Dave Campbell's Texas Football forecasts success for area teams in 2018
Posted on 7/10/2018 1:52:00 PM.
Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine tabs Seguin receiver/ tight end Hayden Haas as District 12-5A Division I's pre-season Offensive MVP. Photo by Andie Rangel.  
(Seguin) - The 2018 edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine has hit the shelves, and the annual publication predicts playoff appearances for all four Seguin area high school programs, as well as another solid season for Texas Lutheran Univeristy.

DCTF forecasts Seguin qualifying for the UIL playoffs for the first time since 2006 in Travis Busch's third season as head coach.

The publication picks Seguin to finish fourth in District 12-5A-Division II, behind defending District 26-5A champion Dripping Springs, 2017 state semifinalist Austin McCallum, and Austin LBJ, in that order. Austin-Crockett is predicted to finish fifth, Austin-Regan sixth, Austin-Lanier seventh, and Austin-Travis eighth.

Seguin returns 15 starters (seven on offensive, eight on defense) from the 2017 team that went 2-8 overall and 1-6 in district play. Dripping Springs (six returning starters) and McCallum (four returning starters) are picked to nab the top two spots despite heavy losses to graduation. Austin-LBJ has nine starters back from the 2017 playoff team that finished 7-4.

The magazine tabs Seguin's senior wide receiver/ tight end Hayden Haas as the district's pre-season Offensive MVP after a junior year that yielded 54 receptions, 1,055 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Defensive back Gabe Williams of McCallum is the choice for Defensive MVP.

Navarro is one of three teams in District 13-4A-Division II ranked in DCTF's pre-season state poll.

The Panthers stand at No. 14 in the state entering their first season under new head coach Rod Blount. The publication picks Navarro to finish third in their district behind No. 2 Cuero and No. 7 Wimberley, the only teams who beat the Panthers during last year's 11-2 season.

Llano is the pick for the fourth and final playoff spot, with Bandera and Austin-Eastside Memorial tabbed to finish fifth and sixth, respectively.

Cuero running-back Keiran Grant and defensive back Jordan Whittington are the pre-season choices for Offensive and Defensive MVP, respelctively.

Navarro returns starters at 11 positions (five on offense, six on defense), with the most notable being senior fullback Chris Gomez (1,152 yards, 15 TD in 2017) and All-State offensive lineman Wyatt Tate.

DCTF predicts that Marion will claim its fifth district championship in six years by winning the 15-3A-Division I title in Ryne Miller's inaugural season as head coach.

The publication has San Antonio-Cole finishing second behind the Bulldogs, Cotulla third, and Jourdanton snaring the fourth and final playoff berth. Teams 5-8, in order, are Randolph, Lytle, and Karnes City.

Marion retuns starters at 14 positions - seven on each side of the ball - from the 2017 squad that went 8-3 overall and 5-0 in district play.

The magazine also anticipates a big year from Marion's senior quarterback Tayler Mills, tabbing him as the district's pre-season Offensive MVP. Mills threw for 2,096 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior in 2017.

In the TAPPS Six-Man Division III ranks, DCTF predicts Lifegate Christian School to successfully defend its 2017 state championship. The Falcons will pursue that goal under first-year head coach Kenny Coffman, who was the top assistant under recently retired John Rabon. Rabon, who started Lifegate's six-man football program in 2003, stepped down after the Falcons won their second state title last year.

Lifegate is the magazine's choice to finish first in Division III District 3, with Fredericksburg-Heritage second, San Marcos-Hill Country third, Cedar Park Summit fourth, and Living Rock fifth.

The publication names incoming Lifegate junior Myles McCord (850 yds., 66 tackles, 7 FR, 16 TD in 2017) as the pre-season choice for state Defensive MVP.

In its small college preview, DCTF predicts that Texas Lutheran will end up fifth in the American Southwest Conference in Carl Gustafson's second season as head coach after finishing third and posting a 6-4 record in 2017.

Mary Hardin-Baylor, the 2017 ASC champion and national runner-up in NCAA Division III, is the choice to win the conference again. Hardin Simmons is picked second, Southwestern third, East Texas Baptist fourth, Louisiana College sixth, McMurry seventh, Sul Ross State eighth, Howard Payne ninth, and Bellhaven 10th.

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