The 2019 Texas high school football season may be a couple of months away, but even now, the prognostications for the upcoming season are beginning to roll in.
One such preview is Dave Campbell’s Texas Football which hit newsstands across the state recently. Included in their predictions are forecasts for all the high school teams in the area.
By far, the local team with the highest pre-season expectations are the Atascocita Eagles. Not only are they Campbell’s favorite to win District 22-6A, but they are also ranked ninth in Campbell’s 6A pre-season poll.
The Eagles return 17 starters from their 2018 team that reached the regional semifinals.
On offense, Atascocita is led by quarterback Brice Matthews, who combined for over 3,600 yards and 41 touchdowns, three top offensive linemen and a dangerous receiving corps led by Dylan Robinson. Defensive end Asyrus Simon is expected to lead the Eagles defensively.
The Summer Creek Bulldogs are projected to finish second in 22-6A; the Bulldogs return nine starters from a team that also made the regional semifinals a year ago. Quarterback Bryan Bush is expected to lead Summer Creek offensively and has wide receivers Elijah Bean and Drevion Grant and three running backs to help him.
On defense, the Bulldogs are led by Anthony Hall, who had 121 tackles and 12 sacks a year ago.
The Kingwood Mustangs are also projected to make the playoffs, as the fourth and final team from the district. The Mustangs return seven starters and returning QB Grant Wall is expected to be key. The Humble Wildcats, meanwhile, are projected sixth.
In 5A, the Kingwood Park Panthers are projected to be in the playoffs as the third team from District 9-5A. The Panthers return 12 starters, including eight on offense.
Meanwhile in 4A, the Huffman Hargrave Falcons are picked to be in the playoffs as the second team from District 11-4A. The Falcons return 15 starters for 2019.