Goliad, Yoakum Football Make Pre-Season State Top 10

Two area high school football teams in the same district now have something else in common. Goliad and Yoakum, ranked in the top five of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine’s state 3A Division I pre-season rankings. The Tigers are ranked at number 2, the Bulldogs at number 5. Goliad has nine offensive and eight defensive starters back from a team that made it to the regional finals a year ago. Among the returning Tigers, All-State picks like offensive tackle Chris Banks, quarterback Rocky Morris, running back Logan Bland, and linebacker Angel Hernandez. Goliad’s past two football seasons were ended by the same team in the playoffs. That would be Yoakum. The Bulldogs have seven offensive and three defensive starters back from their state semifinalists a year ago. Even though four Yoakum football players signed with NCAA Division I colleges after last season, they still have two starting quarterbacks returning in Holden Lauer and Hagen Garvin, a starting fullback returning in Montreal Jones, and four offensive line starters back in Trey Smith, Eric Ratley, Joey Dominguez and Conner Brandt. Both Goliad and Yoakum are now in District 14-3A.Wake Forest has added two graduate transfer kickers, including one who has spent five years serving a military tour of duty.

Coach Dave Clawson added Darren Ford and Eric Osteen to the team Tuesday. Ford kicked and punted at Division III Hope College while Osteen completed his military service after graduating from West Point in 2013.

Osteen, 27, has been a platoon leader, company executive officer, and company logistics officer who most recently led U.S. Army operations after three hurricanes in 2016 and 2017. As a player, he had 29 touchbacks on 53 kickoffs as a senior in 2012.

Ford made 25 of 38 field goals and 99 extra points last season at Hope.

Wake Forest must replace kicker Mike Weaver, who set the school’s single-season scoring record in 2017.