Magazine slots four for playoffs
The release of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football should have a lot of Wise County football fans eagerly anticipating the start of the season.
The annual statewide magazine predicts that more than half of the county’s teams will be in the postseason.
Decatur, Bridgeport, Boyd and Northwest are selected to finish in the top four of their districts.
Bridgeport grabbed the third and final spot out of District 9-3A last year, but the UIL will add a fourth team to the postseason in Class 2A and 3A beginning this season. The magazine predicted Decatur to finish third while the Bulls are slotted for fourth. Gainesville is picked to repeat as district champions, finishing just ahead of Krum.
Bridgeport’s Wyatt Day was chosen as the league’s preseason defensive MVP after 115 tackles in 2012.
Decatur quarterback Grayson Muehlstein is back as the district’s leading passer with 1,444 yards, and Cain Lowe returns as the league’s leading receiver with 542 yards.
After advancing to the area round in his inaugural season at Boyd, head coach Brandon Hopkins and the Yellowjackets are predicted to finish third in District 5-2A Division I, behind Whitesboro and Pilot Point. Bowie is tabbed as the fourth place team.
Under new head coach Scott Broussard, the Paradise Panthers are on the outside looking in. They are predicted to finish sixth, one spot behind Callisburg and ahead of Ponder.
The Northwest Texans are picked to repeat their second-place finish from 2012, just behind Southlake Carroll. Northwest got a taste of the postseason last year and should be hungry for more with numerous starters returning on each side of the ball. Keller Central and Keller are chosen to follow as the other two playoff teams out of District 4-5A.
Alvord is rated sixth in District 5-2A Division II. Jacksboro, Holliday, Nocona and City View are the projected playoff teams with Henrietta to finish fifth.
Joe Randall returns as the district’s leading rusher with 1,085 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2012.
With six wins a year ago, the Chico Dragons still missed out on the playoffs. This season they are picked fourth, which would once again leave them out of the postseason.
Lindsay, Collinsville and Valley View are slotted as the top three while Blue Ridge and Trenton are picked to finish fifth and sixth respectively.
Matt Carter returns as the league’s top receiving threat after 796 receiving yards in 2012. He also picked off six passes defensively.