WEEK #1 – The 2016 Season Is About to Begin. Hallelujah

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.

KrunkDaddy Pre-Season Prediction Tour – District 11-6A East Texas

District 11-6A

District 11-6A was affected by realignment more than any other Region II district.  The district is still made up of the Mesquite I.S.D. teams, the Rockwall I.S.D. teams and Tyler Lee.  Where the shakeup comes is with the entrance of three 5A schools that have moved up to 6A.  Actually, District 11-6A has three 5A Powerhouse programs that have moved up to 6-A.  Rockwall Heath which was a 5A area finalist last year, Tyler John Tyler which was a 5A area finalist last year and Longview which was a 5A regional finalist last year has joined Mesquite Horn which made it to 6A Bi-district play last year, North Mesquite which was a 6A regional semifinalist and Rockwall which was a 6A regional finalist in the playoffs.  Add to these playoff teams Mesquite High and Tyler Lee which are two tough programs and you have one tough district to play in.  As a matter of fact, KrunkDaddy feels that 11-6A is the toughest district in all of Region II.  There are going to be at least 3 schools that will be watching the playoffs that probably would be playing if they were any other district in the Region.

District Champs                                                 Rockwall YellowJackets (2,424)

District Team to Watch Out For is the          Mesquite Horn (2,321)

District MVP                                                       QB Chris Robinson, Mesquite Horn

Top Recruits       QB Chris Robinson (Mesquite Horn), WR Damion Miller (Tyler John Tyler), DB Javontavious Mosley (Tyler John Tyler), DB Makyle Sanders (Tyler Lee), DB Travion Webster (Longview) and WR Sam Crawford (Rockwall)

The team to beat in this district appears to be Rockwall High.  The YellowJackets are a proven football program with one of the best coaches in the state in Rodney Webb.  Coach Webb is a great motivator that gets the absolute most out of the talent he has.   His players are bought in 100% and they will do whatever it takes to win for Rockwall High.  It’s not like Rockwall is devoid of talent.  There are 10 starters returning from last year’s regional finalist team and the J.V. teams are loaded with top notch talent.  With this combination of great coaching, leadership and talent, there is no doubt that Rockwall will be district champs and the top seeded DI team from the district in the playoffs.

The other DI playoff team from 11-6A will be North Mesquite.  The Stallions return 13 starters from a regional 2015 semifinalist playoff team.  Leading these 13 returning starters is QB JaQuez Gooch.  Gooch is a three year starter that does it all for the Stallions.  He is joined by RB Deshawn Minnieweather and WR Donte Howell.  These three playmakers will make North Mesquite an offensive juggernaut and a tough team to beat.

The top seeded DII playoff team from 11-6A will be Mesquite Horn.  The Jaguars are led by QB Chris Robinson.  Robinson is a 4-star recruit that is committed to Oklahoma.  Robinson is a big time playmaker and he is a team leader.  He is the type of player that can put a team on his back and carry them far into the playoffs.  Look for the Jaguars to be a scary good team come playoff time with Chris Robinson under center.

The last playoff team will come from a pack of very good teams.  Mesquite High, Tyler John Tyler and Longview will have to fight it out for the final playoff spot in the district.  The Longview Lobos have a rich football tradition and they were a Region II finalist team last year in 5A.  Unfortunately, only 4 starters return from last year’s team.  Mesquite just barely missed out on the playoffs last year and they return 11 starters from last year’s team.   The Skeeters are hungry to get into the playoffs but they have a questionable defense.  The team that seems to have the right combination of talent, experience and motivation is the Tyler John Tyler Lions.  John Tyler returns 14 starters from last year’s playoff team.  They are loaded with talent with 4-star WR Damion Miller leading the talent corp.  Coach Ricklan Holmes is an excellent coach that will have the Lions up for district competition.  KrunkDaddy feels that John Tyler will edge out Longview and Mesquite High for the final DII playoff spot.  That means that the Lobos and the Skeeters will be on the outside looking in come the playoffs but that is the way it is in a tough district like 11-6A.

 

KrunkDaddy Pre-Season Prediction Tour – Northeast Dallas

District 10-6A

 The seven teams from the Garland I.S.D. will make up District 10-6A.  This district has some very explosive teams.  Sachse with QB Jalen Mayden leading the way will be a dangerous team.   Mayden is only a junior but he had a fantastic year as a first year starter last year.  He is a legitimate big time recruit for 2018.

