LBJ’s latest football makeover started before the Jaguars’ new head coach, Andrew Jackson, stepped on the practice field for the first time Monday morning.
Before practice, the Jaguars waited outside the door to their locker room, eager to see the results of a $4,000 renovation that included the addition of a 36-inch flat-screen TV on one wall. The renovation — a gift from the LBJ booster club — also included new benches; a green, synthetic-turf rug in the center of the room; game-action photos on the walls; and purple tiles on the ceiling.
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LBJ will be one of eight Austin-area schools to open the season with a new head coach. The lineup of new faces:
School;New coach;Last season
Bastrop;Todd Patmon;3-7, missed playoffs
Del Valle;Charles Burton;4-7, bi-district round of 5A, Division I playoffs
Hays;Neal La Hue;10-2, area round of 4A, Division I playoffs
Hutto;Steve Van Meter;5-5, missed playoffs
LBJ;Andrew Jackson;4-6, bi-district round of 4A, Division I playoffs
Leander;Lee Bridges;11-2, third round of 4A, Division I playoffs
Lockhart;Brian Herman;6-4, missed playoffs
Wimberley;Doug Warren;8-4, area round of 3A, Division II playoffs
The kickoff of the high school football season doesn’t arrive until the end of this month, but let’s look ahead to five intriguing opening-week matchups.
Vista Ridge at Bastrop, 7 p.m.
After a disappointing 2012 season, Bastrop faces a tough opener against Vista Ridge. Behind RB Stedman Mayberry, the Rangers reached the area round of the Class 4A, Division II playoffs last year.
Westlake at Cedar Park, 7:30 p.m.
Marquee matchup of opening week pits Timberwolves, defending Class 4A, Division II state champs, against a Chaparrals squad that reached 5A, Division II state semifinals last season.
Rouse at Hendrickson, 7:30 p.m.
Last season, Rouse made a surprising run to 4A, Division I state semifinals, but Hendrickson boasts three Division I recruits, including RB Samaje Perine, an Oklahoma pledge.
Killeen at Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.
Georgetown reached 4A, Division I final in 2012, but QB Jake Hubenak and other top playmakers have departed. A speedy Killeen squad, which jumped to Class 5A a year ago as a result of realignment, figures to be a challenging opening-week test.
LBJ at Hutto, 7:30 p.m.
Matchup of two Class 4A teams making new starts. LBJ will be led by former Reagan coach Andrew Jackson, while Steve Van Meter, who won 148 games at Friendswood from 1992 to 2011, takes over at Hutto.