It’s become a right of passage, a state holiday, a moment of reckoning: The annual release of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine.
Once again the magazine is available to loyal readers and followers of football in Texas and have heard what Dave Campbell has to say about the expectations they have for local high school teams – along with the rest of the state – colleges and pros.
The Sterling Rangers have been tabbed to finish last in the eight-team district following a 2-8 campaign.
The defending Class 6A Division I champions North Shore is expected to come out on top in the standings while West Brook, who finished as the Division II runners up is picked to finish second. With 12 starters – six on each side of the ball – expected back at Sterling, the Rangers may have a shot to move up the rankings with some key wins at home.
Prediction: 1. North Shore, 2. West Brook, 3. C.E. King, 4. Channelview, 5. Deer Park, 6. Beaumont United, 7. La Porte, 8. Sterling.
District 9-5A I
Goose Creek Memorial is expected to return seven starters on offense and the same amount on defense and that could help new head coach Shannon Carter transition in a district that could be hotly contested for the final playoff spot. The Patriots are picked to finish seventh after a 2-8 campaign that saw them only win one district contest.
Port Arthur Memorial which went 9-2 is expected to win the district over New Caney (10-2), the defending district champion.
Prediction: 1. Port Arthur Memorial, 2. New Caney, 3. Humble Kingwood Park, 4. New Caney Porter, 5. Houston Austin, 6. Galena Park, 7. Goose Creek Memorial, 8. Houston Wisdom.
District 12-5A II
Two of the three area teams in this district are expected to be in position for a playoff spot while another might be in the running to make it all of them being postseason-bound with some breaks.
Barbers Hill, which went 7-4 and fell in the bi-district round is favored to finish third behind predicted winners Port Neches-Groves and Nederland, who tied for the district title.
Crosby, which despite a 7-3 record missed the 2018 playoffs, is predicted to eke out the fourth and final playoff spot over Robert E. Lee which enjoyed a resurgence under head coach Tim Finn as the Ganders went 4-6.
Prediction: 1. Port Neches-Groves, 2. Nederland, 3. Barbers Hill, 4. Crosby, 5. Robert E. Lee, 6. Santa Fe, 7. Vidor, 8. Dayton.
District 12-3A I
Anahuac has a new head coach in Greg Neece who brings with him two consecutive Class 3A title rings from his 2017-18 role in Newton’s back-to-back 16-0 seasons as the team’s offensive coordinator. Neece returns to the district after coaching at Kirbyville for seven seasons before heading to Newton and his Panthers are predicted to finish fifth, just outside the playoffs.
Perennial powers East Chambers is once again expected to come out on top in district action.
Prediction: 1. East Chambers, 2 Woodville, 3. Orangefield, 4. Buna, 5. Anahuac, 6. Hardin, 7. Kirbyville, 8.Warren.
The defending state champions of Baytown Christian, which went 14-0, lost a ton of personnel, but are expected to win its small district.
Predicted finish: 1. Baytown Christian, 2. Alvin Living Stones, 3. Orange Community Christian, 4. Belleville Faith Academy.
Casey Collier, a Barbers Hill offensive lineman, and Tayvion Haggerty, a Sterling defensive back, were listed in the top 30 at their respective positions.