As good as Mayden is, he will not be able to dethrone Rowlett as district champs.  The Eagles were regional semifinalists last year.  With 12 returning starters from last years team, Rowlett is hungry to go farther in the playoffs this year.  October 21st will be a date that KrunkDaddy football fans will want to circle on their calendar.  Sachse will play Rowlett in district play.  The winner of this game will be the district champs.

District Champs                                                 Rowlett Eagles (2,711)

District Team to Watch Out For is the          North Garland Raiders (2,681)

District MVP                                                       Jalen Mayden (Jr.), Sachse Mustangs

Top Recruits                       CB  Nick Alexander (Sachse), RB  Kobe Morrow (Rowlett), DE Nehemiah Lewis (Naaman Forest), QB Kamron Fields (Lakeview Centennial) and WR Shamond Greenwood (Lakeview Centennial)

Not only will the Sachse – Rowlett game decide who will be the district champs, this game will decide who will be the Division I playoff top seed from district 10-6A.  That is huge because neither one of these teams are going to want to play at either Coppell or Dallas Skyline in the playoffs.  As stated above, KrunkDaddy feels that Rowlett will be the district champs.  The Eagles have a very good running back in Kobe Morrow.  Morrow will have to carry the load early as Rowlett breaks in a new QB.  Coach Stephens will find a way to make it work because his defense will be salty.  Led by DE Colby Lewis, the eagles will be able to shut down opposing offenses and get the ball back into Kobe Morrow’s hands.

Sachse has more than District MVP Jalen Mayden to rely on.  Look for wide receivers Nate Shelton and Drue Jackson to have big years.  The Mustangs defense will be led by DT Tony Krasnigi, DE Zach Gibson and CB Nick Alexander.  Sachse has the talent to be scary good come playoff time.

The Division II top seed will fall Garland Lakeview Centennial.  The Patriots will be led by QB Kamron Fields on offense.  Fields will put up big passing numbers with Shamrod Greenwood to throw to.  Greenwood is a top notch playmaker that has the size and hands to be a top recruit.  The Patriots have been on a playoff drought the past few seasons but with Fields and Greenwood leading the way, look for Centennial to make the playoffs as the top seeded Division I team from 10-6A.

The other Division I team will be North Garland.  Coach Castillo has been rebuilding the North Garland program and KrunkDaddy feels that this year’s Raider team will be playoff bound.  Coach Castillo has 30 returning seniors that are hungry to taste the playoffs and KrunkDaddy feels that Coach Castillo and his seniors will put it all together and be the lower seeded Division II playoff team from 10-6A.

 

KrunkDaddy Pre-Season Prediction Tour – District 9-6A Dallas

Now its time to see how things will play out in Region II.  There were a lot of changes to the region.  Longview, Lufkin, Tyler John Tyler and Rockwall Heath move up from 5A to challenge in their respective districts.  6A finalists Austin Westlake and Lake Travis have been moved to Region IV.  Coppell has been moved from Region I to Region II.  Yes there have been some big time changes to the region.  Lets start in District 9-6A to see how things will play out in the region.

DISTRICT 9-6A

District 9-6A did fruit basket turnover from last year.  Only Dallas W.T. White, Dallas Jesuit and Dallas Skyline remain from last year’s district.  Out went the Irving I.S.D. teams, Dallas Sunset and Dallas Turner.   In come the Richardson I.S.D. teams.  Dallas Lake Highlands, Richardson Pearce, Richardson High and Richardson Berkner will definitely raise the level of competition but the real top dog newcomer.  Coppell has moved over to District 9-6A. Coppell is not only new to the district; the Cowboys are new to Region II.

Coppell is an excellent program that has a young team that is on the rise.  With some of the other changes to Region II, Coppell comes in as a region powerhouse.  Look for the Cowboys to make some noise come playoff time.

