Texas Football Magazine predicts Badgers to finish third, Hornets second
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine, which hit newsstands last week, predicts the Lampasas football team to finish third in District 8-3A. The magazine also predicts the Lometa football team to finish second in District 9-6M.
In district 8-3A, the magazine predicts Liberty Hill to win the district, with Brownwood taking the second playoff spot before Lampasas. The Badgers are the projected Division 1 playoff team from the district, because Lampasas has the largest enrollment of the three projected playoff teams.
“Honestly, it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish,” Lampasas head coach Jimmy Randolph said. “I’m honored that they think enough of us to pick us in the top three, but you’ve still got 10 games to play. They’re usually pretty close to right, but sometimes they can danger you, too. You can’t put a lot of stock into it, because we’re still seven weeks from even starting, so there’s a lot that can still happen.
“No one’s going to win a state championship off of what Dave Campbell predicts.”
The magazine says, “Departed coach Joey McQueen reversed this program’s fortunes, leading the team to its first playoff win in 13 years last season, but now the Badgers have to move into a new era. A veteran defense, led by defensive ends [Ray] Galbraith and [John Cole] Vann, should be salty. Expect RB [Robby] Hall to get plenty of work in Lampasas’ ground-based offense.”
The magazine predicts Gatesville to finish fourth, Burnet fifth and Llano sixth in the district.
Meanwhile, in District 9-6M, the Hornets are projected to finish second behind Zephyr.
The magazine says, “RB [Kolby] Hesbrook will be called upon to carry the pigskin again in 2012. SE [Shane] Stone also is back.”
Stone is also listed as the returning leading receiver in the district, as he had 664 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2011.