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Frost's Ramon Manrriquez is back and that means Frost is going to be tough to beat.

Frost Dawson and Hubbard all have bye weeks this week before starting District 11-2A DII play on Oct. 11.

Just in case you haven’t noticed all three of those teams are off to a great start this season.

Dawson is 4-1 and has been taking teams apart with an explosive offense that has produced 178 points in their pre-district schedule that includes a 36-14 romp over Axtell in the season opener.

Axtell hammered Dawson in the same Thursday night opener last year,. The Bulldogs’ opening night win not only shocked Axtell but it sent a message that these Dogs can not only hunt, but they can run.

Ronnie Striplin’s offense is loaded with talent and speed and his kids play with an old-school attitude that’s built on discipline and dedication to each other.

Dawson has its eyes set for the playoffs — and a run in the postseason.

Hubbard is also 4-1 and I can’t say I’m surprised.

Russell Anderson had a talented team last year that reached the playoffs and most of those Jaguars returned as 19 starters came back for a big season, including the team’s top players and leaders — Logan Morrison, Cooper Martin, Chance Hasse, Sebastian Olvera, to name a few.

Back in August Anderson said “We’ve got a chance to be have our best team since 2015.”

Hubbard has plenty of balance and a solid defense and it’s no surprise the folks in Hubbard are pretty excited about this year’s team.

Frost is Frost again with the return of Ramon Manrriquez.

That’s as simply put as you can say it.

It’s really hard on the smaller schools when a starter leaves the lineup with an injury because it usually means you’ve lost two starters, not one.

Losing Manrriquez early in the season felt like four guys were missing.

That’s the kind of impact he has on the game both as a tailback, where he ran for more than 2,500 yards in his first two seasons at Frost, and in the secondary, where he is one of the best tacklers and best defensive backs in the Golden Circle.

He returned two weeks ago and the Polar Bears have been rolling since with two impressive victories and appear to be ready for the start of district.

Frost has a dangerous and quick-hitting offense with Manrriquez and QB Tony Alvarado and the Bears will be tough to beat.

But what all of this means is that the three teams from the Golden Circle are going to stage one of the best district shows anywhere.

They all tied for second in the district race last year behind two-time state champ Mart, and the three GC teams will be in a wild scramble again this year.

Last year they went 1-1 against each other.

Dawson beat Hubbard in the big rivalry game, and then lost to Frost. And then Hubbard beat Frost in the classic Mud Bowl, which was one of the best and most hard-fought games of the year in Texas.

It’s a shame the UIL had to stick Mart in the District 11-2A DII mix. They could have found another district (something in the Central Texas area away from the Golden Circle).

Mart has one of the best programs in Texas and speed everywhere you look. I’m not saying anything against the folks at Mart, I’m just saying this district would be a lot more fun for everyone else if Mart was playing  in another district.

That would mean the games between Dawson, Hubbard and Frost would all have title ramifications.

These three don’t need any more motivation. All three will be pumped to the sky when they play each other, especially in the district opener when Dawson and Hubbard meet in the Highway 31 rivalry game. But the other showdowns will be just as much fun and just as important.

All three are going to have big seasons and all three are going to make the playoffs.

It’s just things would be even more fun if Mart was winning a district title somewhere else.

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