District Champs                                                 Dallas Jesuit Rangers (2,214)

District Team to Watch Out For                     Coppell Cowboys (3,645)

District MVP                                                       QB  Jacob Palisch, Dallas Jesuit Rangers

Top Recruits                       RB Joe Fex (Coppell), QB Jacob Palisch (Dallas Jesuit), ATH Jalen Spencer (Dallas Skyline) and DT Armony Ellis (Dallas Skyline)

Coppell is a young team.  They return only 9 starters from last year’s playoff team but Coppell has some big time talent.  Junior QB Brady McBride and Soph. RB T.J. McDaniel will make some big plays on offense.  They will be joined by senior RB Joe Fex to give the Cowboys an explosive offense.  Defense will be led by OLB Eric Loop.  As much talent as the Cowboys have, they have to find some leadership both on and off the field.  Last year’s team was mired with locker room fights, finger pointing and back stabbing.  Parents became involved and the grumbling got way out of hand.  If Coach Dewitt can keep everyone working together and focused then the Cowboys will be the DI top seed from 9-6A.

Coppell had better keep their heads on straight and remain focused because Dallas Skyline will gladly take that top seed away from the Cowboys.  Skyline has always been talent factory and this year is no different.  The Raiders only return 5 starters from last year’s team but they have a wealth of underclassmen ready to step up and play.  Leadership on defense will come from ATH Jalen Spencer and DT Armony Ellis.  Both Spencer and Ellis have multiple offers from college programs.  The Raiders will be led on offense by senior QB Terreon Randolph.  Randolph has all the tools to make the Raider offense run like a machine.  Even though Skyline will be young they will be a tough team to beat.

As good a Coppell and Skyline will be, they are not the team to beat in 9-6A.  Dallas Jesuit is the top dog in the district and will be the 9-6A champs.  Led by QB Jacob Palisch, the Rangers will have an offense that will be very hard to stop.  Palisch is a top notch quarterback and he has the offensive line and wide receivers to help make the Rangers an offensive juggernaut.  Jesuit is the returning district champs and they went two rounds deep in last year’s playoffs.  They are hungry to go deeper in the playoffs this year.  The Rangers will be the top seeded team from 9-6A in Division II this year.

The final playoff team from 9-6A is Dallas Lake Highlands.  The Wildcats have only 7 starters returning from last year’s playoff team but they have the talent to beat the rest of the district to make the playoffs this year.  Look for fireplug RB Ja’Lynn Sidney to have a big year while leading the Longhorns to the lower seeded Division II playoff team from the district.

KrunkDaddy Pre-Season Prediction Tour – REGION I Playoff Predictions and Week 1 Rankings

REGION I

Well KrunkDaddy Football fans, Region I district predictions are complete.  Now it is time to project who will be the Region Champs from Region I in DI an DII. KrunkDaddy has put together a list of all of the Bi-District playoff games from his projected playoff teams from each district.  The Winners from each district will be the home team in the first round of the playoffs.  There are some intriguing first round match ups.  The Arlington Colts traveling to Abilene to play Abilene High is a great opening round game.  So is the Hewitt Midway game vs. DeSoto but the top first round game of the playoffs in Region I has to be Euless Trinity traveling to Denton to play Denton Guyer.  There is going to be some big time fireworks in Denton if the this game comes to fruition.

The Region MVP was a tough call.  It came down to two quarterbacks.  Mitchel Jonke at Allen is going to have a great year.  You can bank on that.  He is a talented QB and he is a leader.  The path that Allen will travel through Division I is not as tough as what KrunkDaddy’s Division II champion will face.  Cedar Hill will probably have to face Southlake Carroll in the second round of the playoffs, then the Arlington Colts in the Region Semifinals.  The DII Region I finals will be Euless Trinity vs. Cedar Hill.  That is if Trinity gets by Denton Guyer, DeSoto and Mansfield or Amarillo Tascosa.  The Region I Division II playoff teams are really salty.  That is the reason that KrunkDaddy chose QB Avery Davis of Cedar Hill as the Region I MVP.  If Avery Davis can lead the Longhorns through this tough series of playoff games then he deserves to by MVP.

