Brownwood returns three starters on both offense and defense from a team that finished 4-6 a year ago and reached the playoffs as the fourth-place team (2-2) in rugged District 5-4A Division I.
Sammy Burnett is beginning his fourth season as the head coach of the storied Lions’ football program. Brownwood is Burnett’s alma mater. In high school, he played for legendary coaches Randy Allen and Gordon, who are now the third- and fourth-winningest coaches in Texas high school football history.
Burnett and the Lions are hoping for a more normal season this fall compared to 2020, which saw Brownwood have two games canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Burnett himself having to miss a game because he was in quarantine after exposure to the virus.
The Lions, who have 15 returning lettermen, bring back several of their key offensive weapons. Junior QB/LB Chance Jones, who completed 42 of 68 passes for 433 yards and two touchdowns last year, is expected to take over the starting quarterback. Jones had 26 yards rushing and also recorded 15 tackles and nabbed an interception on defense during his sophomore season.
RB/LB Konlyn Anderson (52-287 rushing) and WR Jason Jackson (32-644, 9 TDs receiving) are expected to play key roles on offense, too.
Heading up the Lions’ defense are RB/LB Dryden Anderson (43 tackles including 5 tackles for losses), LB Jaylon Brown and WR/S Taylor Bessent.
Brownwood also returns a talent kicker in Jose Martinez (30-34 PATs), who made his only field goal try last season.