By DAVID CLAYBOURN
One of the favorite summer pastimes of football fans in this state is reading “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine.”
The magazine, which is now out on local newsstands, has been chronicling the state’s favorite sport since 1960. Not only are there stories and photos about the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, but also about all of the state’s college football and high school football teams.
Last season’s Heisman Trophy winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, is on the cover of this summer’s edition with the title: Encore!
Brock Callaway, of LSCscoop.com and a commentator on KETR-FM’s football broadcasts, profiles the Lone Star Conference and mentions the hiring of Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Colby Carthel as the Lions’ new head football coach. Carthel is the son of Don Carthel, head coach at West Texas A&M, which is on the Lions’ schedule.
“If we lose, I’ll probably lose my job,” Don Carthel said in Callaway’s story.
Callaway, by the way, picks West Texas A&M to finish first in the conference and the Lions to wind up sixth, one spot ahead of Eastern New Mexico.
The magazine devotes most of its coverage to high school football and predicts the finish of each district.
The Greenville Lions, with Marvin Sedberry back for his second straight season with the Lions, were picked to finish eighth again in District 13-4A one place behind Royse City, with new head coach David Petroff. Sedberry previously coached the Lions from 1992-2000 and from 2002-2003. Texas Football picked Lucas Lovejoy to win the district title.
Nevada Community, which improved from 0-10 to 4-6 last season, was picked to finish fifth again in District 12-3A though the Braves return Jordan Graham at quarterback. Melissa, a 9-3 area finalist last season, got the top spot.
Quinlan Ford and Emory Rains were picked to finish fourth and fifth in District 14-3A, with Kaufman getting the top spot. Ford was an 8-4 area finalist team last season but lost some top players to graduation. Rains was 0-10.
Farmersville, a 6-5 playoff team last season, is favored by the magazine to win District 6-2A Division I with Commerce in second and Caddo Mills fourth. Commerce was a 7-5 area finalist last season. Caddo Mills was 3-7.
Leonard, which was a 7-3 playoff team in 2012, earned a runner-up position in Texas Football’s rankings for District 7-2A Division II. Gunter is favored to win the district.
Wolfe City’s picked to make the playoffs again from District 8-A Division I. The Wolves, who were 6-6 area finalists last season, claimed the runner-up spot behind Honey Grove. Quinlan Boles (5-5 last season) was ranked fourth and Celeste (3-7) was fifth.
Cumby wound up fourth in the rankings for District 10-A Division II, with Maud getting the top spot. Tom Dracos, former Greenville Lions assistant coach, is the Trojans’ new head coach.
Fannindel took the spot spot in the magazine’s rankings for six-man District 15, with Campbell in third.
Greenville Christian School, 1-9 last season, was picked to finish sixth in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ District 6 for six-man. Returning state champion Dallas Covenant got the top spot.