8/29 @ Waco Connally
9/5 @ Lexington
9/12 China Spring
9/26 @ Refugio
10/17 @ Troy*
10/24 Lago Vista*
10/31 @ Florence*
* - District Game
CAMERON, Texas -- The Yoemen will have to replace 14 starters, 24 lettermen, and a ton talent if they want to make a run at a third straight state title.
Cameron returns just three starters on each side of the ball, led by running back Traion Smith and receiver Aaron Sims on offense and Ryan Cullen on defense. Smith racked up over 2,500 yards of total offense as a sophomore, and will be counted on to help break in a new quarterback to replace three-year starter Jason Kopriva. Sims and fellow senior John Washington will be great weapons for the new signal caller to throw to. Sophomore Darryl Florez is the leading returning passer, but just completed one pass for six yards a year ago. Eric Sanchez is the lone returning starter on the offensive line.
Cullen teamed up with Somari Wright to form a great one-two punch at linebacker a year ago, now he will be counted on to lead a young Yoe defense. He will be joined on the line by returning starter D’Andre Adams and sophomore Jesse Valdez.
Cameron will face a tough non-district schedule, including games against 4A Waco Connally and China Spring and a visit to 2A Division II state runner-up Refugio.
The Yoemen’s annual Battle of the Bell with Rockdale will mean even more this season now that the Tigers have dropped a class and are in the same district as Cameron. The two meet in a huge district opener that could go a long way in deciding the 10-3A Division I championship. “Every team in the district will be competitive,” said Cameron head coach Rick Rhoades.