With two-a-days about a month away, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine has plenty of thoughts on the upcoming football season for teams in Texoma.
Sherman are projected to finish fifth in District 7-5A Division I. The Bearcats are projected to finish just ahead of Wylie East and a spot behind McKinney North. The projected playoff teams for the district are Tyler John Tyler, Texarkana Texas, Mesquite and West Mesquite.
The Denison Yellow Jackets are predicted to sneak into the playoffs in the number four spot in District 7-5A Division II. The other projected playoff teams from the district are Frisco Reedy, Lake Dallas and Lovejoy.
The Class 4A Division I preseason rankings show both Melissa and Celina in the statewide top 20, slotting in 10th and 12th respectively. The Cardinals have a pre-season all-state selection in wide receiver Kennedy Lewis and the Bobcats have a selection on the list as well with defensive lineman Kaghan Roach.
The Gainesville Leopards are projected to finish in the number five spot in District 4-4A Division I. Gainesville is predicted to finish just outside the playoff picture behind Wichita Falls Hirschi, Decatur, Springtown and Mineral Wells.
Melissa quarterback Brendon Lewis is the Preseason Offensive MVP for District 7-4A Division II. The Cardinals are projected to finish second in the playoff chase while Celina is also picked to make the postseason in third place. The Anna Coyotes are projected to finish fifth in the district.
The Gunter Tigers are coming off a season where they made the state championship game for the second year in a row. This season they will open as the fourth-ranked team in Class 3A Division II and have defensive back Peyton Lowe as a pre-season all-state selection.
The Tigers are predicted to win Region II for the third straight season and advance to the state semifinals before bowing out against Canadian. Slotback Dylan Jantz is the Preseason Offensive MVP as Gunter is picked to win District 5-3A Division II, followed by S&S in fifth and Callisburg in seventh place to round out the district. The teams chosen to join Gunter in the playoffs are Holliday, Nocona and Henrietta.
The Whitesboro Bearcats and Pilot Point Bearcats are each selected to make the playoffs out of District 4-3A Division I, picked to finish in second and third place respectively. Whitesboro quarterback Scout Sanders is the Preseason Offensive MVP and the two Bearcats teams are projected to finish in between Brock and Bowie in the standings.
District 5-3A Division I has four teams from the area with three of them — Van Alstyne, Pottsboro and Bonham — picked to make the playoffs while Howe is projected to finish sixth. Van Alstyne is picked to be in first, Pottsboro in second and Bonham in fourth. The other projected playoff team is Commerce.
Van Alstyne quarterback Rhett Gallagher is the Preseason Offensive MVP and Pottsboro linebacker Austin Cates is the Defensive MVP.
Bells and Leonard are each picked to make the playoffs out of District 9-3A Division II as the Panthers are picked to finish as the number one team in the district and Leonard is projected as the third-best team. Whitewright and Blue Ridge accompany them in that district and are picked to place fifth and seventh respectively. Bells quarterback Bryan Ponder is the Preseason Offensive MVP.
Collinsville running back Garrett Vannoy is listed as a Player to Watch in Class 2A as he is projected to lead the Pirates to the playoffs and a third-place finish in District 5-2A Division I. The Pirates are projected to be followed into the playoffs by fourth-place Tom Bean with Trenton predicted to just miss the cut and finish fifth.
Wolfe City and Honey Grove are each picked as playoff teams in District 6-2A Division I. The Wolves are selected to wind up in the third spot while the Warriors are picked to finish fourth. Honey Grove defensive end Sean Bowman is the Preseason Defensive MVP.
The Tioga Bulldogs are projected to make the playoffs with a fourth-place finish in District 9-2A Division II. The Bulldogs are picked to be joined in the postseason by Muenster, Cumby and Era.
Savoy is projected to finish fourth in District 9-1A Division I. The Cardinals are projected to finish behind Newcastle, Perrin-Whitt and Bryson.
Fannindel is picked to win District 9-1A Division II and make the playoffs along with Forestburg. The Falcons’ Deandrae Tinnell is the Preseason Defensive MVP.
Texoma Christian School is picked to finish in fourth place in TAPPS Division IV — District 1. TCS is picked to finish behind Muenster Sacred Heart, Fort Worth Lake Country and Fort Worth Calvary Academy.