Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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June 18, 2013

GC FOOTBALL: Texas Football ranks Golden Circle teams

It’s not an official holiday, but it’s a red-letter day for every Texas football fan when Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine is released.

The magazine, which previews the NFL, college football and every high school football district in the state, predicts another big year for Mildred, a district title for Hubbard, and lists Corsicana’s Devontay Bell as one of the top quarterbacks in Texas.

Bell, who started at QB as a sophomore and then missed most of last season with a torn ACL, is back calling signals for Corsicana and he starts the new season ranked as one of the top 30 quarterbacks in Texas by Texas Football.

“He’s a good one,’’ Corsicana’s new coach Steve Hoffman said. “He will be a big part of what we do.’’

Bell is spending part of this week at a football camp at Texas Tech, and he has been playing 7-on-7 football for the Tigers this summer. He could be the catalyst for a big season for the Tigers.

The Tigers, who went 4-7 last year, are picked to make the playoffs by Texas Football, but they will be playing in District 16-4A, which is loaded and includes two top 10 teams. Texas Football ranks district rival Whitehouse as the No. 6 team in Class 4A and ranks district rival Tyler John Tyler No. 9 in the state.

The Tigers play at Tyler, but they get Whitehouse at home in what should be two of the biggest games of the season.

Mildred, which played for the state title, is picked to win the Region II title in Class 2A Division II and reach the state semifinals.

 The Eagles, who went 13-2 last year, start the season ranked No. 10 in Texas Football’s Class 2A Division II state poll, and were named the top Class 2A team in the DFW Metroplex area.

“Can I take that right now and not play the season,’’ joked new Mildred coach Billy Dan Chambliess, who was the team’s defensive coordinator last year? “Can we go right to the semifinals? I’ll take it right now.’’

Chambliess knows he has to replace one of the best quartebacks in Texas in Nic Shimonek, who is on his way to Iowa, and a number of linemen, including Noah Pennell, who had a monster game on Saturday in the FCA Victory Bowl.

“This is kind of an honor,’’ Chambliess said of the ranking by the magazine. “It’s because of what we’ve done the last couple of years. They think that highly of the program.’’

The magazine picked Mildred to win the District 6-2A Division II title.

Mildred running back Draylon Sterling, who rushed for 1,959 yards and scored 34 touchdowns for the Eagles last year, the preseason Offensive MVP of the district. Blooming Grove linebacker Travis Whiteside was the magazine’s choice for preseason Defensive MVP of District 6-2A Division II. Blooming Grove was picked to finish third and Rice was predicted to finish seventh in the district.

Hubbard begins the year ranked No. 9 in the Texas Football Class 1A Division II state poll. The Jags are picked to win District 9-1A Division II.

The magazine named Hubbard running back Trey Henderson, who rushed for 1,390 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, as the Preseason MVP for District 9-1A.

Frost is picked to finish second in District 9-1A Division II, and the magazine named Frost as the top 1A team n the DFW Metroplex area.

The magazine predicts Wortham to finish third in the district and Dawson to finish fifth.

Kerens quarterback Nate Betts was named the Preseason MVP for District 6-1A Division I.

Betts threw for 1,022 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and he ran for 1,288 yards and 12 TDs. The Bobcats were picked to finish second in the district behind Italy.

 

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