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June 19, 2013

From the Sideline: Picking on the picks from Texas Football

2013 is the year that Lance Angel’s Palestine Wildcats make the leap.

It’s a year that will see perennial playoff teams Cayuga, Frankston and Oakwood back in the playoffs.

It’s a year that won’t see Westwood or Elkhart snap their playoff droughts, or see Grapeland return to the postseason.

At least, that’s what 2013 will be according to the “Bible of Texas football.”

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine hit my desk on Monday, and hits stores shelves for the public on Friday. In it are predictions and previews from everything from six-man football to the Big 12.

The release of this publication signals an unofficial start to football season here in this great state, even though it’s only June. Now, the talking that never really stopped after last season can begin anew.

It’s a cultural phenomenon that stretches outside the borders of the Lone Star State. When the magazine hit shelves last year, it was featured on grantland.com, the ESPN.com-owned site run by Bill Simmons.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel graces the cover, and there are features of all kinds on the inside. There’s even a “Johnny Football” poster included.

But, what the majority of the people that will pick up this magazine do so for is in the back half, where various writers from around the state preview and — more importantly — pick the outcome of each high school football in the state.

With that in mind, let’s see how the guys at the DCTF office feel about the Dogwood Circle, and then let me tell you why they’re right — or wrong.

PALESTINE WILDCATS, 19-3A

DCTF PICK: 1st

MY PICK: 1st


Right off the bat, Texas Football gets one right when they pick the Wildcats to win District 19-3A.

Palestine was a win away from doing this very same thing a year ago, a win that escaped them during an overtime classic against rival Fairfield.

That shouldn’t be a problem this year, not with quarterback Gee Clark having another year of experience, not with the maturation of a solid offensive line and certainly not with the beast that is TCU-bound Jarrell Owens on the defensive side of the ball.

DCTF also has Brian Thlang as a preseason all-state pick, which is hard to argue against since the Lousiana-Monroe-commit was an all-stater as a junior.

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