Region I Projected Bi-District Playoff Games

Division I

1-6A Winner vs. 2-6A Runner Up               El Paso El Dorado Aztecs vs. Midland Bulldogs

3-6A Winner vs. 4-6A Runner Up               Keller Fossil Ridge Panthers vs. Arlington Lamar Vikings

5-6A Winner vs. 6-6A Runner Up               Hebron Hawks vs. Plano East Panthers

7-6A Winner vs. 8-6A Runner Up               Duncanville Panthers vs. Killeen Ellison Eagles

 

2-6A Winner vs. 1-6A Runner Up               San Angelo Central Bobcats vs. El Paso Socorro Bulldogs

4-6A Winner vs. 3-6A Runner Up               Arlington Martin Warriors vs. Weatherford Kangaroos

6-6A Winner vs. 5-6A Runner Up               Allen Eagles vs. Lewisville Farmers

8-6A Winner vs. 7-6A Runner Up               Belton Tigers vs. South Grand Prairie Warriors

Division I Finals                  Keller Fossil Ridge Panthers vs. Allen Eagles

Division I Champions         Allen Eagles

 

Division II

1-6A Winner vs. 2-6A Runner Up               El Paso Americas Trailblazers vs. Wolfforth Frenship Tigers

3-6A Winner vs. 4-6A Runner Up               Abilene Eagles vs. Arlington Colts

5-6A Winner vs. 6-6A Runner Up               Southlake Carroll Dragons vs. Wylie Pirates

7-6A Winner vs. 8-6A Runner Up               Cedar Hill Longhorns vs. Copperas Cove Bulldawgs

2-6A Winner vs. 1-6A Runner Up               Amarillo Tascosa Rebels vs. Eastwood Troopers

4-6A Winner vs. 3-6A Runner Up               Mansfield Tigers vs. Keller Central Chargers

6-6A Winner vs. 5-6A Runner Up               Denton Guyer Wildcats vs. Euless Trinity Trojans

8-6A Winner vs. 7-6A Runner Up               Hewitt Midway Panthers vs. DeSoto Eagles

 

Division II Finals                               Cedar Hill Longhorns vs. Euless Trinity Trojans

Division II Finals                                Cedar Hill Longhorns

Region I MVP                     QB Avery Davis, Cedar Hill Longhorns

Division I Top 10 Rankings Week 1

The Week 1 Top 10 Rankings from Region I has a ten very good teams.  Cedar Hill is the #1 team followed closely by Allen.  Then you have the likes of Southlake Carroll, Euless Trinity, DeSoto, San Angelo Central and Mansfield.  The teams that were left off the Top 10 list from Region I are awesome.  Amarillo Tascoso, Arlington High, S. Grand Prairie and  Duncanville are all going to be very good teams.

  1. Cedar Hill Longhorns 7-6A
  2. Allen Eagles 6-6A
  3. Southlake Carroll Dragons 5-6A
  4. Euless Trinity Trojans 5-6A
  5. DeSoto Eagles 7-6A
  6. San Angelo Central Bobcats 2-6A
  7. Mansfield Tigers 4-6A
  8. Denton Guyer Wildcats 6-6A
  9. Arlington Martin Warriors 4-6A
  10. Hewitt Midway Panthers 8-6A

Top Recruits from Region I           RB  Abram Smith (Abilene H.S.), RB Kennedy Brooks (Mansfield),  WR Tyrell Shavers (Lewisville),  DB Robert Barnes (S.L. Carroll),  CB Matt Hankins (F.M. Marcus), OG Manase Mose (Trinity),  OG Will Sherman (Allen),  LB Anthony Hines (Plano East), OG Tyrese Tobinson (McKinney Boyd),   LB Mohamed Sanogo (Plano West),  S Jeffery Okudah (S. Grand Prairie) and a group of starters from Cedar Hill H.S. and DeSoto H.S. that is too long to list.

 

KrunkDaddy Pre-Season Prediction Tour – 8-6A Central Texas

District 8-6A

The U.I.L. has brought Central Texas teams from Waco, Copperas Cove, Belton and Killeen back to Region I.  Waco Midway is the top dog in the district and will be the Division II top seed.  That sounds great but it is really not.  That top seed gets Midway a chance to play either Cedar Hill or DeSoto at home in Waco. Welcome back to Region I.

