An early look at Central Texas in 2008: 3A

The Central Texas 3A ranks are once again loaded with great teams as 2008 will look to be the sixth year this decade that a Central Texas team has won a 3A crown. In this early look at the district races, the new 8-3A and 24-3A look to be two of the state's best.

District 7-3A
China Spring
Glen Rose
Hillsboro
West
Whitney
Gatesville

Early Look: All-Everything quarterback Dustin Eskew is gone, but Coach Mark Bell still has enough talent to make a deep playoff run, including Mike Hicks and Ryan Boutwell. Glen Rose will be breaking in a new head coach, but they have by far the best 3A quarterback in the area with strong-armed righty Derek Thompson. Right now I'll put Hillsboro in the three spot because they usually have talent, the question will be if they can put it together. West and Whitney should also contend for a playoff spot.

District 8-3A
Liberty Hill
Burnet
Wimberley
Fredericksburg
Llano
Fischer Canyon Lake
Ingram Moore

Early Look: Welcome to the argument some will make for having four playoff teams per district in 3A. I'll put the Panthers out in front because Coach Jerry Vance's senior nucleus of guys like Cody Lattimore and Brandon Terry have not lost a playoff game since 2005. Burnet is returning to 3A after a four year hiatus and Coach Doyle Walker's Bulldogs should be strong, as should anther team dropping from 4A, the Battlin' Billies of Fredericksburg. Wimberley and Llano will also have quality clubs, and throw in a Canyon Lake team led by former Pflugerville Connally coach Matt Monzingo and you have potentially six playoff, and in some cases state championship calliber teams, fighting for three playoff spots.

District 19-3A
Waco La Vega
Mexia
Waco Connally
Robinson
Groesbeck
Lorena

Early Look: This district looks like La Vega and then everyone else. The Pirates have a ridiculous amount of talent coming back this season, including a stud junior running back in Chris Parr, and could make a strong case to be the preseason No. 1 in 3A.

District 24-3A
Navasota
Madisonville
Bryan Rudder
Caldwell
Rockdale
Cameron Yoe
Taylor

Early Look: This district could very well be the toughest and most talented district in the state. Returning all-State players Dexter Pratt (Navasota), Brandall Jackson (Navasota), and Chris Whaley (Madisonville) are all Scout.com four star players. Rudder will be interesting to watch because word from the Brazos Valley has been that they could be a power in 3A if that is where they were in their first varsity season, so now we will see how much noise they can make. The bottom four teams in this district could all be playoff teams in any other league.

District 25-3A
Giddings
Bellville
Columbus
La Grange
Sealy
Smithville

Early Look: As far as tradition, this district is second to none. No Brock Fitzhenry, No Alan Dock, but plenty of talent returns at Giddings where the Buffaloes will be in a bit of a transition year as they look for new talent to replace a strong senior class. Bellville is always very competitive and could make a lot of noise in Region IV.


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