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Alba-Golden Panthers: 2013 football preview


Alba-Golden High School seems stuck in the middle of District 8-2A Division 2.

The Panthers are a notch or two above Paris Chisum and Como-Pickton, but don’t seem to have the personnel to contend for the district title.

That could change if the offensive line makes room for sophomore running back Dalton Wright (6-1, 220) and junior Running Back Edward Salinas (5-6, 200). Offensive lineman Austin Kennedy (6-5, 265) is more than capable of clearing a path, but his linemates will need to raise their level of play to approach that of Kennedy.

Alba-Golden entered August with the quarterback situation unclear, a major concern. If the Panthers can develop a passing attack to keep defenses honest, that would be a big help for Wright and Salinas.

On the defensive front, roles seem a bit more defined, with interior lineman Gus Peacock expected to lead the pass rush. Add to that a solid linebacker corps that includes Wright, Brett Chrapowicki, Josh Palaschak and Ryan Ellis. In the secondary, depth and speed could be a challenge for the Eagles.

Head Coach: Gary Schultz. 2012 Results: 4-6, 2-4 in District 8-2A D2. Top Players: RB Eddie Salinas, Jr., 5-6, 200. DL Gus Peacock, Jr., 5-10, 210. OL Austin Kennedy, Sr., 6-5, 265. RB/LB Dalton Wright, So., 6-1, 220. OL/DL Taylor Campbell, Jr., TE/LB Ryan Ellis, Sr., OL/DL Tyler Trussell, Sr., TE/DL Evan Raymond, Sr., DB Josh Palaschak, Jr. 

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed an increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards.