Dave Campbell's Preview: Cisco Ranked Among the Class 3A Elite

Published 06/18 2014 12:15AM

Updated 06/18 2014 12:55AM

There are plenty of questions surrounding Class 3A entering this season with some big names featuring new coaches, and the Cisco Loboes looking to repeat as champions.

Cisco loses plenty of talent off last year's roster, but Texas Football expects the Loboes to be solid once again this fall. Not only did they pick Cisco to win District 2-3A, but also ranked them second in division two overall.

The Loboes return some key players on the offensive line, like preseason all-state selection Baily Edwards, as well as running back Landen Lewis and wide receiver Kotie Hoover.

Hoover was also named to the preseason all-state team by Texas Football as a defensive back.

While Dave Campbell's picked the Loboes to win the district this year, the Eastland Mavericks will have a say in the matter.

Texas Football picked ninth ranked Eastland to finish second in the district, and meet Cisco in the region one finals in the playoffs.

That being said Eastland does have plenty of holes to fill in Cliff Watkins first year. Especially replacing 2013 BCH Sports Player of the Year Josh Moylan.

Breckenridge also has a new coach this year in Casey Hubble, and expectations are already high for the Bucks. They make the move north in redistricting, and Dave Campbell's picked Breckenridge to win District 4-3A D-I.

The Bucakroos return plenty of talent for Hubble's first year with a seven starters back on offense, and nine on defense. That includes quarterback Cade Cornett, who started three games a year ago.

One of the toughest districts in the Big Country this year could be District 3-3A D-1. Not only does it feature 2013 state runner-up Wall, but three other teams that reached the postseason a year ago.

Dave Campbell's expects fifth ranked wall to win the district this year. They also picked Bangs and Clyde to make return trips to the postseason in 2014.

Clyde took a big hit in terms of graduation with only ten lettermen returning this season. At the same time, the Bulldogs do have running back Christian Eubacks and quarterback Ty Spears back. Spears threw for over 1,800 yards and 23 touchdowns a year ago.

Bangs also has to replace their quarterback after losing J.T. Newton to graduation. Look for Trett Mitchell to take the reigns of Chuck Lipsey's offense in 2014. Having tailback Jake Gravell in the backfield will also help. He ran for 806 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.

The Coleman Bluecats are poised to make a return trip to the postseason according to Texas Football. A total of 15 starters return for assistant turned head coach John Elder's first year at the helm in Coleman. Many of those starters are skill position players like quarterback Cord Norris and running back JaQuan Hemphill. That has Texas Football picking Coleman to finish second in District 3-3A D-II.

Texas Football is predicting Colorado City will also make a return to the postseason after their one hear hiatus. The Wolves return plenty of experience, and getting wide receiver Jonathan Jackson back from an ACL injury should help head coach Dan Gainey in his second year.

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