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District: 26-6A
Coach: Matt Carroll (7-23 in fourth season at school; 27-55 in ninth season overall)
Last year: 4-6; 2-4 district (tied for fifth)
Lowdown: The Rough Riders return eight offensive and nine defensive starters – many three-year veterans. QB/RB Bryson Carroll (5-9, 180, Sr.) passed for 1,102 yards and 9 TDs and rushed for 1,414 yards and eight scores. RB/DB Josh Morgan (5-9, 175, Sr.), tallied 881 yards and 3 TDs rushing, and WR/DB Abideen Bello (6-2, 180, Sr.) had 176 receiving yards. Other targets include WR Wyatt Royder (5-10, 165, Jr.) and TE/WR Xander Yarberough (6-6, 240, Sr.). Defenders include LB Stephon Barclift (6-0, 195, Sr.), who made 109 tackles, 10 for losses, with two fumble recoveries last season; DBs Bello and Leroy Giles (5-9, 170, Sr.); DT Steven Marshall (5-11, 280, Jr.), with 38 stops; and DB Elijah Hunter (6-0, 190, Sr.).

Notable: Roosevelt seeks its first playoff appearance since 2012 … Carroll, Yarberough, Morgan, Barclift, Bello, Giles and OL David Pavon (6-2, 225, Jr.) are returning all-district players; Barclift received all-state honors … Roosevelt visited Waco for the Aug. 26 season-opener for both teams.

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