Dogs Picked Second in District

Crockett Ranked 13th by Texas Football Magazine

The Crockett Bulldogs are a preseason pick to capture the runner-up spot in District 11-3A DII behind defending champion Newton in next season's football race, according to Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine.

Three of the district's six teams garnered spots on the magazine's Top 20. The state finalist Newton squad is pegged at No. 2, Crockett at No. 13 and Corrigan-Camden at No. 16.
The magazine predicts District 11-3A to finish in this order: 1. Newton 2. Crockett 3. Corrigan-Camden 4. Garrison 5. Deweyville 6. Hemphill.

Head Coach Jimmy Thompson starts his second season at Crockett with eight returning starters on offense and six on defense from last season's regional semifinalist squad that posted a 7-6 record. The Bulldogs lost 16 lettermen, but will have 16 coming back.

DCTF cites Crockett's offensive arsenal led by the senior trio of quarterback Case Robinson, running back A.J. Phillips and running back Chamar Wiley-Harris.

Robinson is listed as the Class 3A's No. 3 returning passer after logging 2,975 yards last year and Phillips, a Preseason All-State selection at wide receiver, is listed third in the receiving department with 1,253 yards.

DCTF says the CHS squad boasts "toughness in the trenches" with defensive end Vunterrious Leonard and all-district offensive lineman Tyler Dowell returning.

Junior defensive back Lucky Daniels is among the top returning interception statistical leaders with six picks last season.

Corrigan-Camden running back Malyk Johnson is the magazine's District Preseason Offensive MVP and Newton linebacker Tanner Holmes is the Preseason Defensive MVP. Holmes, a senior, finished last season with 197 tackles, including 51 for losses.

The magazine projects Newton will win Region III over Franklin and reach the championship game, where No. 1 ranked East Bernard will prevail.

In its region preview, DCTF says, "Newton once again looks like the frontrunner to come out of Region III, though it'll be a different look than last year's state runner-up. The high-flying offense may take a step back, but the defense—featuring superstar linebacker Tanner Holmes—should more than make up the difference."

"But it won't be a walkover. Between defensive-minded Franklin, high-powered Crockett and even sleeper Jarrell, Region III is loaded. The common denominator here: speed, which the teams have all over the field. And it's led to one of the states most talent-rich-- and dangerous -- regions in any classification."