Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Patrick Mahomes grace the cover of this year’s Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and with a new cover comes new predictions.
With several local area teams going through district realignment earlier this year, the Denton Broncos still find themselves in District 5-5A, but many of the teams around them have changed.
Gone are Fort Worth Chisholm Trail, Saginaw, Saginaw Boswell, Azle and Fort Worth Brewer from last year’s eight-team district and incoming are Ryan, Denison, Sherman and newly-formed Denton Braswell into this year’s seven-team district.
After being predicted to come in second in the district behind Wichita Falls Rider last season, the Broncos rattled off a 6-1 district record and a share of the district championship for the first time since 1999.
This season, and keep in mind these are just predictions, the Broncos have been prognosticated to place second behind Ryan, who is favored to win the Class 5A football title after falling 48-27 to Allen in last year’s Class 6A Division I Region I game.
Denton finished the season at 9-3, beating Grapevine 12-11 in their opening playoff game before falling to state powerhouse Aledo in the second round for the second consecutive season.
Behind the Broncos are Rider and the newly-added Denison to round out the top four playoff spots with Wichita Falls, Sherman and Braswell rounding out the final three teams.
It’s no surprise Denton is getting more respect after going 8-4 and making the playoffs for the first time since 2010 two seasons ago and this upcoming season Denton is returning six starters on both sides of the ball, headlined by first-team all-state representative Grant Polley and dynamic wideout Chris Miller.
Polley and Miller are entering their senior seasons with Polley committed to Kansas and Miller recently committing to Colorado.
Senior quarterback Colt Atkinson will return as a starter for the second season after throwing for 2,225 yards and 25 touchdowns in his junior campaign, but the Broncos will have to adjust with life without all-state running back Xavier Scott, who graduated this year.
Senior Caleb Osuofa and junior Adrian Wilson are expected to fill in the big hole that Scott left.
The Broncos also have a wealth of depth for the upcoming season and head coach Kevin Atkinson is quoted as he is “extremely excited about his senior class.”
Picked to place second in the district for the last two years by Dave Campbell, the Broncos are showing an uptick under Atkinson when it comes to predictions as the Broncos were picked seventh out of eight teams in District 5-4A in 2013 and in 2014 the Broncos were picked fourth in the newly-aligned District 5-5A.