More than half of Wise County’s football teams will be in the playoffs this fall, according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
The annual magazine that hit newsstands last week picked Boyd, Bridgeport, Decatur and Northwest to make the postseason.
Decatur and Bridgeport, who took first and second last year in District 7-3A, are picked to reign in their new league – 9-3A.
The magazine tabbed Decatur to win the league and Bridgeport to take second. Sanger was picked third ahead of Gainesville and Krum.
“I’m glad we are thought of that highly, but we’ve got a long road to get that accomplished,” said Bridgeport coach Danny Henson. “Our goal is to get back to the playoffs.”
Gabe Huerta, who is coming off a season with 1,383 yards and 20 touchdowns, is picked as the league’s preseason offensive MVP.
“Gabe is coming off a few good years,” Henson said. “We hope he can stay healthy and have another good year. There are a lot of good offensive players in our district.”
In the first season since 1977 without J.G. Cartwright on the sidelines, the Boyd Yellowjackets were picked to return the playoffs as the third-place team in District 5-2A Division I. Boyd was picked behind Bowie and Pilot Point – teams dropping down from 3A.
“You don’t want to be ranked too high or too low,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins, who will begin his first season in charge of the Yellowjackets. “We believe we’ll have a good chance to compete for a playoff spot. But it’s one of the toughest districts we’ve been in for a while. It’s not going to be a cakewalk.”
Blake McDonald, who takes over at quarterback for Jared Cate, was picked as the league’s preseason offensive MVP.
“He’s the real deal and can play,” Hopkins said. “He will give us an extra edge in the backfield with his running threat.”
Whitesboro, who made the playoffs for the first time in school history last year in 3A, was picked fourth. Callisburg was tabbed fourth ahead of Paradise and Ponder.
The Alvord Bulldogs are slated for fifth in District 5-2A Division II. Holliday, Nocona and Henrietta – playoff teams from last year – are picked in the top three spots. City View is fourth and Jacksboro sixth.
The Chico Dragons were picked fourth in the competitive 7-A Division I behind Lindsay, Collinsville and Valley View. The Dragons were ahead of Blue Ridge and Trenton.
Chico senior Hunter York is the league’s leading returning passer after throwing for 1,595 yards and 17 touchdowns last year.
The Northwest Texans are slated to return to the playoffs after coming up a game short last year. The Texans are picked fourth in District 4-5A behind Southlake Carroll, Keller Fossil Ridge and Keller Central.
Richland, Keller, Keller Timber Creek and Haltom follow.