Dave Campbell's Preview: Albany Expected to Lead Class 2A

Published 06/16 2014 11:43PM

Updated 06/17 2014 12:19AM

The Big Country has seen plenty of changes in Class 2A this past year, but Dave Campbell's Texas Football picked some perennial powers to continue their winning ways in 2014.

For the third straight year a district in Class 2A Div. I will be decided by Anson and Stamford according to Dave Campbell's Texas Football, but this year with a different outcome. Texas Football picked the Tigers to win District 4-2A Div. I.

Anson brings back seven starters on offense off of last years team, but will need to find a quarterback to lead Chris Hager's offense.

The Stamford Bulldogs will also need to replace their quarterback this season after losing state championship game MVP Bo Wimberly to graduation. Expect Ligon West to make the move to quarterback in Ronnie Casey's first season as head coach.

New Jones Country rival Hawley was picked by Dave Campbell's to finish third in District 4-2A Div. I after dropping down this year.

Goldthwaite will also make a return trip to the postseason in 2014 according to Texas Football, and finish second in District 7-2A Div. I in Greg Proffitt's first season as the lone head coach.

The Eagles are also the only team in Class 2A to have players selected preseason all-state team by Dave Campbell's Texas Football. Offensive lineman Damon Butterfras and linebacker Kody Harris received the preseason honor.

The Albany Lions are perhaps the best team in Class 2A from the Big Country. Denny Faith's Lions squad returns plenty of starters this year, including quarterback Drew Neece and running back Caleb Masters this year.

In 2013, the Lions fell in the regional semifinals to eventual state champs Wellington. This year Dave Campbell's is picking the Lions to go further in the playoffs, and eventually on to AT&T Stadium for the Class 2A Div. II state championship game.

That's where they have the second ranked Lions falling to number one Tenaha.

If there's one team that's happy to be out of Albany's district this year it might be the Hamlin Pied Pipers.

Hamlin finds themselves in District 7-2A Div. II, and is picked by Texas Football to win the district in 2014. That's with a lot of experience returning on both sides of the ball, but especially with the tandom of quarterback Caymon Georges and running back Tyrone Johnson returning this season.

Texas Football is also calling for an exciting year in Winters as the Blizzards look to make their return to the postseason for the first time in two years. The Blizzards return eight starters on offense and nine on defense, and appear loaded for head coach Stan Caffey's second season according to Dave Campbell's.

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