Every year, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine comes out, previewing and predicting the high schools and colleges of Texas and where they will finish in football that year.
This year, in a two-part column entry, I will give you my reactions of the magazine’s preview and my own predictions for the upcoming season.
Part one will focus on Palestine, Westwood and Elkhart.
In the new conference realignment, Palestine has moved up to Class 4A, which brings upon new rivals and new challenges, especially for newly appointed coach Jay Brown.
In the magazine’s overall Class 4A Preview, it says that the toughest district in the entire class will be District 9-4A DI, also know as Palestine’s district.
The so called, “District of Doom” features No. 4 Carthage (defending state champions), No. 6 Kilgore (a state runner-up), No. 11 Chapel Hill (2011 state champions), Henderson (2010 state champions) and Brownsboro.
This brutal draw for the Wildcats has the season looking bleak, but the magazine has Palestine finishing fourth out of these six teams, and I have to agree with it.
As much as the homer in me wants Palestine to place first, the objective sports fan in me knows that Carthage, Kilgore and Chapel Hill all have extremely tough squads and will dominate just about every team they face.
The magazine notes Palestine's Gee Clark, Dakendrick McMorris, Patrick Cross and Chris Weaver as players to watch for this season.
Along with these names, after watching the Wildcats for the first time last season, I would have to add Marcus Robinson, Devonte Mims and Bennett Gierkey to that list of players to watch for, although there will be many that will make a name for themselves this season with a new coach at the helm.
One of Palestine’s biggest questions coming into the season will be whether the athletes can help fill the holes left by Jarrell Owens, Brian Thlang, Ben Luckett and Sheldon Watson along with the other graduating seniors.