NAVASOTA, Texas -- Navasota should once again be one of the best 3A teams in the state.
The Rattlers are more than set at the skill positions with Kadarius Baker returning at quarterback after an amazing junior season where he threw 40 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. His top receiver is also back in all-stater Solomon McGinty, who is a threat to go the distance with every catch. The offensive line is another story, as Bo Meece is the only returning starter.
The Rattler defense should be able to make big strides with eight returning starters, including all-state linebackers Will Imhoff and Jaylyin Minor and all-state defensive end Jake Bauer.
The Rattlers play a tough non-district schedule to open the season against 4A Willis and Austin McCallum, 3A Division II state semifinalist Coldspring, and 2A Division II state semifinalist Lexington. The non-district will not be a cake walk either, but the Rattlers should be the favorite to win it and have a shot at making yet another deep run in the playoffs.
8/31 @ Willis
9/14 Houston Sterling
9/28 @ Fairfield
10/5 Austin McCallum
10/12 @ Madisonville
11/2 @ Caldwell