By Bill McCaughey
For The Fort Bend Star
After losing to eventual 5A Division 1 champions George Ranch in the playoffs last year, the Bush Broncos are ready to take on their Fort Bend ISD brethren in District 20-6A.
Leading the defense will be all-district returnee defensive end Rashaud Powell.
“I’ll be playing both defensive end and linebacker, depending upon the formation,” said Powell, who had 44 tackles and five sacks last year.
Powell will also play tight end but prefers the defensive side of the ball.
“Defense is better because I get to tackle people rather than people tackling me,” he said.
Another two-way player is sophomore Jamail Morris who started nine games as a freshman. Morris plays both safety and wide receiver and is expecting the team to go deep in the playoffs.
“This team has great chemistry,” said Morris. “Everyone is close. It’s like a brotherhood. We are ready for the challenge.”
Senior Cassanova Bradley joins Morris at the safety position, and junior Tanyitaku Tanyi (6-3, 315) will anchor the defensive line.
Junior Wade Freeman returns at quarterback after throwing for 1,499 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore. The Broncos run a spread offense but will use two backs on occasion.
“We run a quick game a lot,” Freeman said. “We like to keep it up-tempo.”
Freeman has two speedy receivers to throw to in Shawn Thomas, who runs a 4.5 40 and caught five touchdown passes last year, and Dante Donahue, one of the team’s captains this year. Senior captain and running back Courtland Neal is recovering from a foot injury but will be ready for the season opener against Alief Taylor.
Junior offensive tackle David Bouye (6-4, 320) and Tanyi will be the pillars of the offensive line.
The Broncos will miss the 25 receptions of wide receiver and safety Zavier Clark, who is out for the year. The key games for the Broncos will be Hightower on Sept. 29, Travis on Oct. 21 and Ridge Point on Oct. 28.
|Won 5 Lost 6|
|Won 4 Lost 3|
|Lost to George Ranch in Bi-District|
|2016 (Home,Games Bold)|
|Week 1||Thu Aug 25 6:00pm Alief Taylor @ Mercer|
|Week 2||Fri Sept 2 7:00pm Madison @ Butler|
|Week 3||Sat Sept 10 6:00pm Westside @ Mercer|
|Week 5||Fri Sept 23 7:00pm Dulles @ Mercer|
|Week 6||Thu Sept 29 6:00pm Hightower @ Mercer|
|Week 7||Thu Oct 6 6:00 Kempner @ Mercer|
|Week 8||Thu Oct 13 6:00pm Clements @ Mercer|
|Week 9||Fri Oct 21 7:00 Travis @ Mercer|
|Week 10||Fri Oct 28 7:00pm Ridge Point @ Hall|
|Week 11||Sat Nov 5 1:00pm Austin @ Mercer|
|Returning||DE Rashaud Powell Sr|