District Champs                                                 Waco Hewitt Midway Panthers (2,410)

District Team to Watch Out For is the           Killeen Ellison Eagles (2,842)

District MVP                                                        Peyton Mansell, Belton Tigers

Top Recruits                       QB Peyton Mansell (Belton),RB  Davion Peoples (Belton), ATH Carl Robinson III (Killeen Ellison), OT Khalil Corbett-Canada (Harker Heights) and DB Leondrae Robinson (Hewitt Midway)

The biggest change in the district came when Hewitt Midway’s (2,410) head coach, Terry Gambill; left to become Allen’s head coach.  Normally this would be devastating to a program to lose such a successful and talented coach.  That is not the case though for the Panthers because Midway went out and got Jeff Hulme to leave Mansfield to take over the program.  Jeff Hulme did a marvelous job building the program at Mansfield.  Coach Hulme went up against the likes of Cedar Hill, DeSoto and S.Grand Prairie in district play year in and year out.  Last year his Mansfield team shocked the Texas Football world by going undefeated in district play and then went to the DII semifinals before losing to Lake Travis.  Now Coach Hulme takes over a Midway team that only has 6 starter returning.  Fortunately, there is enough talent in Waco for the Panthers to reload.  With Coach Hulme leading the way, look for Hewitt Midway to win the district championship and be the top DII Bracket seed in the playoffs.

The only threat to Midway for the District championship is Coach Bob Shipley’s Belton Tigers (3,197).  Coach Shipley is a wily veteran of Texas High School football and he has an experienced and talented team.  The Tigers have 8 starters returning on an offense that set school records last year.  Look for returning QB Peyton Mansell and RB Davion Peoples to have another successful season.  The defense isn’t lacking either with 6 starters back from last year.  Belton will be the DI bracket top seed from 8-6A.  That leaves a three team shoot out between Copperas Cove, Killeen Shoemaker and Killeen Ellison for the final two playoff spots.  Krunk Daddy feels that Copperas Cove (2,230) will be the lower seeded DII bracket team in the playoffs.  The Bulldawgs are led by head coach Jack Welch.  Coach Welch is entering his 22nd year at Copperas Cove.  He has his work cut out for him this year with only 4 returning starters on both offense and defense.  Coach Welch has been in this position before and KrunkDaddy feels his experience and leadership will make the BullDawgs a playoff team.  The final playoff spot will be determined when Killeen Ellison(2,842) plays Killeen Shoemaker (2,434) on September 23rd.  Shoemaker has been to playoffs for the four years in a row.  They have a potent offense returning but the defense was gutted by graduation.  The Grey Wolves have a new head coach in Coach Johnnie Fair.  Coach Fair is considered a defensive guru and he will need to be if his Grey Wolves are to beat Ellison.  Ellison also has an experienced and explosive team with 9 starters returning on offense.  The Eagles also have 6 starters returning on defense making Ellison the most experienced team in the district.  Head Coach Trent Gregory has been rebuilding the Ellison program over the past few years and this should be the year that the Eagles make the playoffs.  His Eagles are too experienced and hungry.  Look for the Ellison Eagles to beat Shoemaker to become the lower seeded DI Bracket team in the playoffs from 8-6A.

 

KrunkDaddy Pre-Season Prediction Tour – 7-6A Southern DFW

District 7-6A

Outside of OMG Academy in Florida, there is not a more concentrated area of football talent in the nation than the I-20 corridor in South Dallas County which happens to run right through District 7-6A.  At least the schools in 7-6A has homegrown talent.  None of the players are recruited to play for the schools in 7-6A like OMG Academy recruits their teams.  Well maybe with the exception of Shawn Robinson at DeSoto who left Denton Guyer to follow his mom to DeSoto.  Then there is Duncanville who’s starting QB was a starter for DeSoto 2 years ago.  Now that you think about it, Cedar Hill’s 3-star running back Kaegun Williams was once a starter at Stephenville H.S.  Hmmm.  Maybe OMG Academy needs to visit DeSoto, Duncanville and Cedar Hill to learn a few tricks about how to get players to transfer to Florida.  If you look at things a little closer, the average fan will see that there is so much talent in this district that if given an opportunity to move in and play for a team in District 7-6A, any respectable teenager would.  7-6A is loaded.  KrunkDaddy counts no less than 20 3-star and 4-star recruits in 7-6A.  This is not including Jeffery Okudah who is a 5-star recruit and the #3 recruit in the whole state of Texas.

