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Class 6A >>

Frenship
59
Burges
Final 7
Odessa
45
Monterey
Final 7
Weatherford
50
Coronado
Final 38

Class 5A >>

Canyon Randall
21
Plainview
Final 0
Sweetwater
66
Lubbock High
Final 35
Cooper
43
Idalou
Final 22

Class 4A >>

Midland Greenwood
49
Seminole
Final 36
Estacado
37
Hereford
Final 36
Roosevelt
45
Lamesa
Final 32
Muleshoe
48
Levelland
Final 46
Littlefield
28
Snyder
Final 0

Class 3A >>

Fort Stockton
49
Brownfield
Final 42
Denver City
33
Pecos
Final17
Floydada
33
Slaton
Final 6
Abernathy
24
Post
Final 21

Class 2A >>

New Deal
55
Dimmitt
Final 14
Smyer
35
Hale Center
Final 28
Friona
23
Olton
Final 13
Crosbyton
34
Tahoka
Final 7
Springlake-Earth
13
Morton
Final 12
Sudan
19
Ralls
Final 13
Lockney
40
Lubbock Christian
Final 22
Bovina
40
Plains
Final 0
Seagraves
53
Jal
Final 0
Sundown
48
Calvary Christian
Final 18

Class 1A >>

Jayton
Ropes
10 a.m. Sat.
Lorenzo
Wellman-Union
7:30 p.m.
Spur
58
Anton
Final 13
Meadow
46
Santa Anna
Final 14
New Home
64
Amherst
Final 14
Whiteface
69
Christ the King
Final 22
Borden County
78
Knox City
Final 45
Klondike
88
Dawson
Final 43
O'Donnell
77
Southland
Final 49
Petersburg
Follett
Sat. 4 p.m.

TAPPS >>

Trinity Christian
New Mexico Military
Canceled
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Ralls looks to skill for momentum

Posted: August 21, 2012 - 9:49am  |  Updated: August 31, 2012 - 7:48pm

Last season was a big step for the Ralls Jackrabbits in their quest to return to the top of the 1A heap.

The Jackrabbits ended a three-year playoff drought with a third-place district finish and played their best football at the end of the season after a 1-5 start. By doing so with several underclassmen, it sets them up for even better things in 2012.

“I think that was a big step for our program,” fourth-year head coach Tim James said. “Our goal last year was to get in the playoffs and we accomplished that. We just happened to draw a tough team in the first round.”

For this season, James welcomes back the bulk of his skill-position players, who averaged 312 yards per game, as well as a couple of all-state performers.

The backfield will be led by a pair of solid running backs and a quarterback who all started last year. Junior Kaleb Reese was one of the top Class 1A rushers on the South Plains after gaining 1,175 yards on 161 carries with six touchdowns. He had a lot of help as senior Jonathan Van Gundy added 589 yards and six touchdowns on 76 carries.

Getting them the ball while also providing a solid passing threat is senior Fernando Zavala, who completed 27 of 63 passes for 465 and eight touchdowns last season.

Reese and junior Josh Velasquez were solid receiving targets last year. Gerardo Espinosa moves from running back to tight end to add another option.

Up front is where all the questions lie for the Jackrabbits. Ralls does not return a single lineman, so the development of young players will be critical to Ralls’ offensive success.

The Jackrabbits should be just as talented in the secondary thanks to a couple of all-state honorees.

Reese earned third-team all-state honors and Espinosa stopped pretty much anything in sight and earned all-state honorable mention with a whopping 250 tackles.

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