Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine recently hit the newsstands and the annual publication has both the 5A Defending Division I State Champion Shadow Creek Sharks and the 5A Division II State Quarterfinalist Manvel Mavericks ranked among the top teams in the state in their respective classifications.
Campbell also projects the Sharks and Mavericks to both emerge as the champions in their respective new district lineups for the 2020 gridiron campaign.
Whether the season starts on time or at all still remains a big question mark, due to Covid-19 concerns. In a DCTFM poll taken by coaches around the state, the majority of sideline bosses believe the season won’t start on time, while several others think the season won’t be played in its entirety.
The UIL could be making an annoucement this week about the fall athletic season.
The Sharks will be moving up a classification in 23-6A season to compete with fellow AISD school Alvin, along with the Pearland and Alief schools and Strake Jesuit. Manvel returns to the Division I bracket in 5A, taking over Shadow Creek’s spot in 10-5A with Foster, Angleton, Hightower and Terry. Newcomers to 10-5A include Katy Paetow, Kempner, Houston Milby and Wisdom.
While the Yellowjackets are predicted by Campbell to finish eighth in 23-6A, the publication expects Tim Teykl’s squad to be much improved in 2020 with another year of the flexbone offense under their belt and overall increasing numbers in the program.
The Jackets return 12 players overall (seven on offense, five on defense) with players to watch being defensive back Bo Olszewski (6-0, 170, 4.8), defensive lineman Larry Vojacek (6-2, 245), quarterback/linebacker Gavin Guthrie (6-2, 190, 4.9 seconds in the 40-yard dash), offensive lineman Connor Hughes (6-0, 240), receiver Christian Touch (6-0, 155, 4.6) and tight end Armando Rivera (5-10, 220, 4.9). Top juniors include linebacker Wyatt Stinson (5-10, 190, 4.9) and linebacker Marshall Garcia (5-10, 200, 4.9) and quarterback Jayden Garcia (5-10, 210, 4.9) is profiled as the top sophomore.
Other prospects include running back Richard Valdez, defensive lineman Leon Bell, quarterback Cody Smith, defensive back Gage Johnson, offensive lineman Sebastian Cisneros, running back Tony Vidana, kicker/punter Caleb Reed and offensive lineman William Revels.
The Sharks enter the 6A ranks with seven veterans (four on offense, three on defense) returning under head coach Brad Butler.
Baylor signee and quarterback Kyron Drones (6-3, 3, 200, 4.6), who threw for over 3,000 yards and 46 touchdowns, heads the returnee list, along with linebacker Terrance Cooks (6-3, 215, 4.5), receiver C.J. Guidry (6-1, 175, 4.4), cornerback Jalen Emery (5-11, 170, 4.5), defensive back Jalen Lane (6-0, 190, 4.6) and offensive lineman Caleb Leonard (6-4, 300).
Receiver Randy Masters (6-1, 180, 4.6) and tight end Trent McGaughey (6-3, 225, 4.7) comprise the top junior list and other prospects include receiver Greg Hancock, running back Kelvon Brown, defensive end Ryan Williams, defensive lineman Jairo Castillo, defensive back Jaidan Scott and running back Isaiah Harper.
Guidry hauled in 25 receptions for 612 yards and nine TD’s last season, while Hancock grabbed 32 receptions for 480 yards and six TD’s and Masters collected 20 catches for 377 yards and five scores. Brown just missed the 1,000-yard barrier on the ground with 912 yards and 11 TD’s. Cooks, who was also named to DCTFM’s Preseason All-State 6A team, is coming off a 70 tackle campaign in 2019.
The Sharks are joined by Pearland, Dawson and Strake Jesuit as the teams expected to make the playoffs by Campbell.
Manvel is not only expected to win 10-5A this fall, Campbell also views Kevin Hall’s squad as the potential Region III champion with state championship game appearance against Denton Ryan.
The Mavs return five players overall (three on offense, two on defense). Players to watch include running back Jordan Vaughn (6-3, 215, 4.6), linebacker Justin Medlock (6-1, 215, 4.6), running back Demonte Seymore (5-8, 205, 4.6), defensive end J.P. Deeter (6-3, 260, 4.8), offensive lineman Hunter Schroeder (6-1, 230, 4.9) and receiver Jalen Walthall (6-2, 180, 4.6). Receiver/defensive back Malachi McLean (5-11, 185, 4.5) and offensive lineman Jaden Edmonson (6-1, 280) are featured as the top juniors and free safety Corey Swinney (6-0, 180, 4.5) is profiled as the top sophomore.
The other prospects for Hall and company include defensive back Jaqai Neal, cornerback Jordan Benjamin, receiver Zion Johnkins, receiver Isiah King, receiver Kelby Williams, offensive lineman Christen Robinson, defensive end Josh Kennard and cornerback Benjamin Wilson.
Campbell projects the four playoff seeds in 10-5A going to Manvel, Foster, Hightower and Angleton.
The Mavs ranked sixth in the 5A Division I preseason poll. Denton Ryan heads the list, followed by Frisco Lone Star, Longview, Highland Park, Lancaster, Manvel, Foster, Cedar Park, Red Oak and Amarillo Tascosa.
The next 15 teams in the 11-25 order include Lufkin, Frisco Independence, Colleyville Heritage, Abilene Cooper, Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial, College Station, Corpus Christi Flour Bluff, Hightower, Weslaco East, Friendswood, Dripping Springs, Azle, Mansfield Summit, Amarillo and Lubbock Coronado.
Shadow Creek enters the season eighth in the 6A poll. The top 10 includes North Shore, Duncanville, Katy, Austin Westlake, Denton Guyer, Allen, Southlake Carroll, Shadow Creek, Lake Travis and Atascocita.
The next 15 teams in the 11-25 order include Arlington Martin, Desoto, Spring Westfield, Converse Judson, Cypress Fairbanks, Cedar Hill, Rockwall, Cibolo Steele, Katy Tompkins, Midland Lee, San Antonio Brandels, Prosper, Euless Trinity, Arlington High and Bridgeland.