SNOOK, Texas -- With five starters back on offense and six returning on defense the Blue Jays are legitimate playoff contenders for the first time in their short football history.
On defense the Blue Jays switch to a 4-2-5 this season, and have all four starters up front returning and the two linebackers returning. The secondary will be the question mark.
Offensively Deon Hamilton makes the move from running back, where he was an all-district selection a year ago, to quarterback. His old position will be filled by Austin Jackson, who had a great junior season and was named the district newcomer of the year. Hamilton will have a pair of good, young receivers to throw to in Curtis Williams and Darian Swain, and, maybe most importantly, three returning starters on the line in ToeBen Kindt, Justin Tarver, and Colten Kleppel. Snook does not have a home stadium yet, and will open with four straight games on the road.
The Blue Jays do get three of their five district games on their home turf, which is, once again, Stephen F. Austin Middle School in Bryan. This group of Blue Jays got a ton of experience playing in varsity games a year ago, and with time to adjust in their second season under Cummings, should be in the thick of the district race and challenge for their first playoff berth.