District Champs                                                 Cedar Hill Longhorns

District Team to Watch Out For is the           Duncanville Panthers

District MVP                                                       QB Avery Davis, Cedar Hill Longhorns

Top Recruits                       S Jeffery Okudah (S. Grand Prairie), S Atanza Vongor (S. Grand Prairie), QB Jaylin Nelson (Duncanville) and just about every starter on Cedar Hill’s and Desoto’s squads.

The team with the most talent is Cedar Hill.  Coach Joey McGuire’s Longhorns are as talented as any team in the country.  Led by 4-star QB Avery Davis, Cedar Hill should play deep into the playoffs.  Coach McGuire took the Longhorn’s to 3 state championship games winning two before bowing out of the playoffs in the opening round last year.  This year’s team which has 16 returning starters is hungry to get back to the championship game.  There is no reason to believe they won’t be there in the DII championship game.

Look for DeSoto to be the other DII bracket representative in the playoffs from 7-6A.  The Eagles had a down year last year.  They have had a full year under new coach Todd Peterman’s program and the rumor is the old DeSoto swagger and attitude is back.  Add to this team 4-star QB Shawn Robinson, who transferred from Denton Guyer and you have an explosive offensive team.  The fact that DeSoto has to play at Cedar Hill, at Duncanville and at S. Grand Prairie is the main reason that the Eagles are not considered the favorite to be 7-6A champion.

 

Duncanville should be the district’s top seed in the DI Bracket of the playoffs.  This is Coach Reginald Sample’s 3rd season at Duncanville after moving over from Dallas Skyline.  The Panthers have QB Jaylin Nelson leading an offense that returns 7 starters.  Coach Samples is expecting big things from this year’s team and KrunkDaddy feels that he will not be disappointed.  His players are totally bought in on what he is doing at Duncanville and they are hungry to get him back into the playoffs.  Duncanville has the most favorable schedule in the district.  They get Cedar Hill, DeSoto and S. Grand Prairie at home this year.  Don’t be surprised if Duncanville does what Mansfield did last year and runs the table to win the district championship.

The last playoff team should be S. Grand Prairie.  Coach Brent Whitson has quietly built S. Grand Prairie into one of the most successful programs in Region I.  The Warriors are a tough, hard-nosed team that plays hard on every down.  They are also very talented.  They will be a tough out in the DI bracket of the playoffs.

KrunkDaddy Pre-Season Prediction Tour – District 6-6A Northern DFW

District 6-6A

The top dog in district 6-6A is definitely Allen High School.  With 6,380 students enrolled at Allen, the Eagles should be one of the premier football programs in the state.  Allen should not get the big head though because the district is loaded with talented teams.   Joining Allen as district playoff contenders are Denton Guyer (2,475) who made it to the DII Region I semifinals last year, Plano East who is loaded with talent, McKinney Boyd (2,846) who barely lost out of playing in the playoffs last year and Wylie (2,231) which moves up in class after making it to Region I DI semifinals last year in 5A.

District Champs                                                 Allen Eagles (6,380)

District team to watch out for is the             Wylie Pirates (2,231)

District MVP                                                       Mitchell Jonke, Allen Eagles

Top Recruits                       OG Will Sherman (Allen), OG Tyrese Tobinson (McKinney Boyd), LB Anthony Hines (Plano East), DT Deionte Watts (Plano East) and LB Mohamed Sanogo (Plano West)

Last year, Allen (6,380) saw its 56 game winning streak broken in semifinals of the playoffs.  All good things must come to an end.  Not to Allen and its fans.  The Eagles are determined to start another long winning streak and reclaim the DI state championship which they feel belongs in Allen.  The Eagles have the talent to make that claim.  Starting with starting QB Mitchell Jonke, the Eagles have the leader they need to run their potent offense.  Look for Jonke to have a break out year for the Eagles.  Jonke is joined by underclassmen RB Kirby Bennett and WR Jevon Johns who will make the Eagles offense as explosive as years past.  The defense will be young with only 3 starters returning but there is a ton of talent coming up from J.V.  By the time the playoffs roll around look for Allen’s defense to be salty.  The only change that might pose a threat to Allen reclaiming the state championship is the change in coaching.  Tom Westerberg surprisingly left Allen to coach 5A Barbers Hill.  Westerberg had built a dynasty at Allen.  It is going to take a top notch coach to carry on where Westerberg left off.  Allen feels that they found a coach that will carry on the tradition of winning in former Waco Midway head coach Terry Gambill.  Coach Gambill is a protégé of Westerberg serving as defensive coordinator for Allen when the Eagles won their first of 4 state championships in 2008.  Coach Gambill is an excellent coach but you have to wonder how the team will react to him as the new head coach.  KrunkDaddy feels that after some early jitters, Coach Gambill will have the Eagles rolling come playoff time.  Look for Allen to roll.

