Ranger High School is making the transition from 11-man football to six-man football this fall. The Bulldogs will play an independent outlaw schedule, meaning they won’t be playing in a University Interscholastic League district since this is the second year of the biennial UIL realignment and reclassification.
First-year Ranger head coach Eric Sanchez said his team will be “much improved all around with the drop to six-man.” The Bulldogs went 0-9 overall and 0-6 in rugged District 8-2A Division II last year.
“Our offensive line will be much improved and our skill players will be more experienced,” he added. “Learning the six-man game will be the biggest hurdle for us to be successful.”
Ranger returns 15 lettermen and six starters on both offense and defense from last year’s team in the school’s final 11-man season.
Among the key returning players for the Bulldogs is QB/S Eden Alexander, who was the team’s leading passer a year ago.
Sanchez is counting on the offensive line to be the key to the Ranger’s first season in six-man football. Among the linemen who will lead the Bulldogs’ attack are OL/DL Jordan Jaramillo, OL/DE James McKee, OL/DL Oscar Villareal and OL/DL Landon Farmer.
Other important returning players for Ranger are LB Nico Farmer, WR/CB Ashton Shope, WR/CB Tucker Boring, QB/RB/S James Uhlhorn and WR/CB Leo Martinez Ramirez.