AMERICAN STATESMAN: District 13-6A summer football tour: Stony Point still a contender

AMERICAN STATESMAN: District 13-6A summer football tour: Stony Point still a contender

In February’s biennial realignment, longtime district competitor Pflugerville dropped down to Class 5A, and the three largest Leander school district programs joined Hendrickson and the Round Rock schools. Each week this summer, we will take a peek at the nine football programs that will compete in District 13-6A. We finish the series this week by looking at Stony Point.

Where we left off: Head coach Craig Chessher is an institution in Central Texas high school football, and last year he put together yet another successful squad. The Tigers went 7-5, finishing third in their district and advancing to the area round of the playoffs before bowing out to Klein Collins 48-14.

Who’s gone? Center Sergio Colis was the leader of the offensive line. Not only was his position responsible for calling out blocking assignments, but he also brought a contagious physicality to the entire offensive line. Next to him was consensus all-district guard Trey Womble. Tight end Jaylen Williams was a matchup nightmare for defenses. Quarterback Donovan Rybachek developed into a polished passer and a dangerous runner. His top target, Treshon Pickett, leaves big shoes to fill on the outside. The Tigers have a reputation for fielding nasty, physical defenses, and defensive end Ethan Pitts helped continue that tradition.

Who’s back? Defensive tackle Jarod Ontiveros will set the tone for what should be an improved defensive unit for the Tigers. Defensive backs Keilin Bishop and Kobe Sterling were both all-district selections. They’ll lead a seasoned secondary that should be able to handle the high-powered passing attacks in District 13-6A. Look for linebackers Tim Landry, Cameron Williams and Emmanuel Obinna to be a force against both the pass and the run. Running backs Tyler Cleveland and Kendall Thomas complement each other and give the Tigers a potent combination in the backfield. Wide receivers Daelan Layden and Tyler O’Bannon should be a productive duo.

Breakout player: Quarterback Kyle Overton inherits the keys to what should be a talented offense. He has the physical tools and arm talent to become a standout at the position as long as he can bring the intangibles.

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