KrunkDaddy thinks that the lower seeded DI bracket playoff team will be Plano East (5,329).  The Panthers are too talented especially on defense.  Led by 4-star linebacker Anthony Hines, Plano East is going to be a tough out in the playoffs.  The top seeded DII team will be Denton Guyer.  Guyer returns 8 offensive starters from last year’s playoff team.  Look for Soph. Noah Cain to be the top dog on offense.  The offense took a big loss when 4-star QB Shawn Robinson transferred to DeSoto but  Junior Luke Stillwell should fill the QB spot without any drop off from last year.  The last playoff spot will be filled by KrunkDaddy’s watch out team from the district.  The Wylie Pirates (2,231) will continue to roll after a big year last year in 5A.  The Pirates return 6 offensive and 6 defensive starters from last year’s team.  Leading the Wylie offense is QB Emilio Ames.  Ames will be joined by Soph. Ollie Donovan who will probably be the district’s newcomer of the year.  The Pirates defense will also be very good.  This experience gives Wylie the edge over a good but inexperienced McKinney Boyd team.

Krunkdaddy Pre-Season Prediction Tour – District 5-6A Central DFW

District 5-6A

District 5-6A is a combination of the old 7-6A powerhouse teams of Southlake Carroll and Euless Trinity with the Lewisville I.S.D. teams from the old 8-6A district and Trophy Club Byron Nelson HS.  Needless to say Lewisville, Flower Mound, Flower Mound Marcus and Hebron are happy to get away from playing Allen but they can’t be too happy about facing Trinity or Carroll.

Once again, the Trojans and the Dragons will be the top teams in their district. District 5-6A is loaded with potential upsets and surprises.  This will be one of the most entertaining districts in all of Texas.

District Champs                                             Southlake Carroll Dragons(2691.5)

District Team to Watch Out For is the      Lewisville Farmers (4,379)

District MVP                                                   DB Robert Barnes, Southlake Carroll

Top Recruits                       WR Tyrell Shavers (Lewisville), DB Robert Barnes (S.L. Carroll), OT Carson Greer (S.L. Carroll), DE Brandon Bascue (Flower Mound), CB Matt Hankins (F.M. Marcus), OG Manase Mose (Trinity) and CB John Davis (Trinity)

This new district is loaded with talented teams from top to bottom.  The best of all the teams should be S.L. Carroll (2691.5).  The Dragons return 9 starters on defense including District MVP Robert Barnes.  It is unusual to think of defense as the strength of a Southlake Carroll team but the Dragons are loaded on the defensive side of the ball.  Don’t underestimate Southlake on Offense though.  QB Mason Holmes and an experienced offensive line return from last years playoff team to provide the firepower to score a lot of points.

Trinity (3,378) does not return a lot of starters from last years district champion team but they have a ton of talent coming up from Junior Varsity.  Even though Trinity has only 7 starters returning, the Trojans will reload.  The Offensive and Defensive lines are traditionally the strength of Trinity’s teams but look for the Wide Receivers and Defensive Backs to be playmakers for Trinity this year.  The 5-6A championship will be determined on September 30th when the Trojans play the Dragons at Southlake.  This will be a GREAT game but the Dragon’s defense and home field advantage will be the difference in this game.  Southlake will be the District Champs and will be the top seed in the DII Bracket of the playoffs with Trinity being the lower seed in the DII Bracket.  That’s right!  Trinity will be playing in the DII Bracket in the playoffs this year.

