Our an­swers to press­ing pre­sea­son ques­tions

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - MORE IN­SIDE High schools

Austin Amer­i­can-Statesman high school sports reporter Rick Cantu joined community sports edi­tor Thomas Jones, AA-S sports cor­re­spon­dent Chris Bils and AA-S as­sis­tant sports edi­tor James Wange­mann to tackle 11 pre­sea­son ques­tions about high school foot­ball. Here are ex­cerpts from their an­swers: Which area teams will be state cham­pi­onship con­tenders this season?

Cantu: As a voter in the As­so­ci­ated Press high school poll, I picked Cedar Park to fin­ish atop Class 5A on my pre­sea­son bal­lot. Carl Ab­seck is 28-1 in his two sea­sons as Tim­ber­wolves head coach, and he’s blessed with ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers. Gid­dings should be a state ti­tle con­tender, too.

Jones: Cedar Park boasts one of the best de­fenses in the state and a proven win­ner at quar­ter­back in third-year starter Mak Sex­ton. In Class 4A, elite tal­ent at quar­ter­back ( JoJo Weeks) and of­fen­sive tackle (Ian Bur­nette) makes the

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