Texas Football Magazine ranks 17 big country football teams in the top 25 for the 2022 season | KTAB

The latest issue of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine is making its way to the people of the Lone Star State, and according to this popular publication, 17 big country football teams are heading into the upcoming school year.

Head Coach Mike Fullen’s Abilene High Eagles are relegated to Class 5a Division One this season and are expected to finish 2nd in their new district. 12 positions are occupied by returning starters, and seven of those players are on the defensive side of the ball. Beckham Paul takes a look at the quarterback.

Texas Football Magazine has three teams from Districts 2-5A Division One in the top 25. Amarillo Tascosa is 10th in the state and the district favorite, Abilene High is 12th, and Division One freshman Lubbock Cooper is 17th.

In Class 5A Division Two, the Cooper Cougars are gearing up for their first season in Division Two, and Texas Football Magazine expects it to be a good one. Head Coach Aaron Roan’s team has five offensive starters, including quarterback Chris Warren, and six defensive starters.

The Cougars are ranked second and Texas Football says they are the 24th best team in the state in Class 5A Division Two. District favorite Wichita Falls Rider starts the season seventh.

In Class 3A, the Jim Ned Indians replace many players in key positions but are still ranked 5th in Class 3A Division One.

The Early Longhorns are 15th in Class 3A Division Two and the Eastland Mavericks are 23rd to start the new year.

Onward to Class 2A, where three Big Country schools rank in the top 10 in Division One. Hawley made his first-ever state championship appearance in 2021, finishing 5th in the preseason. The Bearcats are closely followed by Coleman and Cisco in 9th and 10th place respectively.

In Class 2A Division Two, the Albany Lions are the state’s highest-ranked team to make the opener. The Roscoe Plowboys made the top 25 and slipped to 24th place.

There are seven six-man soccer teams from the big country heading into the new season. In Class 1A Division One, the highest-ranked team is the defending champion Westbrook Wildcats, followed by May in third. Then Knox City, Hermleigh and Gorman are all 17th, 18th and 19th respectively.

In Class 1A Division Two, Throckmorton sits eighth while Loraine comes in 14th.

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