GAINESVILLE — The release of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football season sends prep football fans scrambling every summer to see what their local team is predicted to do.
Area fans will not be disappointed in the 2013 edition as the “Bible of Texas Football” sees big things for the local gridironers.
Both Gainesville (No. 24 in Class 3A) and Muenster (No. 7 in Class 1A Division II) will begin the season state-ranked while Lindsay and Sacred Heart are both picked to win their districts.
Gainesville is predicted to be the top team in District 9-3A, which would give the Leopards back-to-back district titles. The Leopards are picked to be the top Division I representative with Krum, Decatur and Bridgeport following in that order.
The Leopards return eight players on offense and seven on defense, including the league’s top returning rusher in Adam Berryman, who ran for 1,705 yards and 25 touchdowns last season.
Muenster is picked to finish second to the No. 4 state-ranked Munday Moguls in District 8-1A Division II for a second consecutive year. Defensive end and recent Oklahoma State commit Cole Walterscheid is picked as a preseason all-state defensive lineman (as is the recently graduated Andy Flusche by mistake).
Era is picked fifth in District 8-1A Division II with players to watch being Jacob Metzler and Jose De Los Santos. The Hornets return four players on offense and seven on defense after a 3-7 campaign a year ago.
Lindsay is picked to win District 7-1A Division I while Valley View is tabbed as a potential runner up. The Knights return five offensive players and three defensive. Junior quarterback John Haverkamp is listed as a player to watch after throwing for more than 900 yards as a sophomore last season.
Valley View’s Landon Boaz is the league’s top returning rusher (1,861 yards and 17 touchdowns) while quarterback Ethan McCollum is the league’s top returning passer (1,741 yards and 12 touchdowns). The Eagles went 7-5 last season with a trip to the area playoffs - the magazine predicts a possible long playoff run this year.
Sacred Heart is picked to win TAPPS Division III-1 after a 7-4 season last year. The Tigers return a good amount of experience with quarterback Kason Reeves and wide receivers Keith Metzler and Isac Walterscheid all returning.
Gainesville State School is picked last for TAPPS Division III-2.
After taking District 5-2A Division I by storm last season, Texas Football magazine sees the Callisburg Wildcats being left out of the postseason this year. Graduation hit the Wildcats hard as they return only four players on each side of the ball. Callisburg can put a feather in its cap for being listed as one of the teams with the biggest turnaround after winning seven more games than the previous season.