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2020 HS Football Preview: 5A District 14 D-I | Southside, Southwest, and Southwest Legacy to compete for district title

KENS 5 breaks down the teams, players, coaches, and storylines to watch during this high school football season.


Southside Cardinals

  • Head coach: Ricky Lock, 40-26 in six seasons
  • Last year's record: 7-4
  • Playoff results: Lost 59-14 to Sharyland Pioneer in first round
  • First game: @ Rockport Fulton, October 2

The Cardinals are the favorites in District 14 entering the 2020 season. They are moving into a more geographically-friendly district, which is going to help immensely. It also does not hurt to have Caleb Camarillo and Micah Young returning, both all-state selections in 2019. Camarillo tallied almost 1,800 total yards with 18 touchdowns. Young racked up 170-plus tackles with eight sacks.

Southwest Dragons

  • Head coach: Alejandro Franco, first year
  • Last year's record: 6-6
  • Playoff results: Lost to Corpus Christi Miller 56-6 in second round
  • First game: @ Floresville, October 2
  • Coach Matt Elliott retired last year after a 71-25 career at Southwest

Former defensive coordinator Alejandro Franco takes over for coach Elliott after a very successful tenure with the Dragons. It was a bit of a down year in 2019 for Southwest, but they should be right there with Southside competing for a district championship. The Dragons return 15 players, with running back Andre Mitchell the biggest name in the bunch. He scored 15 touchdowns last season.

Southwest Legacy Titans

  • Head coach: John Tarvin, 6-14 in two seasons
  • Last year's record: 6-4
  • First game: Lost to Victoria East 28-23 on September 25

Coach Tarvin saw great progress last season after the program launched its first varsity season in 2018 without recording a victory. The young kids from two years ago are growing up, and that experience should pay dividends in 2020.

Other teams in the division:

  • Eagle Pass Winn
  • Rio Grande City
  • Laredo Cigarroa
  • Laredo Martin


  1. Southside
  2. Southwest
  3. Southwest Legacy
  4. Rio Grande City
  5. Eagle Pass Winn
  6. Laredo Martin
  7. Laredo Cigarroa

5A Players to Watch (No particular order)

  • Landeon Eades (DL, Boerne Champion)
  • Reed Cantrell (TE, Boerne Champion)
  • Fisher Middleton (RB, Kerrville Tivy)
  • Caleb Camarillo (RB, Southside)
  • Micah Young (LB, Southside)
  • Andre Mitchell (RB, Southwest)
  • Naythan Pena (LB, Southwest Legacy)
  • Faiszon Reese (RB, Sam Houston)
  • Matthew Salazar (RB, Burbank)
  • Itler Mbula (DB, Jefferson)
  • Carlos Camardo (DB, Brackenridge)
  • Simeon Woodard (DB, Vets Memorial)
  • JC Solitaire (RB, Vets Memorial)
  • Marques Washington (RB, Seguin)
  • Caden Holt (LB, Canyon)
  • Stephen Garza (LB, Harlandale)

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