EXTENDED TEAM FEATURE FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL TEXAS FNF CUSTOM COVER PROJECT SCHOOL
COLLEGE STATION, TX
4 OFFENSE, 7 DEFENSE
BRIAN COPE, JOEY JACKSON, RANDY
HOOTON, STEVEN GRIFFITH, COREY
SCOTT, JOHN YEARY, KELLEY
ABERCROMBIE, MATT RADER, ROBERT
JACKSON, JIM KAZMIERSKI, THOMAS
RUCKER, MATT WARHOL
KEY PLAYERS: Cade Williams (Jr., QB); Robert
Franklin (Sr., RB); Tony Williams (Sr., WR); Kolby Peel
(Jr., ATH); Tyon Merchant (Sr., DB); Abel Daily (Sr., LB);
Jonathon Sylvester (Sr., LB); Trevor Williams (Jr., LB);
Jason Jasperson (Sr., LB); Jared DeFriend (Sr., DL)
2 Steven Ray WR So.
3 Chase Martinez DB Jr.
4 CadeWilliams WR Jr.
5 Tre’ Newton RB Jr.
7 Jacob Hanson DB Sr.
8 Cody Brummett LB Sr.
9 Aaron Campbell WR Jr.
10 Jesse Lara WR/RB Sr.
11 Naamon Outing DB Sr.
12 LaytonDimery WR Sr.
13 Kolby Peel DB Jr.
14 Jonathen Perez WR Sr.
15 Tony Williams WR Sr.
16 Robert Franklin RB Sr.
17 Cannon Coker LB Sr.
20 La Voderick Benford DB Sr.
21 Keenen Houston WR Sr.
22 Tyon Merchant LB Sr.
23 Jonathon Sylvester DB Sr.
27 David Jamioy WR Sr.
28 Jordan Woodard DB Jr.
31 Chris Hines LB Sr.
34 Abel Daily LB Sr.
40 BrysonFoust DL So.
43JasonJasperson LB Sr.
44 Trevor Williams LB Jr.
48 Kevin Leonard LB Jr.
50 Will Sullivan OL Sr.
60 Josh Ellison DL So.
65 Nick Rians OL Sr.
66 Zach Ruiz OL Jr.
68 Jason Wright DE Sr.
70 Carlos Prida OL Sr.
71 Darius Terrell DL Jr.
72 Reid Francis OL So.
76 Daylon Ratliff OL So.
77 Keenan Robinson OL Sr.
80 Grant Johnson WR Sr.
81 Burl Carraway WR Sr.
97 Jared DeFriend DE Sr.
99 JR Matlock DE Sr.
AUG. 26: AT COPPERAS COVE
SEP. 2: VS. RICHMOND FOSTER
SEP. 9: VS. AUSTIN
SEP. 15: AT COLLEGE PARK
SEP. 23: AT WACO
SEP. 30: VS. TEMPLE
OCT. 7: AT COLLEGE STATION
OCT. 14: VS. BRYAN
OCT. 21: AT WACO UNIVERSITY
OCT. 28: VS. OPEN
NOV. 4: VS. BRYAN RUDDER
Consolidated improved by four wins from 2014 to 2015, going 9-4 and reaching the third round
of the state playoffs before a loss to
Ridge Point ended the season. Head
coach David Raffield’s team lost
just one district game and improved
tremendously throughout the season.
“We came together and learned
how to play for one another,”
Raffield said. “We face a lot of
new challenges this year and it is
exciting because we’re blending
a lot of youth with experience. It’s
a process, for sure, but one we’re
embracing and looking forward to
The Tigers return just four
offensive starters. Cade Williams, a
junior, is moving from wide receiver
to quarterback in order to lead A&M
Consolidated’s spread-gun offense.
At 5-10, 170 pounds, Williams
doesn’t have ideal size for the position. However, his transition will be
made easier with three-year starter
Tony Williams and experienced
Layton Dimery and Grant Johnson
returning as receivers. Raffield also
believes a certain skill set will help
him lead the offense for the next
“For one, Cade is a tremendous
competitor. That’s a huge thing for
a quarterback. He wants to win
and he doesn’t care how we win,”
Raffield said. “His core strength is
also tremendous. He’s an excellent
soccer player and he’ll be the quickest quarterback we’ve had in my six
years here at A&M Consolidated.
He’ll be one of the strongest, too.”
For Williams and the offense to
succeed, the offensive line must
mature in a hurry. The Tigers don’t
return a single starter from the
2015 group and only two of the
returning big men have experience
playing varsity snaps. Running back
Robert Franklin should anchor the
offense as the rest of the group
figures out varsity football. As a
junior, Franklin rushed for 772
yards and eight touchdowns.
“Finding depth and our best
five on the offensive line are our
biggest challenges for this year. We
only have two guys with any type of
experience playing big-boy football.
It’s our job to find the right five guys
and get them out on the field,” Raffield said. “The good news is that
our defense gives us great looks.
Our offense struggled in the spring
against our defense, but it’ll make
them better down the road. We’ll
need to play as a team and not
for ourselves to reach our goals,
but we’ll also need our offensive
and defensive lines to evolve into
strengths for us this season.”
The defense is led by a group of
linebackers that would rival any
in this state. Linebackers Trevor
Williams, Jonathon Sylvester, Jason
Jasperson and Abel Daily are
the key to A&M Consolidated’s
3-4 defense. Williams registered
106 tackles, nine quarterback
pressures, an interception
and a touchdown in 2015 as a
sophomore. Sylvester notched 89
tackles and 11 sacks. Jasperson
and Daily each recorded at least
“Our linebacker group is the best
four we’ve ever had at one time
here,” Raffield said. “They’re each
aggressive, strong and quick. They
work well as a group and each has
a lot of versatility. This lets us use
them in pass coverage or in a blitz.
Those guys really make our defense
go and I expect a lot of production
from those guys this year. Our
offensive line had a tough time this
spring figuring out how to handle
The most talented player on the
defense might reside in the secondary. Senior Tyon Merchant racked
up 48 tackles, seven pass break
ups and eight blocked kicks as a
junior. The 6-foot- 2, 180-pound
safety was described by Raffield
as “an amazing athlete who can
make plays all over the field.” He’ll
be joined in the secondary by some
youth, but the group should take a
step forward as junior Kolby Peel
continues to improve. He had a
stellar sophomore season which
included 96 tackles and four
Realignment added three new
programs to A&M Consolidated’s
district schedule. The Tigers beat
Waco, one of the new district
mates, in last year’s playoffs. No
matter the competition, Raffield’s
goal remains the same.
“We want to be practicing football
on Thanksgiving week,” he said.
“A team practicing football on
Thanksgiving had a good season.
For us, it starts by trying to win a
district championship. Our goals