When the summer edition of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football hits newsstands, the hidden section of the grocery store or that rack in the gas station next to a bunch of things nobody ever buys, it always signals one thing — the unofficial start to the football season.
And with all the rankings and the preseason picks comes all the fun speculation that will occur over the next two months while we all anxiously await the coming of the start of the season.
It costs $10.95 and is worth picking up. You should also pick up Friday Night Football by The Old Coach as well (here’s the link).
Guyer, the defending Class 4A Division I champions, are prominently featured in this year’s issue. Senior quarterback Jerrod Heard, who has orally committed to Texas, is the 4A Coverboy with a story written by the DRC’s Adam Boedeker. Heard was the magazine’s 2012 4A Player of the Year and is the preseason 4A Offensive Player of the Year.
Guyer is the DCTF No.1 team in 4A, with Cedar Park coming in second and Aledo at No.3. Georgetown, the team Guyer defeated in the state title game, is at No.12.
I think everybody around the state has Guyer pegged as the favorite to repeat as state champs, and I doubt the Wildcats will get tested until the playoffs. But it should be fun to watch.
Here’s what the rest of 5-4A looks like.
- Wichita Falls Rider
- Trophy Club Nelson
- Lake Dallas
- Fort Worth Brewer
- Wichita Falls
Denton could make a run at that final playoff spot that Lake Dallas will also be fighting for. It’ll come down to how much the Broncos grow in head coach Kevin Atkinson’s second year.
Ryan, to be frank, is coming off a sub-par year for a team that’s used to making deep playoff runs. But if you’re a Raiders fan, you have to be pleased with the way the team improved toward the end of the season. DCTF has the team picked to finish second in District 5-5A behind 12th ranked Coppell. I think that’s probably on the optimistic end, but Ryan certainly has a shot at finishing as the district’s runner-up.
In Class 3A, Argyle leads the local pack. The Eagles are slotted at No.4 in the state behind Carthage, Gilmer and Stephenville. I have a strong feeling it’ll be another Argyle-Gilmer match-up in the playoffs, a great rivalry that always makes for an exciting contest.
Texas Tech pledge Ian Sadler, Argyle’s all-around offensive weapon, is pegged as the preseason Class 3A Offensive Player of the Year. He’s one of the most explosive kids in the state and should be in for a tremendous senior year.
Here’s how District 10-3A stacks up:
- Frisco Lone Star
- Carrollton Ranchview
I was a little shocked seeing Krum senior QB Caz Wojciak as one of the state’s potential breakout players, but it’s warranted considering the stats he put up this year. Luckily for Krum, Wojciak will be back after the Bobcats lost a good chunk of the players that helped Krum make the playoffs in the school’s first year in district play.
District 5-2A(I) preseason’s rankings pits Pilot Point as the district runner-up behind Whitesboro. Whitesboro brings back a lot of key players, including the potent Collin Kilcrease in the backfield.
Pilot Point is bringing back Travis Garrett, who should flourish in his junior year. They shouldn’t have a problem making the playoffs. Unfortunately, the same thing can’t be said for Ponder, who is slotted in the cellar of the district. The Lions are still trying to get their program going and went winless in district play last season.
- Pilot Point
In the private school ranks, Liberty Christian is slated to finish fifth in TAPPS 1-I. Calvary was picked third in Six-Man 2-I. Calvary did not submit info for the magazine.
Feel free to complain, chime in, and debate below. We’ll have more on our teams as the season approaches and as we get ready to put out DRC’s Football 2013.