Converse Judson got off to one of the hottest starts in Texas last year, beating eventual title winner Lake Travis by a touchdown and thumping the rest of their predistrict competition.
They definitely struggled during district play, dropping a pair to Cibolo Steele and Smithson Valley, both by significant amounts. Still, this was a young team, and we can definitely see what they were capable of.
Their season ended with a 24-21 overtime loss to Austin Westlake in one of the most underrated games of the year. The Chaps got Sam Ehlinger back for that one, and the moxie of the current Longhorn was just too much for the Rockets to handle.
The fumble that ended up deciding the game was incredibly controversial. The footage doesn’t show much of anything that’s conclusive, so I’ll leave it here, and let the reader decide for themselves.
Texas target Levi Jones (left side of the line) forces a fumble at the goal line in overtime and Westlake survives another week pic.twitter.com/PDsQZGHiuI
— Garrett Callahan (@CallahanGarrett) November 19, 2016
If nothing, the ending can be disputed logically by both sides, but the call on the field means that the final score is concrete.
DT Darren Thomas, WR Kevin Luster, RB Mi’kel Jackson
There are only a few key losses for the Rockets, as most of their firepower and defensive stoutness came from young players. However, the Rockets will miss these three. Darren Thomas was effective at plugging holes, and Mi’Kel Jackson was a star in short yardage situations. Kevin Luster was a first team all district pick.
QB Julon Williams, S/RB Rashad Wisdom, DE Demarvin Leal, LB Brody Stoepler, S Joewel Crawford
Judson is extremely blessed this year. They have one of the best QBs they’ve had in a long time back in Julon Williams, and they’ll have a true running back rotation back as well. On the defense, there’s even more returners, nearly all of the Rockets’ defensive line returns, along with a lot of their secondary.
There’s only one thing that could potentially hurt Judson, and that’s offensive line play. They lose some solid seniors from that group, but if that unit can gel, there’s no reason why Judson can’t make a long playoff run. They’re tough, fast, disciplined, and they play with an edge. This is a young team that isn’t young anymore, they have a lot of experience coming back. Julon Williams might be a statewide household name in his senior campaign.
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