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Hands-on head coach Steve Smith has high hopes for his 2011 Antelopes. Smith and assistant coach Jerry Pyles worked with defensive backs at two-a-days.

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Campbell's TX Football Lists Lopes 4th

Published Aug. 5, 2011 @ midnight

What can we expect of the Post Bold Gold Antelopes in the 2011 football season.  The gridiron bible says the Lopes will finish 4th in the seven team Division II, 2-2A district.  Dave Cambell's Texas Football (DCTF) magazine has defending state champs Idalou finishing first, Coahoma second and Stanton third. 

When asked which team, if any team, has the best chance to unseat the Idalou wildcats as district champs, new Post head coach Steve Smith commented "Post" does.

Smith comes from a history of playing well in big games.  And depending on both teams' records come October 14, the big game here at Jimmie Redman Memorial Stadium hopes to be a smash mouth football game for the ages.  (See story about the 2011 schedule.)

During his time at Archer City, Coach Smith succeeded in knocking off teams who were either state champs or runner up the previous seasons.  He explained "We were in a district with Munday who won in '07 and we beat them by 50 (points) in 08.  Also, "we were in a district with Windthorst and we beat them twice the last five years and although they were not champs those years, they were finalists."

Idalou starts a new era without long time head coach Johnny Taylor.  His replacement, Don Long, served under Taylor for 20 years.  Long has ten starters returning including all-state defensive tackle Matthew Sales and two year startng quarterback Alec Estes.

The Lopes bring back fifteen starters with defensive end Jacob Perez being the player to watch according to DCTF.  Other returners mentioned are Matt Soto, Aaron Macy, Nathaniel Gill, Dalton Holly, Vance Blair, Caden Dean, Jordan Aguilar, Seth Babb, D.J. Brown and Parker Loftus.

The week before the Bold Gold meet up with Idalou, they'll travel to Coahoma (10/7) and the week after to Stanton (10/21).  For the Antelopes to qualify for the play-offs, they may have to upset at least two of those teams and win the other three district games.  

The magazine offers up Coahoma's QB Tanner Ruiz as the preseason offensive MVP and Idalou's Sales the defensive MVP.   

After the top four, DCTF predicts that Forsan, Anson and Hawley will finish in that order.





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