The National Football League might not take the field for the 2011 season but the Waxahachie Indians will open the renovated Lumpkins Stadium and provide another exciting year of high school football for the Waxahachie faithful.
With stadium construction underway the Waxahachie Indians are in offseason mode for the next couple of weeks before opening spring practices Monday, April 18, at Lumpkins.
Some of the questions the Indians will have entering spring ball will include who will replace TCU signee LaDarius Brown at receiver and safety, will the quarterbacks rotate again and will Robert Lowe Jr. have an even better season as the teamís No. 1 running back?
Waxahachie head coach David Ream uses the spring practices to see who he has ready to step up and earn varsity starting positions. The last two years the running back who was No. 1 on the depth chart at the end of spring ended up being replaced by the start of district play but most other spots have been locked down with spring performances.
Waxahachie will hold spring practice April 18-May 12 with the annual Green and White game will be held at Lumpkins on Thursday, May 12.
Most practices will be held from 4-6 p.m. while a select few will start at 8 a.m.
Brooks Teeter and Don King III are expected to rotate at the quarterback position again this season while providing veteran leadership.
Lowe becomes the first running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season to return for an encore in the last few years while there will be a new look on the offensive line.
Devin Chandler and Christian Brewer return with two years of varsity experience to lead the defense that will include several returning players from last yearís team including Devin Walker, Terrance Hawkins and Quin Sargent.
The Indians opened the 2010 season with Denton Guyer in the Oldcoach.com Classic. This year the Indians will return to the Classic but will open with Flower Mound Marcus on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Carrolltonís Newman Smith stadium.
As the stadium renovations are completed the Indians will play on the road for the first three games of the season.
Following the game against Marcus the Indians will play Dallas Carter at Kincaide Stadium before having a bye Sept. 9. Waxahachie has played at Kincaide on several occasions over the last couple of seasons in the playoffs.
After the bye the Indians open District 15-4A play on the road in Terrell before holding the first game at the new stadium on Sept. 23 against rival Red Oak.
Home games scheduled for 2011 include district games against Red Oak, Corsicana, Lancaster and Mesquite Poteet. Homecoming is Oct. 7 against Corsicana while Parentís Night is Nov. 4 against Mesquite Poteet.
After missing the playoffs for the first time in 20 years last season the Indians are hungry to start a new streak in 2011 and will use the spring practices as a starting point to prepare for a strong year.