PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
Division 1 Team in all caps
3. Honey Grove
6. Paris Chisum
7. Bogota Rivercrest
Overall 15-2A is in a bit of a transition year. DeKalb who dominated district is in a bit of a rebuilding phase after losing all world RB Terrance Ganaway. Clarksville has the top talent back and on paper they look to be the deepest team in the district. Honey Grove who advanced to the area playoffs last year will have to fight off a strong challenge from Prariland and Cooper for the last playoff spot. Rivercrest will still struggle but look for them to be improved and possibly win a district game.
2006 Record: 9-3 (lost to Melissa 26-25 in the area playoffs)
Outlook:CHS brings back a load of talent including the district's best overall player in LB Tracy Morgan who is already getting Division 1 looks. Super athletic QB Centa Reeves will be a handful on both sides of the ball and he could put up some big time numbers. 6'6 WR Rickey Roberts is a good bet to win just about any jump ball.
2006 Record: 10-2 (lost to Farmersville 20-14 in the area playoffs)
Outlook:DeKalb must find a way to replace over 3000 yards of offense and over 30 touchdowns in each of the past two seasons, and that will be a tall task as Terrance Ganaway is a once in a decade type talent. The Bears will still be athletic but youth will be served at the skill positions. Look for DeKalb's strength to be along both lines, as their top player is Rodney Payne who was all-district on both sides of the ball.
HONEY GROVE WARRIORS
2006 Record: 7-5 (lost to Aubrey 48-26 in the area playoffs)
Outlook:HGHS will be led by sophomore RB Zack Patt who was sensational as a freshman and senior Byron Finney. Finney a four year starter is the veteran of the skill players. QB Hudson Milford was the district's offensive newcomer of the year as he tossed 14 touchdown passes as a freshman. The Warriors are thin on the lines but their skill talent should get them the district's final playoff berth.
2006 Record: 5-5
Outlook:Prariland looks to be right on the cusp of their 5th playoff berth in school history. PHS brings back 11 total starters The Patriots do have some work to do, but RB Tim Henry and QB Dane Sessions make a nice 1-2 punch. The Patriots will be led on the defensive side of the ball by DL Nick Jones who was first team all 15-2A as a sophomore, he'll team with Kyle Blanton to give PHS a formidable defensive front.
2006 Record: 2-8
Outlook:Has the well of talent run out in Delta County? Cooper who missed the playoffs for the first time since 2001's 5-5 mark is still rebuilding after posting four 10 win seasons the past ten years. The top player is NG Holden Jenkins who was the district's newcomer of the year as a freshman. Cooper which usually features good speed and athletes still doesn't have the typical breakaway speed they normally feature which is why they may still be a year away from being a serious playoff contender.
PARIS CHISUM MUSTANGS
2006 Record: 5-5
Outlook:2006 was Chisum's best chance at the playoffs since 2003 which was their last trip to the postseason. CHS graduated the wealth of their skill players and they'll likley struggle big time. Only 3 starters return on both sides of the ball and 18 seniors have graduated. Chisum could struggle to even notch one district win.
BOGOTA RIVERCREST REBELS
2006 Record: 3-7
Outlook:After a promising 3-1 start, RHS lost all six district games as reality set in. Although, the Rebels do have a lot of experience back wins will be tough to come by in a tough district. Keep an eye on QB Terrance Cannon who has major potential and could blossom into a star for the Rebels.
FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Tracy Morgan, LB, Jr. Clarksville
Velaris Ricks, OL/DL, Sr. Clarksville
Hudson Milford, QB, Soph. Honey Grove
Rodney Payne, OL/DL, Sr. DeKalb
Holden Jenkins, DL, Soph. Cooper