By DON WALLACE
News-Telegram Sports Editor
COMO — The Como-Pickton Eagles are looking for better results as they compete in District 6-2A DI for the upcoming season.
The Eagles, a winless team a year ago, were picked sixth in the race according to the recently released edition of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine.
“A lot of the rankings are based on the past and we are looking to the future,” said Conley Bland, Como-Pickton head football coach. “Our players and coaches are very optimistic about this next season and playing the games will determine the outcome of the season, not some state wide magazine's opinion. We have a lot to prove, so it isn't surprising to see the rankings.”
The magazine picked Clarksville to win the title with Quinlan Boles in second place. Third will be the Wolves City Wolves, fourth should go to the Bogata Rivercrest Rebels and fifth to the Honey Grove Warriors.
Below is listed the order of finish predicted by the magazine with enrollment of the schoools listed in parathesis.
District 6-2A DI
Quinlan Boles (170)
Wolfe City (159)
Honey Grove (162)
Como-Pickton is looking to improve on their 0-10 record.
The Eagles had 23 returning lettermen, including nine offensive and nine defensive starters.
The squad was winless in district and only scored six points during the 2013 season, while allowing 574 points in 10 games.
Listed as a player to watch is tailback Blake Neal. Neal (6-0, 170, 4.7) is a threat to score for the Eagles.
Other top prospects are: LB Frankie Murillo, WR Luis Lopez, FB John Collins, QB Cody Fite, TB Zach Robinson, OL Dakota Payton, LB Carlos Villasenor, OL Tanner Childers, TE Brazos Knight and DL Blake Pegues.
The Clarksville Tigers are coming off a 4-7 season, the finished as a DII bi-district finalist.
Players to watch include: QB Terrence Tinnell (5-11, 170, 4.7), WR Trevin Dockins (5-8, 160, 4.7). Top juniors: LB Frankie Olquin, WR Keshon Moore. Top sophomore is DE Clashon Gaffney.
Tinnell threw for 1,500 yards in 2013 and ran for 600 more for the team. Dockins caught passes for 750 yards and five scores.
Defensive leaders returning include Gaffney with 49 tackles, 12 for losses and Demondra Bell with 64 tackles.
The Quinlan Boles Hornets are picked second, despite winning nine games in 2013. The team was an area finalist in DI Class 1A action last season.
Players to watch: QB Cameron Walker (6-1, 195, 4.6), DL Chris Sumrall (6-3, 320, 5.3) and LB David Hernandez (6-2, 210, 4.8). Top juniors: DL Bailey Cruise, OL Todd Sims.
Wolfe City has seven offensive and eight defensive starters returning from a 5-6 playoff team.
Players to watch include: Brandon Zisk (6-1, 180, 4.6), OL Andre Brown (6-0, 285, 5.2); DB/WR Hunter Bostick (5-9, 168, 4.7).
Zisk threw for 1,600 yards and ran for 353 yards; Bostick was a double threat, he made 14 catches for 278 yards on offense, defensively he made 68 tackles and picked off eight passes.
Bogata Rivercrest is looking to move up from the 1-9 mark they posted in 2013.
Players to watch: LB Croix Parrott (6-2, 190), OL Hayden Hanks (6-3, 260), LB Wyatt Tabb (6-1, 170).
Hanks is a first team all-district player and standout on both sides of the ball.
The Honey Grove Warriors are coming off a 2-8 year. They have 12 returning lettermen, five starters on defense and six on offense.
QB Bobbie Newman is one of the standouts returning. He had 511 yards passing and almost 300 rushing.
Other standouts are: OL Jonathan Clark (6-0,310, 5.4) OL Drew Rhodes (6-1, 295, 5.3) LB Carter Patrick (6-0, 180, 4.6). Top juniors are LB Hoss McElroy and OL Xza Epps.
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