The reason that Trinity will be in the DII bracket is because Hebron (3,454) and Lewisville (4,379) will be in the DI Bracket of the playoffs.  Hebron has some dynamic playmaking underclassmen that will have the Hawks playing as the top seeded DI playoff team from district 5-6A.  Look for Junior QB Clayton Tune and Soph. Athlete Trajen Bridges to join Senior RB Derian Vaughn on an explosive offense for the Hawks.  Come the playoffs, the Hawks will be a tough team to beat.  Hebron will be joined by KrunkDaddy’s surprise team from District 5-6A.  The Farmer’s from Lewisville (4,379) will make the playoffs and will be the other DI bracket team from 5-6A.  The Farmer’s have a big and experienced offensive line returning and they also have one of the most exciting wide receivers in the state in Tyrell Shavers.  Shavers is 6’ 6” tall, has blazing speed and catches everything thrown within 6 feet of him.  He is unstoppable.  With Shavers leading the offense and a favorable schedule against L.D. Bell, Flower Mound and F.M. Marcus look for Lewisville to make the playoffs as the lower seed in DI bracket of the playoffs.

KrunkDaddy Pre-Season Prediction Tour – District 4-6A South Eastern Tarrant County

District 4-6A

District 4-6A is the toughest district in all of Region I.  This is nothing against Districts 2-6A, 5-6A or 8-6A but top to bottom, district 4-6A is loaded with very good football teams.

Every team has a cast of exceptional talent.  The Arlington I.S.D and Mansfield are along the I-20 corridor in the southern part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  This area is one of the most fertile recruiting grounds in all of the country.  Look for a lot of College scouts, asst. coaches and head coaches to be making appearances at games this year in Mansfield and Arlington.

District Champs                                            Mansfield Tigers (2,366)

District Team to Watch Out For is the     Arlington Colts (2,812.5)

District MVP                                                  RB Kennedy Brooks, Mansfield Tigers

Top Recruits                       RB Kennedy Brooks (Mansfield), WR Rashad Anderson (Arlington), ATH Saiid Adebo (Mansfield), WR Courtlandt Brooks (Martin), ATH Kevin Ellis (N. Crowley) and DE Trevon Mason (Sam Houston)

Realignment made an already competitive district into a meat grinder of a district.  It is conceivable that three teams from this district will be home come playoff time that would have been playing if they were any other district.  The class of the district appears to be the newcomer.  Mansfield (2,366) shocked 6A football in Texas last year by going undefeated in a district that included Cedar Hill, DeSoto and South Grand Prairie.  Mansfield lost a lot of their starters from last year’s DII Semifinalist team.  They also lost their head coach (Jeff Hulce) who left to become the head coach at Waco Midway.  In all they return only 7 starters from last year’s team but one of those starters is 4-star recruit and all state running back Kennedy Brooks.  Brooks is one of the best in the country and he will carry the Tigers to a district championship and the top seedin the DII bracket of the playoffs from 4-6A.

The top seeded DI bracket team from 4-6A will be Arlington Martin (3,364).  Led by head coach Bob Wager, the Warriors are always one of the most exciting teams to watch in all of Texas 6A football.  Coach Wager is one of the best coaches in the country.  He is very innovative and he knows how to get the absolute most out his players.  He will have his hands full this year because Martin only returns 5 starters on offense and 2 starters on defense.  Speed will be Wagers greatest asset.  The Warriors will have some real burners on the field.  They will have to be fast because the Warriors will be a small team.  Look for Coach Wager find a way to win enough games in district play to be the DI home team come playoffs.  The other DI playoff team will be Arlington Lamar (3,001.5).  Lamar lost a ton of talent from last year’s DII semifinalist team.  The Vikings return only 9 starters.  There is enough talent returning to get Lamar into the DI bracket of the playoffs.  The last playoff team from district 4-6A is the biggest threat to Mansfield for the district title.  Arlington High School (2,812.5) is an experienced team with 15 returning starters.  The Colts are very confident and very, very talented.  QB Caelan Day and WR Rashad Anderson will make a formidable duo on offense.  They are joined by RB Kenland McCrary and WR D’Montae Davis to give the Colt’s one of the best offenses in all of Region I.  Arlington’s defense will also be very good.  They will be small but they are experienced and fast.  Whether the Colt’s defense will be able to stop Kennedy Brooks on September 30th when Arlington plays Mansfield remains to be seen.