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DISTRICT 11-2A DII Hubbard JAGUARS Head Coach Russell Anderson 2018 record: 6-5 Last Playoff Appearance: 2018 passes for 1,056 yards and seven touch- downs and was named the first-team All-District quarterback. He was just as good on defense, where he was a leader at free safety. He made 87 tackles, includ- ing eight for losses and recovered two fumbles. Morris had an interception and broke up seven passes and was clearly one of the best two-way players in the Golden Circle. He’ll be back next year along with a long list of underclassmen who had big seasons in 2018. Cooper Martin is another junior who had a breakout season. Martin played fullback and wide receiver and made teams pay at both positions. He led Hub- bard in rushing, gaining 713 yards on 100 carries and scored nine touchdowns. He also caught 25 passes for 456 yards and four more touchdowns, and was the district’s first-team fullback. Martin had his best game in what turned out to be the key game of the season when he ran for 163 yards on 25 carries in the mud and scored on a 91-yard run in Hubbard’s 12-9 double overtime win over Frost. Morris scored on a 9-yard run in the second OT to lift the Jags to the victory. Frost beat everyone else in the district except Mart. Hubbard’s offensive line was led by center Chance Hasse, a junior and three- year starter, and sophomore Sebastian Olivera, and the defense produced the district’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year, freshman Brian Stroud, who started the last six games due to an injury and led Hubbard in tackles during district play. RJ Cormier, a junior, was one of the team’s top defensive linemen and Justin Johnson, a sophomore, had a big year at strong safety (50 tackles, five pass break- ups and an interception). The Jags bounced back all year with a young team that grew up along the way with the promise of being even better next year. Bartlett    Itasca    at Cross Roads   Valley Mills   at Cayuga   at Dawson *  Frost *         at Mart *    Wortham *   at Meridian  Grapeland  W 40-6 W 12-7 W 43-0 L 37-13 L 35-28 L 28-13 W12-9   (2OT) L 66-0 W 41-6 W 14-6 L 54-0 *District Game GUA HUBBARD – If you wanted to look up the word resilient or have a discussion about bouncing back you could find both at Jaguar Stadium in Hubbard where Russell Anderson’s Jaguars spent a season finding ways to forget tough losses and just kept moving ahead. The result was another solid season for the Jags, who went 6-4 during the regu- lar season and 3-2 in a tough district race that saw Hubbard emerge as a playoff team again. The Jaguars have made the playoffs ev- ery year Anderson has been there and the 2018 team pushed the streak to four in a row in a season where they saw several young players step up to keep a winning tradition alive. The District 11-2A DII race might have been a lot more fun for everyone if the UIL hadn’t added Mart, the defend- ing 2A DI state champ, to the mix. Mart predictably went unbeaten, which meant everyone else was fighting for the No. 2 spot, and Hubbard came oh-so-close to grabbing the runner-up berth in the playoffs. The Jaguars went into the final district game in a logjam with Frost and Dawson with a chance to finish as high as second or as low as fourth. They took care of business on the road and knocked off Meridian 14-6 in what could have been considered their biggest game of the year, but Frost, Dawson and Hubbard all ended up with 3-2 records, and because of the head-to-head merry-go-round between the three teams Hubbard ended up with the fourth playoff berth. Considering how many young players emerged this season at Hubbard, the Jags will probably be favored to finish higher next year. One of the big keys to the season was Logan Morris, a junior quarterback who was just as vital on either side of the ball and a team leader. Morris ran for 518 yards and six touchdowns and completed 65 of 122 2018 SCHEDULE G C F O OT B A L L 1 8 |   C O R S I C A N A DA I LY S U N | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 29