Deer Park To Replace Large Senior Group In 2017

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Photo via Robert Avery/ Houston Chronicle

 
Deer Park had a big group of seniors on a successful 2016 campaign. The Deer lost to Bishop Dunne of Dallas to start the season, but that’s no slouch. The Falcons were the TAPPS Division I state runner-up.

Deer Park lost the second game to a playoff-bound Pearland Dawson team, and then the Deer went 7-1 to close the regular season, with the only setback to District 22-6A champion La Porte.

The Deer faced a daunting task in the bi-district round as Atascocita loomed. The Eagles thumped the Deer, 56-17, en route to a state quarterfinal run.

Deer Park averaged 33 points a game while allowing just 23. Senior running back Angel Vargas was the workhorse in the backfield, rushing for 1,200 yards.

Key Losses
RB Angel Vargas, QB Hunter Becton, OT Lionel Gonzales, DE Brody Jenkins

Gonzalez was part of a beefy offensive line that included fellow seniors Tanner King, Ethan Dorow and Marc Barrera.

That line was the catalyst for a productive offense in senior quarterback Becton and running back Vargas. Eric Gutierrez was also a threat at wide receiver.

Key Returners
LB Race Moser, RB Tre Diggles

Diggles was second on the team last year in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.

Moser was an all-district player last year as a junior and will be looked upon to lead the Deer defense that’s building along with its offense.

Verdict

The Deer have lots of shoes to fill from a productive senior class. It starts with replacing four seniors on the offensive line, the quarterback, top running back and top two receivers from 2016.

The defense loses all-district players on all levels.

Deer Park travels to Pearland Dawson in Week 2 before facing College Park and Oak Ridge to close out non-district play. The Deer need to get the best out of their fall scrimmages and four non-district games to put it together and have what it takes to make another playoff run for a second-straight season in 2017.

 

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