- Major Players
Derick Bates, Sr., wide receiver — The 6-foot, 200-pound first-team All-Area player became the primary receiver last season, catching 44 passes for 792 yards and six touchdowns. Bates could post even bigger numbers this season as he gets another season with quarterback Peter Shelburne.
Durham Smythe, Sr., tight end — What sets the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Smythe apart is the ease with which he catches the football. Playing flexed at times in the Belton offense, Smythe can use his size and hands to find holes in the defense, as well as work some with his hand on the ground.
Ryan Stinson, Sr., linebacker — Led Belton with 114 tackles last season as the defense stepped up, holding teams to 23.6 points per game — an improvement of nearly 18 points a game. Stinson will have to step up big again and lead the Tigers’ defense if Belton is going to make the playoffs.
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We just have to get the right package on the field. But, in my 25 years of doing this it might be the best (receivers) I have ever had.” -- Rodney Southern, Belton football coach
Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012 4:00 am
Updated: 11:48 am, Tue Aug 20, 2013.
Posted on Aug 30, 2012
BELTON — Six years ago, Belton was at the bottom — winless. It was a program in shambles, looking back at an 0-10 season.
Then came Rodney Southern. And the wins started coming slowly, with back-to-back 3-7 seasons.Then came David Ash, who is now the starting quarterback at the University of Texas, and a District 12-5A title.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012 4:00 am.
Updated: 11:48 am.