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Jayton predicted to win district again

Thursday, August 9, 2018

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DISTRICT DEFENDERS The Jayton Jaybirds started football workouts earlier this week. ‘Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’ has predicted that Jayton will win its district this year.

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BULLDOGS BEGIN First day of conditioning without contact began for area high school football teams Monday.

Pre-season workouts for all area school football teams began Monday, and in Dickens and Kent Counties two of the three high schools have new coaches.

Tate Clark will be at the helm for the Spur Bulldogs, and Eric Johnson’s the new head coach of the Patton Springs Rangers. Josh Stanaland continues to lead the Jayton Jaybirds.

With this being the first year under the new UIL realignment, many area football teams are facing different opponents in their districts’ competition.

Earlier this summer, the 58th Annual Dave Campbell’s Texas Football hit the magazine stands with their predictions for the upcoming season. The Jayton Jaybirds are picked to win district once more, as they are returning nine lettermen.

DISTRICT 7-1A DII TEXAS FOOTBALL’S PREDICTION

1.Jayton 2.Lueders-Avoca 3.Guthrie 4.Rule 5.Haskell-Paint Creek Pre-season defensive MVP: Tye Scogin, Jayton Pre-season offensive MVP: Daquan Brown, Lueders-Avoca

2018 Preview Coach: Josh Stanaland. Lettermen R/L: 9/2. Starters returning O/D: 4/4. 2017: 8-4 area finalist/3-0 district. Players to watch: RB/LB Tye Scogin (5-9, 170), QB/LB Kaden Awe (5-10, 175), RB/DB Pecos Smith (5-9, 160), OL/DL Keldan Moorhead (6-0, 205), TE/DB Camron Benavides (6-0, 150), TE/ DL Alex Chisum (5-11, 160). Other prospects: TE/DL Bobby Cortez. 2018 notes: RB Scogin rushed for 1,901 yards and 48 scores and recorded 125 tackles in 2017. QB Awe threw for 1,177 yards and 20 TDs and logged 135 tackles. RB Smith (1,013 yards, 19 TDs rushing; 100 tackles) is another fine back for the Jaybirds.

DISTRICT 4-41A D1 TEXAS FOOTBALL’S PREDICTION

1.Ira 2.Hermleigh 3.Aspermont 4.Rotan 5.Spur Pre-season Defensive MVP, Luis Gonzalez, Hermleigh Pre-season Offensive MVP, Carson Valentine, Ira

2018 Preview Spur faces two formidable opponents from the south. The Ira Bulldogs are returning 15 lettermen, and the Hermleigh Cardinals bring back 16 returnees, and the Scurry County duo is predicted to take the top spots in district competition. But last year’s Spur Bulldogs made it to the postseason, and are returning five starters on offense and defense. Coach: Tate Clark. Lettermen R/L: 5/2. Starters returning O/D: 5/5. 2017: 5-6 bi-district finalist/2-1 district. Key losses: Llano Bateman, Coltan Martin. Players to watch: RB Ethan Parsons (5-10, 140, 4.6), QB Francisco Hernandez (5-10, 155, 4.9), OL Jake Weiser (5-10, 245, 5.5), SE Isaiah Sanchez (5-11, 160, 4.6), TE Keaton Adams (5-8, 140, 4.8), RB Zage Barron (5-10, 145, 5.2). Other prospects: OL Beau Martinez, WR Jacob Cole, WR Nicholas Cole. 2018 notes: RB Parsons rushed for 1,099 yards and 24 TDs as a sophomore last season and recorded 71 tackles and two INTs on defense, while QB Hernandez added 733 yards and 11 TDs for the Bulldogs through the air.

DISTRICT 2-1A D11 TEXAS FOOTBALL’S PREDICTION

1.Motley County 2.Kress 3.Silverton 4.Patton Springs Pre-season Defensive MVP, Kyler Degan, Motley County Pre-season Offensive MVP, Keaton Myers, Kress 2018 Preview Patton Springs has its work cut out for the new football season as perennial contender Motley County tops the pigskin prediction poll. But Dave Campbell’s notes the returnees to the Rangers’ squad and said they just might player spoiler this year. Coach: Eric Johnson. Lettermen R/L: 5/1. Starters returning O/D: 5/5. 2014: 0-7/0-3 district. Players to watch: C/DE Devon Jones (6-0, 190, 5.1), E/LB Leon Quilimaco (5-8, 160, 4.9), FB/NG Richard Klemisch (5-11, 230, 4.8), QB/CB Ralph Garza (5-8, 140, 4.9), RB/E David Leyva (5-10, 155, 4.8), WR/KR Frankie Morales (5-9, 160, 4.7), WR/CB Kyle Davis (5-11, 150, 4.9), WR/S David Reyna (5-8, 130, 4.9). Other prospects: WR/DE/K Ashton Quilimaco, C/CB Wyatt Perryman. 2018 notes: Patton Springs has a good number of kids returning and a larger freshman class coming in to boost its numbers from past seasons. LB Leon Quilimaco is the tough senior leader and WR Morales is a speedster. The Rangers just might play spoiler in their district this season if things go right.

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