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Texas Football predictions for Panthers, Broncos and Eagles

The Liberty Panthers and Dayton Broncos football teams are both expected to face some tough district competition this year, with two teams from each of their respective districts ranked in the state preseason Top 10. That assessment is according to a well-known magazine called Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. The storied periodical projects the Liberty Panthers will advance to post-season while the Dayton Broncos will just miss out on playoff action this year. Texas Football is on newsstands now with its annual gridiron prognostications. A reminder - this is the first year of the UIL realignments for the 2018 thru 2020 school years. The Dayton Broncos and Barbers Hill Eagles are part of District 21-5A, Division 2. That big eight-team district also includes Crosby from last year and goes east by adding Nederland, Port Neches-Groves, Santa Fe and Vidor and south to Baytown Lee. According to predictions in Texas Football magazine, the Port Neches-Groves Indians start the year ranked fifth in the state for Class 5A with the Crosby Cougars seventh overall. By UIL rule, four teams from each Class 5A district advance to the playoffs. The Indians are expected to claim the District 21-5A title followed closely by the Cougars. The Nederland Bulldogs are slotted in third place. The Barbers Hill Eagles, under the direction of third-year Athletic Director and Head Coach Tom Westerberg, are picked to advance to post-season as the fourth place team in District 21-5A. If all goes according to Dave Campbell’s predictions, the Dayton Broncos, led by third-year Athletic Director and Head Coach Jeff Nations, would just miss out on the playoffs as the fifth place team in district. Rounding out the magazine’s picks for District 21-5A are Vidor, Santa Fe and Baytown Lee. Turning to the Liberty Panthers, their five-team district also includes state powerhouse West Orange-Stark plus Hardin-Jefferson, Hamshire-Fannett and newly added Silsbee. West-Orange Stark has advanced to the state title game the past four years, winning two championships. The Texas Football Top 20 for Class 4A projects the West Orange-Stark Mustangs to again vie for the state title, starting the season ranked Number 1 in Division II. The Silsbee Tigers are close behind as the fourth place team in the pre-season poll. The prognosticators at Texas Football expect West Orange-Stark to win the District 12-4A championship with Silsbee claiming second. The Liberty Panthers, led by sixth-year Athletic Director and Head Coach Chad Taylor, are projected to finish third in their very strong district. By UIL rule, four teams from each Class 4A district will advance to the state playoffs. Texas Football writers expect Hardin-Jefferson to move on as the fourth place team with only Hamshire-Fannett missing out on the playoffs from District 12-4A. Once more, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine is now on newsstands. Published since 1960, those gridiron experts pick the Barbers Hill Eagles and Crosby Cougars to advance to post-season out of District 21-5A with the Liberty Panthers of District 12-4A also making the playoffs. KSHN will have more details from the magazine’s roundup of those teams as well as other schools in Liberty and Chambers counties in coming newscasts.


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