It seems like a decade since Katy and Galena Park North Shore were crowned the state champions in Texas 6A football. Since then we have been through realignment, recruiting season, national signing day, spring ball, 7 on 7 season and the dog days of summer. 6A football fans have bided their time fishing, golfing, doing yard work and talking about the upcoming 2016 football season. You know the season is getting close when Dave Campbell’s Texas High School Football magazine comes out in June. Unfortunately, as close as the season is when Dave Campbell’s annual version of the football bible comes out, it is still an unmerciful long time till the start of the football season.
Patience does pay off though. Last week teams had their first scrimmages and this Thursday we will witness the first games of the 2016 season. KrunkDaddy is ready. He is posting his Pre-Season Prediction Tour. It has KrunkDaddy’s forecasted winners of each district, who will play who in Division I and Division II of the playoffs and who will win the state championships. He has his KrunkDaddy Top 10 that he will be revising weekly. He has a desk full of notes to share on Random Thoughts and Observations. Yes, KrunkDaddy is as happy as a hog in slop and as excited as a freshman who has a date with the homecoming queen about the upcoming season.
Here is a look at “KrunkDaddy’s Top 5 games of the Week” for week #1.
Game #5 Plano East Panthers (6-6A) vs. Duncanville Panthers (7-6A) This game is probably a bit of an eye opener for most fans. With a lot of top-notch teams coming into the state to play Texas’ best how can two un-ranked teams like Plano East and Duncanville playing each other on opening weekend be a featured match up for KrunkDaddy. Talent, Coaching and a possible rematch in the playoffs for these two teams are the reasons why this game is worth the price of admission. The talent on these teams will have college recruiters from across the nation attending this game. This game will also feature Coach Samples at Duncanville as he is in his 3rd year of building up the Panther’s program. Lastly, These 2 teams could end up facing one another in second round of the playoffs. Those are reasons enough to attend this game.
Game #4 Spring Westfield Mustangs (16-6A) vs. Houston Lamar Texans (18-6A) This is a matchup between two of the Greater Houston Area’s top teams. Year in and Year out, you can count on the Mustangs and the Texans to be district champions and to make deep runs in the playoffs. This year is no different. This will be a game that will have a playoff feel to it.
Game #3 Katy Tigers (19-6A) vs. Austin Westlake Chaparrals (25-6A) This game features the reigning 2015 DII 6A state champion Katy Tigers vs. the 2015 DI state finalist Austin Westlake Chaparrals. It also features two of Texas High School Football coaching legends in Gary Joseph of Katy and Todd Dodge of Westlake. These two coaches have taken their teams to more state championship games than Carter has little pills. As if that is not enough, this game features the always tough Katy defense vs. the top returning quarterback in the state, Sam Ehlinger. The real amazing thing about this game is Katy found a bus driver who knows how to drive out of the GHA. This game is in Austin. Unbelievable.
Game #2 Las Vegas Bishop Gorman (Nevada) Gaels vs. Cedar Hill Longhorns This contest will have more talent on the field than any other game in the country. There are players that have already committed to Ohio St., Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Arizona St., Oklahoma and Colorado playing in this game. Look for recruiters from L.S.U., Alabama, Texas, Auburn, T.C.U., Okla. St., Nebraska, U.S.C., Stanford, U.C.L.A. and Michigan to be in the stands watching the recruits that have not committed in this game. Bishop Gorman and Cedar Hill are also two teams that are ranked in the top 10 in several national polls and this will be a nationally televised game on ESPN but it is not KrunkDaddy’s #1 game in the state for week #1.
KrunkDaddy’s “Game of the Week – Week #1” Converse Judson Rockets (27-6A) vs. Lake Travis Cavaliers (25-6A) The U.I.L. shocked the 6A football world during realignment last spring when they moved 2015 6A state finalists, Austin Westlake and Lake Travis from Region II to Region IV. Not only did the Chaparrals and the Cavaliers move to Region IV, they were placed in a district that guaranteed that Westlake and Lake Travis would play in the DI bracket of the playoffs. That means that one of these teams will most assuredly be playing Converse Judson in the second round of the playoffs. This game is going to have a high level playoff feel about it. Both of these teams are Top 10 teams in the state. You can bet that even though this game is a non-district game that the coaches & players from both teams will be treating it as a do or die playoff scenario. The stands will be rocking in Lake Travis when Judson comes to town on Friday night. Be there if you can.