Always a good read, the 60th edition of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine again brings to light what might happen in 2019 as the Texas high school football season, along with college football and the NFL, gets closer.
This year’s cover, Texas Longhorn quarterback Sam Ehlinger, is another stab at whether the Longhorns are going to be contenders for a national title this season.
Inside is also insight on the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys as both look to set some tones in the AFC and NFC.
Here’s a quick glance at what Texas Football is predicting for the upcoming season.
In Southern Brazoria County, District 23-6A will have a big impact on how the Brazoswood Buccaneers will do as they try to become a contender again.
The arrival of Danny Youngs at the helm ended an 18-year reign by Dean DeAtley, thus bringing new ideals to the Buc program.
Having won only two district games in the past three seasons, the Bucs return seven starters with four on offense and three on defense. Most of the talent is spread out amongst the 22 starters with the offensive line having the most experience with Mikel Richey (6-1, 290) and Alex Zavala (6-1, 275) returning.
According to Texas Football, Brazoswood isn’t expected to do much in 2019, ranking it last in the district of eight teams. Pearland, Strake Jesuit, Alief Hastings and Pearland Dawson are predicted to be the district’s playoff teams.
Pearland comes in ranked No. 24 in the state.
A Division I program, the Angleton Wildcats return ranked No. 14 in the division, but will have a handful with No. 3 ranked Foster and No. 5 ranked Alvin Shadow Creek in District 10-5A D-I.
A couple of seasons removed from their state semifinal run in 2017, the Wildcats return seven starters, three on offense and four on defense. With four-year starting quarterback Seth Cosme gone, Angleton will be looking to replace a big chunk right there along with some other key skill positions. Returning is Texas Top 300 prospect Jordan Scott-Jones (5-10, 200) along with his 1,200-plus rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
Predicted as the top four teams in the district in order are Foster, Shadow Creek, Angleton and Friendswood. Foster has a bevy of Top 300 players along with 15 returners while Shadow Creek returns 14 from its state finalist season a year ago in its first year of UIL competition.
CLASS 4A DIVISION I
Columbia Roughneck quarterback Cameron Ward has shot up the recruiting rankings entering the 2019 season as Columbia is ranked No. 18 in Division I.
That will make District 13-4A D-1 quite interesting again this year with Sealy coming in ranked No. 6 overall in D-I.
In Brent Mascheck’s fourth season, he could have something brewing with the Roughnecks returning 19 starters, 10 on offense and nine on defense. Missing the playoffs the last two seasons, this year’s Roughnecks want to change that.
Ward will have some speed in wideouts Sultan Abdullah, Jabari Mack and Zade Stroman to go along with steady backfield mate Luke Arias.
Brazosport welcomes first-year coach Mark Kanipes from Santa Fe this season. The Ships return 13 starters, eight on offense led by quarterback Brendan Brimage and tailback Daraell Preston along with top safety Kevin Davis.
Brazosport will be trying to make the playoffs three years in a row for the first time since 1999, 2000 and 2001.
The projected top four teams in the district are Sealy, Columbia, Needville and Brazosport.
CLASS 4A DIVISION II
Some key skill players return to the District 11-4A D-II Sweeny Bulldogs in 2019. With the likes of Wharton and La Marque in the mix along with three Houston ISD programs in Washington, Kashmere and Scarborough, it could turn into an interesting season.
Sweeny brings back eight starters, two on offense and six on defense. The defense will be led by linebacker Trey Fields and defensive back Justice Clemons, both who look like they will be going both ways. Quarterback Trey Robbins will take over under center getting in some good work in 7-on-7.
Wharton comes in ranked No. 17 in Division II and is predicted to take the top spot in the district followed by Sweeny, La Marque and Houston Washington.
There is still no replacement for recently resigned head coach Michael Mason with the Danbury Panthers.
A District 14-3A D-II program, the Panthers are in a district where three opponents are state ranked, starting with East Bernard at No. 3, Tidehaven at No. 10 and Van Vleck at No. 17.
Danbury returns seven starters with linebacker James White (6-0, 190, 76 tackles) along with quarterback Cooper Lynch (759 passing yards, 7 TDs) leading the way.
East Bernard, Tidehaven and Van Vleck are expected to take the top three spots with Schulenburg as No. 4.
Danbury is listed No. 6 out of seven teams.
A six-man Division II District 3 program, the Brazosport Christian Eagles are projected No. 5 out of six teams coming into the 2019 year.
BCS will have to contend with Huntsville Alpha Omega, Bryan St. Joseph, Bryan Allen Academy, Conroe Covenant and Houston Grace Christian.