2017 Herald-Banner football preview: Boles to run with Josiah Wilson
David Claybourn Herald-Banner Sports Editor
2017 BOLES HORNETS — 1 Josh Henderson, 2 Jason Henderson, 3 Josiah Wilson, 5 Michael McBrayer, 6 Kyle Green, 7 Preston Adams, 8 Koen Goggins, 13 Santiago Sanjines, 22 Evan Bain, 23 Calan Still, 34 Brian Hinojos, 50 Preston Campbell, 51 Kaleb Zimmer, 54 Keaton Kanaman, 55 Chad Wetteland, 60 Corey Tacker, 70 Jacob Howell, 75 Jonathan Johnson, 78 Matt Finn.
QUINLAN — All-state running back Josiah Wilson returns to lead the Boles Hornets as they try to make it back into the football playoffs this season.
Wilson earned all-state honors after rushing for a team-high 1,735 yards and 19 touchdowns on 240 carries in 2016, including a long gain of 90 yards.
Wilson also led the 4-7 Hornets last season in tackles from his linebacker position.
“I believe we should have a good season if we can get to district healthy,” said Boles coach Kim Kanaman. “We play a real tough preseason schedule. Our strength will be our offensive line and running backs.”
Kyle Green, who ran for 844 yards and nine touchdowns on 128 carries, also returns to the Hornets’ backfield along with quarterback Jason Henderson, who passed for 445 yards and two touchdowns last season and ran for 101 yards and four TDs.
“He runs the offense well,” Kanaman said of Henderson. “He ranks first in his class. Jason’s a real smart quarterback.”
Three of the Hornets’ top blockers are also back including three-time first-team all-district selection Keaton Kanaman and first-time all-district pick Kaleb Zimmer on the offensive line and Evan Bain at tight end.
Zimmer at noseguard, Kanaman at defensive end, plus Bain and Wilson will provide plenty of leadership to the Hornet defense.
Boles made it into the playoffs with a fourth-place finish in District 9-2A last season behind Rivercrest (10-1), James Bowie (4-7) and Wolfe City (6-5).
“District will be very tough with Rivercrest and Wolfe City looking good,” said Kanaman.
Currently the Hornets are carrying 19 players on the varsity roster.
“Our firsts are pretty good,” said the Boles coach. “We’re just going to be thin, like every 2A high school is.”
NOTES: Arlington Pantego outscored Boles 2-0 in touchdowns in the first preseason scrimmage. “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football” magazine sees District 9-2A, Division I this way: 1. Rivercrest, 2. Wolfe City, 3. Linden-Kildare, 4. Boles, 5. Honey Grove, 6. James Bowie.http://www.heraldbanner.com/sports/hera ... c299e.html