Texas Football picks three local teams for playoffs, none as district champs

Stephenville, De Leon HIco receive TFM post-season nods

Kevin Yeager passed for four touchdowns last week and rushed for a fifth score for De Leon, and that was just on offense. || The Flash Today file photo by RUSSELL HUFFMAN

Flash Staff Report

STEPHENVILLE (July 3, 2017) — if prognosticators ad Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine are correct, Stephenville, De Leon and Hico will reach the playoffs but non will will their district in the upcoming high school football season.

The annual best seller once termed by a critic “The Bible of Football in Texas,” hit newsstands this week and is full of its usual breakdowns of just about anything tied to both the Lone Str State and its favorite sport, from the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans of the NFL down to the smallest of football-playing high schools public and private alike.

Stephenville is picked to finish third in 3-4A Division I. No one will be surprised by the district forecast with 2016 state finalist Abilene Wylie favored to repeat as district champ, with Brownwood, Stephenville and Snyder tabbed for the remaining playoff spots respectively. It’s a five-team district with Big Spring picked last.

De Leon is picked second in 7-2A Division I, expected to again be along the most elite groupings in the state’s smaller conferences. The Bearcats have the most highly praised individual in the Cross Timbers Region in junior quarterback Kevin Yeager, the son of head coach David Yeager. The son passed for 3,022 yards and 4,100 touchdowns in 2016 and has more than 5,500 career yards and 61 total TDs, according to stats provided by the magazine.


Hico is picked to finish just on the positive edge of the playoff cut line in fourth. Crawford, which reached the 2A Division I final a season ago, is pieced to retain its spot atop the league, with Goldthwaite tabbed third.

Dublin is picked to finish fifth of sixth in 4-3A Division I with Cisco, Eastland, Coleman and Tolar predicted to finish first through fourth, respectively.

The magazine even dabbles in predictions for what the masses label “small colleges,” including the Lone Star Conference. Brock Callaway, radio color commentator for three-time defending conference champion Texas A&M-Commerce and one of the creators of LSCScoop.com, penned the article forecasting the LSC with Tarleton tabbed fifth in its second year with Todd Whitten back on campus. A&M-Commerce tops the poll followed by Midwestern State, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Eastern New Mexico.

It’s impossible to cover any team fully with content from literally thousands of schools from 1A to NCAA Division I, but there are the usual players to watch and notes. Mason Holstein was an honorable-mention selection on the Associated Press Sports Editor’s 4A all-state team in 2016 and is the first Yellow Jacket player listed. Easton Jones follows, but after press time had passed, the senior quarterback suffered a torn ulna collateral ligament (UCL) in his throwing (right) elbow while pitching in a summer baseball game. Jones is undergoing stem cell treatments in hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery.

Senior defensive back Cole Pettit, offensive lineman Ty’Von Anderson-Robison, senior receiver Blake Aragon, junior running back Krece Nowak, offensive lineman Jacob Poston, junior receiver Kyle Lindsey, tight end and linebacker Zane Walker, linebacker Kaee Bouchey, linebacker Blu Caylor, defensive lineman Pacen Parker, tight end Kade Averhoff, offensive lineman Devon Roeming, defensive lineman Jonathan Gutierrez and defensive back Gage Graham are other Stephenville players listed.


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