A host of local football teams will be headed to the playoffs this fall if Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine’s predictions have substance.
In District 24-6A, Clear Falls, Clear Springs and Clear Creek are each picked to reach the playoffs by the 2021 edition of the magazine while Shadow Creek, Dawson and Pearland are postseason-bound, also.
Dickinson is pegged to win District 24-6A, followed by the Knights, Chargers and Wildcats.
Friendswood, in District 9-5A, is slotted third.
Each of the three Clear Creek ISD football teams made the playoffs last season with Clear Falls enjoying the longest playoff ride, advancing all the way to the Region 3-6A Division II championship before losing to eventual state champion Katy.
Should the four teams projected to make the playoffs actually do so, then Dickinson and Clear Springs would advance to the large school division, and Clear Falls and Clear Creek would participate in Division II for the second straight year.
In order, Clear Brook, Clear Lake and Brazoswood are picked fifth, sixth and seventh by the magazine.
Wide receiver Noah Thomas of Clear Springs is named the district’s preseason offensive player of the year and linebacker Kannon Garza of Clear Falls earned the defensive MVP nod.
In District 23-6A, Shadow Creek is picked to win the crown, followed by Dawson, Pearland and Strake Jesuit.
The remainder of the district is picked as follows: 5. Alief Taylor, 6. Alief Hastings, 7. Alvin, 8. Alief Elsik
Quarterback Duke Butler of Shadow Creek is the choice for offensive player of the year and Pearland lineman Amari Deason is the pick for defensive player of the year.
If the designated four teams make the playoffs, Dawson and Pearland would be Division I playoff representatives.
In District 22-6A, Pasadena Dobie, Deer Park, Channelview and Pasadena Memorial are picked as the top four teams in that league.
South Houston, Pasadena Rayburn and Pasadena are selected to occupy spots five, six and seven.
Dobie and Deer Park would be Division I playoff representatives.
Quarterback Demetrius Charles of Channelview is projected as the offensive player of the year and linebacker Nigel Hill of Dobie is the MVP choice on defense.
In the preseason state rankings of the top 50 teams, Shadow Creek is 20th, Dickinson 32nd, Dawson 36th, Dobie 43rd, Pearland 46th, Clear Falls 47th and Clear Springs 48th.
Friendswood is selected to finish third in District 9-5A behind defending league champion Port Arthur Memorial and Beaumont United.
Goose Creek Memorial is slotted to finish fourth.
Teams picked fifth through eighth are La Porte, Baytown Lee, Baytown Sterling and Galveston Ball.
Quarterback Jah’Mar Sanders of Port Arthur Memorial is selected to be the offensive MVP while Chandler Rivers of Beaumont United is tabbed for the defensive honor.
The magazine picks Lutheran South Academy to finish fourth in Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools District 4 of Division 2.
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