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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.