Texas Football tabs Elks, Spartans for playoffs
A year ago, Burleson was picked by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine to make the post-season and Centennial wasn’t.
Centennial proved the predictors wrong by making the playoffs and Burleson failed to make the post-season from District 5-5A Division II.
It was the fifth-consecutive year that the Spartans made the playoffs. Centennial then went on a three-round playoff run. The Spartans defeated Dallas Kimball, 70-12, and Corsicana, 28-20, before falling to Frisco Reedy, 34-7, in the Class 5A Division II semifinals. It marked the second time Centennial reached the third-round of the playoffs. The Spartans went 11-2 overall and 7-1 in district play.
Burleson missed the playoffs after making the post-season in 2017. The Elks went 4-4 in district play and 6-4 overall.
The “Bible” of Texas high school football has Centennial second and Burleson placing fourth in 5-5A Division II.
Texas Football predicts Aledo to win the 5-5A Division II crown. Midlothian, which finished third last year, is tabbed to place third again. The magazine predicts the rest of the district to finish like this: Everman (fifth), Cleburne (sixth), Waco University (seventh), Joshua (eighth) and Arlington Seguin (ninth).
DCTF predicts these first-round post-season matchups between District 5-5A Division II and 6-5A Division II. Aledo versus Seagoville, Centennial against Dallas Kimball, Midlothian facing Red Oak and Burleson versus Dallas South Oak Cliff.
Aledo and Midlothian copped the magazine’s Preseason District MVP honors. Bearcat running back Jase McClellan earned the Offensive MVP nod for the second consecutive year and Midlothian linebacker J.T. Cavender gained the Defensive MVP nod.
Centennial coach Kyle Geller has six starters back on offense and four back on defense. The Spartans will always be a challenge for opponents since they must plan for little seen “Navy Triple-Option.”
The Spartans are loaded with ball carriers including slot backs Chris Mosley (79 carries, 887 yards, 11 TDs, five receptions, 237 yards, three TDs) and Jaylon Jackson (76-804, 11 TDs, 6-72, TD) and fullback Jeff Kirven (144-997, 15 TDs). Hank Meyer (39-185, five TDs, 490 passing yards, five TDs) takes over at quarterback. Meyer saw significant playing time last season.
Centennial’s defense will be lead by end Chris Hilliard (38 tackles, nine tackles for loss, sack) and back Matiyron Easley (67 tackles, interception).
Burleson coach Gary McElroy welcomes back six starters on offense and six on defense.
Offensively, the Elks’ have a devastating one-two punch at running back with Caleb Lewis (118-693. 10 TDs, 4-26) and Jarrett Austin (85-579, 11 TDs, 13-132, three TDs). Lewis is the power back and Austin is the versatile back. Blake Myers (22-137, 6-12-0, 36 yards) will be the Elks quarterback after seeing some playing time last season.
Burleson’s defense will be led by linebackers Carson Hallack (126 tackles, 12 TFL, three sacks, two INTs) and Skylar Webb (59 tackles, three TFL, sack) and free safety Jackson Shaha (24 tackles, two TFL).
Class 5A Division II Region II had teams make the DCTF’s Top 20 Class 5A Division II list including No. 1 Aledo, No. 8 Frisco Reedy, No. 10 Dallas South Oak Cliff, No. 13 Centennial, No. 17 Red Oak, No. 21 Lucas Lovejoy and No. 23 Midlothian.
The magazine has Aledo beating Frisco Reedy for the Region II Division II crown then downing Lubbock Cooper in the state semifinals and topping Fort Bend Marshall for a state-record ninth the state title.
Schlage out, Cove in
Last season, Burleson football opened its season with a 52-0 non-district romp over F.L. Schlage from Kansas City, Kansas. The Stallions didn’t prove to be much a challenge for the Elks. The Elks added Schlage to the schedule after a game with Fort Worth YMLA was canceled when the school dropped its athletic programs after UIL redistricting.
Things will be tougher for Burleson this season as the Elks open their season at 7:30 p.m Aug. 31 at Copperas Cove. Last season, the Bulldawgs started the season with a 34-27 victory over Autonoma de Nuevo Leon from Monterrey, Mexico.
Cove posted a 7-4 record last season. The Bulldawgs finished 5-3 in District 12-6A play.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football
District 5-5A Division II Predictions
7. Waco University
9. Arlington Seguin