andrew Irion Germon Thothion
1 Ke’von Ahmad WR Jr.
2 Chase Allan WR Sr.
3 Thomas Chapman DL Jr.
5 BryceBoyd WR/DB Sr.
6 ConnorCole TE/H Sr.
7 Cole Carter WR Sr.
10 Michael Young DB/RB So.
11 Paul Mpunga DB/RB Sr.
12 Gervon Thothion DB/RB Sr.
13 Caleb Murphy DB/QB Jr.
15CamdenRoane* QB Sr.
16 GermonThothion WR Sr.
18 Mitchell Hubbard DB Sr.
19 Sage Hebb LB Sr.
20 Romain Lesponne RB Sr.
21 Kam Brown DB/ WR So.
22 Sami Abdallah WR Sr.
23 Emerson Lout LB Sr.
24HunterMechling DB Sr.
25 Marcus Mosely DB/ WR Jr.
26 George Abla DB Sr.
28 Jeffrey Weems DB/ WR Sr.
29 Gavin Schafer LB Jr.
31 Mario Ortiz RB Sr.
32 BryceCrego LB Sr.
38 Matthew Herrera LB Sr.
39 GageJohnson LB/RB Sr.
40 Jarod Bordelon DL Sr.
44 Nick Clark DL Jr.
45 WillBernhardt DL/TE Sr.
46 Terrell Lester DB Jr.
48 Gabriel Davis LB Sr.
52 Martin Sanchez DL Sr.
53 Travis Richards DL Sr.
55 Cole Tschirhart LB Sr.
64 Gordon Richards OL Sr.
65 Sean Walsh OL Jr.
70 Carson Mc Anally OL Sr.
75 Jacob Kramer OL Sr.
77 Arek Napieraj OL Sr.
81 TJ Watson K Sr.
88 Andrew Irion T Sr.
92 Westin Ford DL Sr.
5 OFFENSE, 5 DEFENSE
QUINTERO, JUDD THRASH, AHMAD ZAIDAN,
JEFF POTTS, JARVIS JOHNSON, KRIS BOYD,
RON MENDOZA, TAYLOR WILSON, JON
COLLEYVILLE HERITAGE PANTHERS 2016
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**Includes only returning varsity roster players from 2015 and 2016 seniors
Thomas Chapman Emerson Lout Conner Cole Travis Richards