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El Dorado Wildcats

Scott Reed has instantly turned the Wildcats into a power, sending them to back-to-back title games and winning the school’s second state title.
El Dorado Wildcats
Coach: Scott Reed
Years at School (record): 4th (29-9)
Last season (conf. finish): 12-1 (1st)
Offensive coordinator: Scott Eastland
Offensive formation: Multiple
Defensive coordinator: John Painter
Defensive formation: 4-2-5
Key players lost: WR/K Clay Murphy, LB Jimmy Ford, LB Luke Lansdell

Schedule
9/3 Camden Fairview
9/10 @ Har-Ber
9/17 @ Magnolia
9/24 @ Fair
10/1 @ Texarkana
10/8 Sheridan
10/15 @ LR McClellan
10/22 @ Lake Hamilton
10/29 Benton
11/4 Pine Bluff (Thursday)

QUARTERBACK
Senior Taylor Reed (6-3, 200)moved from receiver to quarterback last fall. He earned all-state honors, passing for more than 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns. Arkansas State offered a scholarship in the spring, and Arkansas, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Stanford and Vanderbilt have shown interest in the versatile Reed, who bench presses close to 300 pounds.

RUNNING BACK
Seniors James Ford (6-2, 205) and John Miles (5-8, 155) form a dangerous backfield combo. The hard-charging Ford (4.65 speed) accumulated more than 1,000 yards of offense in 2009. The shifty Miles (4.4 speed) racked up more than 700 yards of offense last fall. Defensive stalwart senior Cameron Mahone (5-10, 180) also worked in the backfield in the spring. Junior Quincy Hardwell (5-10, 180) adds depth.

WIDE RECEIVER
Senior Jacoby McMurrian (5-10, 165) takes on a bigger role after catching two touchdown passes last fall. Classmate Brandon Bilo (5-9, 165) earned a starting job in May after getting some snaps last fall. Juniors Wendall Thompson (5-8, 155), Matthew Emrich (6-1, 160) and Kendell Whitehead (6-0, 160) add depth. Senior Clint Hayes (5-10, 210 endured knee surgery in the offseason but returned to spring practice.
OFFENSIVE LINE A pair of senior tackles anchors an experienced line. Ricky Hicks (6-2, 280) and Victor Seweje (6-1, 255) impressed with their hard work during the offseason. Senior Lance Garrett (6-2, 235) is the backup at both tackle positions. Junior Deonta Garrett (6-2, 285) started most of last season at left guard. Classmate Ricky Miller (6-1, 300) earned the right guard job in May after substituting last fall. Senior Seth Whatley (5-11, 230) missed half of last season with an injury but returned to his center spot and was healthy in the spring. Junior Kyle Herren (5-10, 255) also worked at center in the spring. Seniors Dylan Frallin (5-9, 225), Drew Fairris (5-11, 175) and Nick McElroy (5-8, 200) also work on the line.

DEFENSIVE LINE
Senior three-year starting tackle Ryan Williams (5-9, 235) anchors the line with a 425-pound bench press. Senior Maurice Gaskin (5-9, 220) earned a starting tackle job in May after substituting last fall. Classmate Deonte Andrews (5-11, 240) moves to end after playing fullback in 2009. Classmate Corey Clawson (6-2, 195) earned a starting job in the spring after playing JV in 2009.

LINEBACKERS
Mahone is the leader of the defense, which only returns three starters. The media voted Mahone championship game MVP after he accumulated 12 tackles, including two for loss, and a 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Classmate Dante Adrews (6-1, 195) earned a starting job in May. Senior Jacob Crowder (5-11, 170) and juniors Josh Davis (5-11, 205) and Joseph Morris (5-11, 190) add depth.

SECONDARY
Thompson is a returning starter at cornerback and McMurrian saw significant playing time there in 2009. Juniors Alvin Benson (6-1, 180), JeTavon Christian (6-1, 160) and Jeremy Turner (5-8, 150) and sophomore Marque Burris (6-0, 165) add depth. Hardwell started at safety as a sophomore and collected 12 tackles in the title game. Senior Brandon Victory (6-0, 170 fills the other safety spot. Senior Dre Henry (5-10, 170) also worked at safety in the spring.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Junior Colby Murphy (5-8, 155) tries to fill the big shoes left by his older brother, Clay, who departs as one of the better kickers in Wildcat history.

VYPE’S FORECAST
Scott Reed has instantly turned the Wildcats into a power, sending them to back-to-back title games and winning the school’s second state title. Look for El Dorado to be back at War Memorial Stadium for the third straight year, thanks to a potent offense. The receivers and defense need to mature, but there aren’t many teams in any classification more explosive or talented.

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