BRYAN, Texas -- The Rangers took a step backwards in 2011, and they hope to right the ship and make their first playoff appearance in 2012.
Six starters return on offense, led by two seniors and a junior on what should be a very good offensive line. Tre Guyton had some huge runs a year ago and is the main weapon on the Ranger offense. Rudder will need a new quarterback to replace Jamarcus Davenport, and senior Llewyn Boswell has the inside track at the job.
On defense two starters are back at linebacker, two on the line, and one in what will be an inexperienced secondary. Linebacker Kendall Lewis earned all-district honors as junior last season and looks to step up and lead the Ranger offense this year. The Rangers also have a weapon in all-district kicker Colton Bayer.
Rudder changes districts this season and it is for the best. Instead of road trips west to the greater Austin area Rudder joins the nine-team 18-4A with opponents a whole lot closer to Bryan. That does not mean it will be easy, however. Rudder will have to battle with state power Brenham and 2011 playoff teams Huntsville, Magnolia West, Montgomery, and Willis to have a shot at reaching the postseason for the first time in school history.
8/31 @ Elgin
9/7 El Campo
9/21 @ Huntsville
9/28 Caney Creek
10/5 @ Magnolia West
10/19 @ Brenham
11/2 @ Montgomery