Texas Football predicts Elk in, Spartans out of playoffs
A year ago, Centennial was tagged by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine to make the playoffs and Burleson wasn’t.
Centennial proved the predictors right by making the playoffs and Burleson proved them by reaching the post-season from District 9-5A.
Burleson returned to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. The Elks, who lost in the first-round of the playoffs to Mansfield Legacy, finished with a record of 9-2 and a 6-1 district mark that placed them second.
The Spartans, after sharing the District 9-5A title in 2016, made the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Centennial fell to Mansfield Lake Ridge in a bi-district playoff game. The Spartans went 5-6 last season and finished fourth in 9-5A with a record of 4-3.
The “Bible” of Texas high school football has Burleson finishing fourth and Centennial out of the playoffs in fifth place in District 5-5A Division II.
Texas Football predicts Aledo to win the 5-5A Division II crown. Everman, the 9-5A champions last season, Midlothian and Burleson are projected as the other playoff teams. The magazine predicts the rest of the district to finish like this: Centennial (fifth), Arlington Seguin (sixth), Joshua (seventh) and Cleburne (eighth) and Waco University (ninth).
DCTF predicts these first-round post-season matchups between District 5-5A Division II and 6-5A Division II. Aledo versus Seagoville, Everman against Dallas Kimball, Midlothian facing Red Oak and Burleson versus Dallas South Oak Cliff.
Aledo copped the magazine’s Preseason District MVP honors. Bearcat running back Jase McClellan earned the Offensive MVP nod and end Colt Ellison gained the Defensive MVP nod.
Burleson coach Gary McElroy welcomes back five starters on offense and eight on defense from a squad that lost once in the regular season to Everman.
Offensively, the Elks’ have quarterback Jacob Amador (1,380 yards passing, 11 TDs, 97 carries, 295 yards, 10 TDs) along with running back Caleb Lewis (93-519, 5 TDs, 11 catches, 5 TDs) and receiver Aden Anderson (33-542, 5 TDs) returning.
The defense will be led by lineman Ben Quirino, linebackers J.C. Mueller and Carson Hallack and backs C.J. Williams, Sam Martin, Jared Johnson and Iver Macauley. The unit was stout last season and could be better with eight starters back.
Centennial returns seven starters on offense and four on defense. The Spartans will always be a challenge for opponents since they must plan for little seen “Navy Triple-Option.” Kyle Burns (636 yards rushing, 13 TDs; 725 yards passing 8 TDs) has returned from his injury and will start at quarterback for the Spartans.
Burns will have plenty of options offensively this season. Topping the list is slot back Chris Mosely (40 carries, 401 355 yards, 8 TDs; 15 receptions, 268 yards, 4 TDs), who average 8.9 yards per carry and 19.1 yards per catch last season. The Spartans will also count on offensive firepower from running backs Jaylon Jackson (26-247, 2 TDs; 6-157, 2 TDs) and Jeff Kirven (27-163).
The Spartans will be young defensively with back DaQuan Campbell and end Mazin Richards leading the way. Centennial must replace most of its front line.
Class 5A Division II Region II is loaded with talent accord to the magazine. Eight teams in the region made the DCTF’s Top 20 Class 5A Division II list including No. 1 Aledo, No. 6 Ennis, No. 10 Corsicana, No. 11 Everman, No. 12 Dallas South Oak Cliff, No. 13 North Forney, No. 18 Frisco Reedy and No. 19 Lake Dallas.
In the coach’s poll, Aledo is the top-ranked team and Ennis is ranked fifth.
The magazine has Aledo beating Enis for the Region II Division II crown and Aledo topping Manvel for the state title.
Elks add ninth game
Burleson coach Gary McElroy announced Monday that the Elks have picked up a game on Aug. 31 against F.L. Schlage from Kansas City, Kansas.
The Stallions will travel to Burleson Stadium in 2018. McElroy said the Elks will return the favor in 2019 with a trip to Kansas City. The game is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Last season, Schlage went 9-1 and made the playoffs.
The Elks had a game scheduled with Fort Worth YMLA but the school dropped its athletic programs after UIL redistricting.
“We cast a wide net all the way to Iowa looking for a team to play,” McElroy said.
McElroy thought Burleson had a game arranged with a school in Monterrey, Mexico but that game never materialized.
Because District 5-5A Division II is a nine-team district each school will have an offweek during district play.