Cisco returns seven starters on both offense and defense from last year’s team that won the District 4-2A Division I title and advanced to the state quarterfinals.
Kevin Stennett, who guided Cisco to a 10-4 record in his first season as head coach, said experience is his team’s biggest strength going into the 2021 season. The Loboes started the season with a 2-3 mark but then reeled off eight straight wins before falling to eventual state runner-up Post in the fourth round of the playoffs. Cisco has 18 returning lettermen.
Leading the way is 6-4 tight end/linebacker Dawson Hearne, who was the district MVP last year. He had 13 receptions for 229 yards and five touchdowns and recorded 126 tackles with two forced fumbles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Hunter Long is a dual threat as the Loboes’ returning starting quarterback. He was the district’s offensive MVP in 2020, completing 59 passes for 1,150 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushing for 1,629 yards and 18 TDs on 199 carries.
Trent Bailey is a three-year starter on the offensive line. Kenneth Cox is also a returning starter on the offensive line. Running back/linebacker Trent Huston started nine games at linebacker as a sophomore last year.
Wide receiver/defensive back Tre Brackeen was the district’s defensive newcomer of the year after starting 14 games as a sophomore at safety.
Cisco is also counting on sophomore wide receiver/defensive back Hunter McCoy to step into a critical role.
Stennett said his biggest concern is the Loboes’ depth.