LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) If a team is going to beat the Lampasas Badgers this year, they will probably need to score a minimum of 50 points.
Lampasas (38.3 points per game) may not have scored as often as district foe and state finalist Liberty Hill (53 ppg) in 2018, but the Badgers will be returning seven starters on offense and defense, with plenty of reliable options coming back at the skill positions.
"It's a new team even though we have players from last year," senior Cameron Everts said. "Last year was a success to us, it was different and I feel like we build off that and we should definitely go further this year."
Everts can play wide receiver and running back but is most-thrilled when he's able to catch the football. The Air Force commit not only rushed for 342 yards and five touchdowns as a junior, but made 79 catches for 1,308 yards and 17 scores.
He'll have one final high school campaign with junior quarterback Ace Whitehead, who completed 72% of his left-handed passes for 3,049 yards and 35 touchdowns.
"You would think you're talking to an adult because (Ace) has the maturity level that not a lot of kids do," head coach Troy Rogers said. "He's a student of the game. When you put all of those attributes together, and he's growing, he's strong, he's fast, you're glad you're being led by that."
Jack Jerome will be included in the fast-paced Badgers offense. The junior running back tallied 1,407 yards and 12 scores as a sophomore.
Other impact players are Jaylon Porter (56 receptions, 767 yards) and Mike Murray (37 receptions, 566 yards).
"We talk about playing fast, physical and furious," Rogers said. "We want to go, and that's our goal. We don't want to slow down. We can, but our idea is we want to put the pedal to the metal."
Defensively, safety Koby Allen is coming off a season in which he recorded 152 tackles in 12 games to go along with two interceptions.
Lampasas will begin the season with two road games -- Joshua and Lago Vista.