Anson returns seven offensive starters and six starters on defense from last year’s team that went 8-3 overall and made the playoffs. The Tigers, who were 4-1 as runner-up in District 3-2A Division I, beat Winters in bi-district before falling to state runner-up Post in the area round.
“A strong interior offensive and defensive line will carry the load early until our youthful receivers and secondary progresses,” said Chris Hagler, who is in his eighth year as Anson’s head coach.
The Tigers’ lines include five players – OL/DL Haygen Garcia, OL/DL Caleb Moreno, TE/DL Mason Hagler (71 tackles, 7 sacks), OL/DL Joe Galvan and OL/DL Josiah St. John – who all weigh more than 200 pounds. Hagler (2-2 FGs, 34-41 PATs) also handles the kicking duties for Anson.
QB/WR Blake Vinson (88-143-5-1,546, 19 TDs passing) started the final seven games last year, but sophomore Tyler Wilburn will compete with Vinson for the quarterback job this fall, according to Hagler.
“Dylan Pyle is a dynamic playmaker, a skilled player that plays all over the field,” Hagler added.
Pyle had 323 yards rushing, 30 catches for 531 yards receiving, 505 yards passing and 10 total touchdowns in 2020. He also nabbed three interceptions on defense.
RB/LB Riley Pippin is a leader on both sides of the ball for the Tigers. He had 53 carries for 344 yards and 10t touchdowns rushing and led the team with 111 tackles a year ago. LB Daymon Rollins will also be counted on to be a leader on defense.