Hometown Heroes: Leon Cougars

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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- After a breakthrough season, the Cougars will have to rely on young players if they want to get back to the playoffs in 2017.

Leon loses a very good group of seniors, including five who will continue playing football in college. The lone returning starter on offense is tackle Josh McAllister, the reason head coach Jeremy Colvert thinks the offensive line will be the strength of his squad this season. Junior Peyton Pruett will take over at quarterback, trying to fill the shoes of Incarnate Word bound Blake Lowry. “Peyton is a player to watch on offense,” said Colvert. “We will see if he is able to hande the pressures of being ‘the guy’.”

The guy on defense is linebacker Dylan Pedigo who returns after a super sophomore season in which he was named the District 12-3A Division II Defensive Newcomer of the Year. “He should be the leader of the team,” said Colvert. “We will see if he can step up and take on that role.”

Despite their youth, the Cougars still have lofty goals. Colvert said, “Making the playoff is always our number one goal. We also want to get our young kids as much experience as we can.” Leon has a chance to get off to a good start despite their youth as they face three teams that did not reach the postseason a year ago in Elkhart, Axtell, and Bruceville-Eddy. “It’s the same schedule but it will be much tougher considering how young we will be,” added Colvert.