By CLINT FOSTER
The summer issue of Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine hit shelves this past week, and with it began the annual procession of eager anticipation toward another long-awaited football season.
As it does every summer, hope springs eternal for football programs from middle school to the NFL across the Lone Star State. But as they always do, the folks at Texas Football had some specific thoughts and projections about how they feel the high school football teams in and around Palo Pinto County will fare in 2014.
Many thoughts about area schools were particularly eye-grabbing, so here's a rundown of the highlights.
Dave Campbell loves the Greyhounds this season.
In addition to tabbing senior quarterback Harrison Nowak as an honorable mention for the Class 1A Coverboy, the magazine ranked Strawn as the fourth-best team in the state in Class 1A-Division 1 and an early favorite to claim the District 10 title.
Despite being tied for the smallest enrollment in their new district, it's easy understand Dave's confidence in the 'Hounds. Nowak has thrown for more than 5,000 yards in the past two seasons and a winning pedigree combined with multiple returning starters from last year's state quarterfinalist team should equal continued success.
As for the rival Gordon Longhorns, who will be reunited with Strawn as district foes after a brief hiatus, Dave is less optimistic, predicting a third-place district finish with May edging them out for the second playoff spot.
It's reasonable for the Texas Football staff to anticipate some growing pains for the Rams in 2014. With Gerald Perry in his first year as the Rams' head coach and a new home in an extremely tough District 4-4A-DI, the magazine projected a last-place finish for the Rams this year.