High School Football Predictions
The annual edition of Texas Football will hit the news stands on June 21st according to their website. This will be the 52nd year of the publication.
With four of the seven teams in the new district having been in the playoffs, the competition for the three playoff spots will be very serious. Lexington, Schulenburg, and Rogers return several starters, each from 2A-Division II playoff teams. Blanco went three rounds into the playoffs in 2A-Division I. Universal City Randolph missed the playoffs by one game. UCR showed a lot of speed in track this spring. Jarrell had a poor offensive season and has gotten a new coach for the fourth time in five years. Johnson City did not make the playoffs in Class A, so they have a long row to hoe.
Lexington should be picked as the #1 team for district action. Rogers will be picked second and Schulenburg third — that is my prediction of TF’s picks. UCR will be the dark horse in the district. Blanco, Johnson City and Jarrell will be in serious rebuilding programs. Blanco has a long term coach that has a program in place. Jarrell is loaded with athletes that won a state championship in baseball and were a regional finalist in basketball.
Giddings returns a lot of athletes. The best running back is Joseph Glenn, with Deon Hickey not far behind. The Buffs have a serious district grouping. Perennial power Cuero, Gonzales, LaGrange, Smithville, and Yoakum are partnered with Giddings in District 26. Prediction is that Giddings will be picked first, Cuero second, and LaGrange third, with Gonzales the dark horse. Smithville put their best effort forward last year. The Smithville coach just left and the program will be under new leadership. Yoakum is in a rebuilding program that is not quite ready for the 2012 season.
Rockdale is in District 18-AAA with Caldwell, College Station, Madisonville, Navasota, and Taylor. The Tiger offense is wide open, but they don’t have the athletes to compete with Navasota, who will be picked #1. Rockdale will be picked second, and Madisonville third. College Station is a new school competing for the first time and won’t be considered for district. Caldwell and Taylor are coming off poor seasons and there are unsettled problems in both villages.