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August 9, 2013

CCS Warriors’ Horton eyes playoffs, players talking championship

By CLINT FOSTER

Fall camps nationwide have only just begun, and any coach will say its early to talk about the postseason, but Community Christian School head football coach Bryan Horton likes what he’s seen out of his squad so far this August and has high hopes.

At the Warriors’ first padded practice on Wednesday, Horton said he has been impressed with his team as whole and believes they are capable of a memorable season if their starters can stay healthy.

“Barring injury ... there’s no reason we don’t have our eye on the playoffs,” Horton said as he sweated in the August heat. “That’s one of our team goals.

“There’s no reason we don’t expect to push real hard in that first round game.

“I kind of like the matchups I see coming.”

Horton said he has been particularly pleased by the amount of competition he has seen at positions that have not been in contention in the past.

He added he has also had his eye on three of his top players, Isaiah Brazeal, Sammy Brazeal and Joby Bradshaw, all of whom have shown promise after returning from injuries last season.

Sammy should be a force in the middle of the field playing primarily nose tackle and center.

At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Horton said he has shown not only power, but also significant speed, keeping up with all of his teammates in conditioning drills.

Sammy’s cousin Isaiah returns from an ACL injury last season.

Horton said he is excited about the potential Isaiah’s speed brings to any game plan.

“He looks fresh, that’s about the best way to put it. He’s got a real good spring in his step,” Horton said of Isaiah. “With his kind of speed, there’s not a lot of kids around (Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship) that are going to catch him.”

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