Dragons prepare for challenges in tough district
The Redwater Dragons had a difficult season in 2018. The Dragons went 1-9, due in large part to injuries and a bruising schedule, but this is 2019 and some things are different, while somethings have stayed the same. What’s changed? The Dragons should enter the season full power and full speed ahead. One key player that was injured last season that will be back is Preston Davis. Davis, who is a multi-sport allstar athlete will be back and will make an immediate contribution. For Davis it’s not just the athleticism he brings to the field, he will be a leader that this Redwater team desperately needs.
Redwater will also see changes in some of their key positions on the field, which could be challenging for the smallest school in District 7-3AD1.
Some things that haven’t changed at Redwater is head coach Tommy Graf. This season will be the 8th season for coach Graf. Graf has had measured success in Redwater making the playoffs multiple times. This season the Dragons will rely on a lot of unproven talent on the varsity level, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Dragons will struggle. Graf has proven that he can take the players he has and get more out of them than many expected. I expect Graf and his staff to have Redwater ready to play.
Another thing that hasn’t changed from last year is the schedule. There is not one easy game on the entire schedule. The Dragons start off the season playing Waskom. The rest of the teams before district are two private schools in Tyler, and Paul Pewitt. Last year the Dragons struggled early on due to injuries, but I think the Dragons will win early in the season setting them up for district play.
The Dragons though, play in one of the hardest districts in the state pound for pound. With the likes of Atlanta, Jefferson, and Mount Vernon, Redwater will face some of the best talent and best coaching staffs in the country. None of those things will make this season easy for Redwater. The game of the year last year for our area in my opinion was the Redwater/New Boston game. This year could shape up to be the same. Expect Redwater to be in contention in every game they play this season, they might even surprise a few that have already marked them down as being outside of the playoff picture.