Stephenville’s Yellow Jackets are number 3 in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football preseason poll

Kreece Nowak and Blu Caylor make elite All-State team

Linebacker Blu Caylor and running back Krece Nowak are two of only 22 selected to Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine's preseason Class 4A All-State team

BY RUSSELL HUFFMAN
TheFlashToday.com

The Stephenville Yellow Jackets are ranked number three by the “bible” of football Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine which is hitting the shelves of stores statewide this week.

Stephenville is joining elite company once again after posting a 12-3 record last year and trail only Argyle (12-1) and defending state champion Carthage which was a perfect 16-0 in 2017.

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It’s no surprise Stephenville is picked to win District 5-4A with league rankings going the Yellow Jackets, Waco La Vega, China Spring, Brownwood and Gatesville. A very interesting note about this new district is every team made the playoffs last season with both Stephenville and Waco La Vega finishing as state semifinalists and China Spring a regional semifinalist.

Linebacker Blu Caylor had 166 tackles last season and is a 2018 Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Preseason All-State Linebacker.

 

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Runningback Krece Nowak ran for 1,720 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2017.

District 5-4A is also well represented in the magazine’s Preseason All-State roster with Stephenville’s running back Krece Nowak and linebacker Blu Caylor giving the Jackets recognition on both sides of the ball. It’s a huge honor as there are only 11 players on each side of the ball. There are no second teamers or honorable mentions and might serve as fuel for one particular player to shine even more than he has already.

Who?

Defensive back and wide receiver Gage Graham who was an all-state honorable mention last year and the player Stephenville’s head coach Greg Winder calls “The best player on this team!”

Gage Graham #25 was an all-state honorable mention in 2017 and will team up will with Texas Football’s prospect defensive back Cody Storrs #21.

Coaches put a lot of stock in players who have sticky fingers on offense and ballhawk when they are on defense and Graham certainly fits the bill. In 2017, Nowak blistered defenses for 1,720 yards and 16 touchdowns while Caylor thumped 166 tackles and recorded ten sacks.

Graham’s totals were equally impressive with 676 yards receiving, six touchdowns, five interceptions and a couple fumble recoveries. Texas Football’s quote on Graham “Lives to pick off passes.”

It’s hard to get your face in the paper when it’s always buried in some guy’s chest. All-state honorable mention Pacen Parker.
All-state honorable mention Jacob Poston is 6-1 and weighs 265 and still getting stronger.

Of course, football is a team sport and Texas Football also pointed out its players to watch which include offensive lineman Jacob Poston (all-state HM 2017), defensive lineman Pacen Parker (all-state HM 2017), defensive back and placekicker Chase Carrillio, quarterback Cole Stanley and linebacker Quentin Walker.

Wide receiver Kyle Lindsey is a Texas Football magazine “prospect” and The Flash Today’s preseason pick at the “breakout player of the year.”

The magazine prospects list includes tight end and linebacker Zane Walker, wide receiver Kyle Lindsey (The Flash Today’s predicted breakout player of the year), offensive lineman Devon Roeming, defensive back Cody Storrs, offensive lineman Scott Gill, defensive lineman Dylan Garber, offensive lineman Lane York and offensive lineman Caleb Smith.

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