Regarded as the bible of football, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine has hit store shelves with its pre-season predictions and analysis.
Here is a quick recap of how they see local football teams shaping up for 2012.
As expected, Calallen is picked to repeat as District 31-4A champions. The Wildcats went a perfect 6-0 in district play during the 2010 season.
The finished an overall 13-2 as a State Semifinalist. The ‘Cats were one of only three Coastal Bend teams to be state ranked, checking in at No. 15.
To repeat, the ‘Cats will look to junior Preston Dorsey to take over behind center and use playmaking RB Marcus Price in the open field. Calallen will have a strong secondary this upcoming season led by Paul Castillo and Nick Espinosa.
Other playoff predictions for 31-4A include the Alice Coyotes, Flour Bluff Hornets and Ray Texans.
The Tuloso-Midway Warriors are picked to finish sixth in the seven team district, behind the Moody Trojans. The Warriors are returning five players on each side of the ball. Quarterback Jonathan Iglesias comes in as the district’s most experienced passer. T-M fell short of the playoffs in 2010, with a 1-5 district record.
The Robstown Cotton Pickers will look to continue their 2010 success after finishing as district-runner up and claiming their first playoff victory in 55 years. Despite heavy hits from graduation, the ‘Pickers check in as the third place team in 31-3A behind Miller and Raymondville.
Robstown will look to revamp their offense, with only one listed starter returning.
‘Pickers Head Football Coach Rick Gonzalez said Victor Leal and Omar Elizondo will compete to split time at quarterback, correcting an error made by the magazine.
The ‘Pickers’ defense will rely on speed, and Gonzalez said he might have the fastest team in the district, with several players coming in from track and field.
District 31-3A will have a new look this year, with four of the six teams bringing in new head coaches.
“It’s like jumping into a new district,” Gonzalez said. “West Oso and Orange Grove will be changing their offenses. Miller really is the only team that is bringing the same thing to the table.”
Other area teams listed include the Bishop Badgers, Banquete Bulldogs, and Agua Dulce Longhorns. The Badgers are picked fifth in District 16-2A, Div. I.
The Bulldogs come in second to state powerhouse Refugio in District 16-2A, Div. II. The Longhorns are shown as sixth place in District 16-1A, Div. II, which includes defending State Champion Falls City.
Texas Football Magazine is available at stores now.