Season Preview: Eagles an Easy Pick to Win State

Season Preview: Eagles an Easy Pick to Win State

Argyle has been a state power for so long now that it’s difficult to imagine a season where the Eagles are not competing for a state title. After all, Argyle didn’t just raise the bar – in many ways, it is the bar.

Last year was the earliest playoff exit for Argyle in recent memory, and only the second time since 2011 where it didn’t play for a state title.

“We lost to a good team,” Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers said. “But I feel good about this year; the number of returners we have and the depth of our team.”

The Eagles will have at least four quarterbacks battling it out for the starting role. Hayden Clearman returns after throwing for 735 yards and six touchdowns in four starts. But Zack Pelton and Braden Pruett also took snaps and will be in the mix. Jon Copeland, who started last year for Liberty Christian, transferred to Argyle during the offseason and creates even more intrigue heading
into the season.

Elsewhere, running back Don Williams eclipsed 1,500 rushing yards last year and will have help with the addition of Noah Lang, who transferred from Abilene Wylie. Chase Estrada and Cale Nanny were part of a very deep receiving core last year and will shoulder a heavier load this year.

Six starters return on defense. Chase Petter had 76 tackles last year and helps lead a unit that includes standouts such as Kaden Roberts, Gage Campbell, Slater Wright, and Preston Wilson.
Argyle opens its season Sept. 1 against Lovejoy. They’ll host Abilene Wylie in their home opener before facing Paris to round out the non-district schedule.


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