Aldine Davis Looks To Keep Playoff Streak Intact

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Aldine Davis, the newest school in the Aldine ISD, enters its fourth season. The Falcons have done well so far, making the playoffs in each of their first three seasons.

The new kids on the block have certainly made it an old habit to make the playoffs. The question going into 2017 is: Can they win a playoff game?

Last year Benjamin Davis fell to Klein Oak, 34-21, in the bi-district round, and the Falcons finished the season 5-6.

The Falcons were young, and big, on both lines. The skilled players were seniors, led by running back Demond Turner, who was the district MVP.

Benjamin Davis finished fourth in the district, just good enough to nab the last playoff spot. The Falcons have fallen in the first round all three years in the playoffs.

Key Losses
RB Demond Turner, LB Bruce Bivens

Demond was the district’s co-MVP after rushing for 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns and catching two touchdown passes.

Key Returners
OT Steven Hubbard, WR Guslenski Charles, DE Da’Bearen Fitzgerald

Hubbard is a giant of a left tackle at 6-4, 335. He’s got quick feet and most of his run blocks result in pancakes. In general, it’s not a fair matchup against almost any defensive end in the state. It’s easy to see why the Falcons like to run on the left side. And it’s easy to see why a coach would want the all-district lineman protecting his quarterback’s blind side.

Returning on the offensive line is another big man in Joshua McCulloch, who’s slightly smaller than Hubbard but still a robust 6-3, 295.

Gerald, Charles and defensive tackle Dominic Livingston were all first-team all-district selections. Omar Davis also returns on the defensive line.

Verdict

The Falcons return a mammoth offensive line, and their defensive line has three returning starters. The high school principal could probably run for 1,000 yards behind the offensive line that’s bigger than most college lines.

Quarterback Tremayne Prudhomme has three talented wide receivers coming back, and the defense will be salty.

The season starts with non-district games against Klein, Magnolia and Channelview — all playoff teams last year.

District begins with Eisenhower and Aldine before a road clash with Spring and home contest against Dekaney.

Playoffs are definitely on the radar again in 2017 for the Falcons.

 

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