We wrap up our week-long series, with a look at how Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine sees Texoma's 6-man teams and districts shaping up.
The #1-ranked defending champion Throckmorton Greyhounds bring back more than half of last year's letterwinners, including Gary Farquhar, who is listed as an honorable mention for Six-Man Coverboy honors. He is also predicted as the district's offensive MVP.
One important change the Magazine points out is that Throckmorton moves from District 9, which is in Region III, to District 8, which is in Region II.
That changes the playoff road, with the 'Hounds going west instead of east.
They could face #2 Ira in the second round of the playoffs.
The Crowell Wildcats are picked second in this tough district, which features four playoff teams from last year.
They lose 1000-yard rusher Caleb Matthews to graduation, but they bring back quarterback Kody Knight.
He was the leading Six-Man quarterback in Texoma last year, in terms of both passing yards and touchdowns, with over 2500 yards and 39 scores.
The Wildcats bring back about half their starting lineup, but will be young beyond that.
The Knox City Greyhounds are coming off back-to-back deep playoff runs, but this year Dave Campbell's has them out of the playoffs in this tougher district.
They return just two lettermen from last year, both of them two-way starters.
Keep the name Krys Campos in mind. As a sophomore this fall, he's listed at 6'2", and 225 pounds. If he can keep his speed as he grows, he may be a monster in the years to come.
Another team that made a deep playoff run last year was Bryson.
The Cowboys reached the Regional Finals in Division II, but they could suffer with the move not only to Division I, but to this loaded district.
Tino Ortiz was All-State last year and will need to keep it up this fall. Julian Helms was all-state, as well, as a freshman last year. They'll need to lead the way for Bryson to compete.
Texoma's only team in District 12-6M Div. I is Saint Jo.
The Panthers just missed out on the playoffs last year in a weak district, falling to Gold-Burg in a rare district rematch.
They stay in a district with Irving Universal, but add 11-Man drop-down Savoy and a weak Waxahatchie Advantage team with just one win to show for the past three seasons.
With four starters back on each side of the ball, the Panthers can definitely reach the playoffs.
The Newcastle Bobcats are looking good. DCTF has them ranked #7 in Division II.
Running back Michael Moreno comes back for his senior season. He was the third-leading rusher among Texoma Six-Man players last year, with nearly 1600 yards.
Tyler Mays threw for over 1000 yards and 19 touchdowns.
They're not the only players coming back. Thirteen lettermen and three starters on each side of the ball are back for the Bobcats, who reached the state semifinals last season.
Dave Campbell's thinks Woodson will take the second playoff spot in the district.
The Cowboys have 12 of 15 letterwinners coming back and four starters on each side of the ball.
They were two-and-eight last year, but experience could be key for the Cowboys.
On the other hand, just outside the playoffs is where Dave Campbell's has the Forestburg Longhorns.
They bring back about two-thirds of last year's letter winners, but all four graduates were two-way starters, leaving the lineup a little bare.
The magazine points out a strong sophomore class as a reason why the Longhorns could challenge Woodson for the second and final playoff spot in the district.
The Gold-Burg Bears reached the playoffs last year despite just three wins.
They won a key game against Saint Jo in district after losing a non-district game to the Panthers earlier in the season.
This year they'll play in a much-tougher district though, so they'll need to count on senior running back Zack Ingram, who scored 18 touchdowns last season, to carry them.
The Chillicothe Eagles drop down to Division II this year, sitting in District 10-6M Div. II.
Of the teams that make up the district, not one reached the playoffs in their prior districts last year. That could make the athletic Eagles the favorite.
It's usually a good sign for a six-man team when Dave Campbell's lists eleven players in your entry, which the Eagles have this year. They should be bolstered by some nice athleticism from last year's J.V. team coming up to the Varsity.
Last year's Harrold Hornets finished 4-6, losing their only two district games to Bryson and Forestburg.
This year they should find that schedule a little lighter, making them Texas Football Magazine's pick for the second playoff spot in District Ten.
They also bring back nine of a dozen lettermen from last year, including four starters on each side of the ball.
Coach's son Matt Templeton reportedly grew five inches this off-season and could be a force off the end.
The Northside Indians struggled to one win over the past two seasons in Division I.
But a drop down to Division II, and bringing the entire team back from last season, gives hope that the glory days could be coming back to Vernon, where the Indians were state champs just six seasons ago.
Running back Jody Brandt and quarterback Justin Faulkner combined for over 1500 yards last year.
Benjamin is unsure whether they'll field a team this fall, with only 11 boys in the high school.
TAPPS 6M Div. II
The Notre Dame Knights are picked #5 in the pre-season among all private Six-Man divisions.
They're the highest-ranked TAPPS Division II team, making them state title contenders, if not favorites.
Cody McElroy is the pre-season offensive MVP for all of TAPPS Six-Man Division II. He was the leading Six-Man rusher in Texoma last fall, second overall only to Dee Paul, with 2,023 yards and 46 touchdowns.
The Knights return five starters on both sides of the ball, losing just one senior (Tim Ahrens) from last year.
After losing in the state semifinals last season, Dave Campbell's says this year the Knights might, "finish the job," and take home the title.
Wichita Christian brings back 10 of 12 lettermen from last season, including their entire offense.
It's bad timing for the Stars that most of the district seems to be saying something similar.
Brent Holsberry and Zack Byrd will need to lead the way and the defense must get better for the Stars to compete. They'll need to beat Christ Academy and either #5 Notre Dame, #6 Granbury Happy Hill or Brownwood Victory Life to reach the playoffs.
Christ Academy didn't send in their questionnaire to Dave Campbell's, but they will bring almost everyone back this fall, as well.
The only upperclassman last year was Jaydon Eastman, and there were eight 8th-graders playing last season, so the Warriors' numbers could double this fall in their third season of Varsity ball.