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Canyon Lake senior linebacker Greyson Lee (8) was chosen by DCTF as the District 14-4A-I Preseason Defensive MVP. Lee registered 85 tackles and five sacks during his junior year. The Hawks were predicted to be runners-up to Liberty Hill in district play.

The pigskin prognosticators at Dave Campbell’s Texas Football have released their forecast for the upcoming 2018 season on the gridiron.

In the annual summer edition of the popular magazine, which features new Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher on the cover, DCTF dished out some impressive praise — and also harsh predictions — for area high school and college teams.

Following the latest round of UIL realignment, the new-look District 26-6A adds San Marcos to an already-difficult league that features perennial powers Judson, Smithson Valley and Steele. The Rockets were picked to win the league, while the Rangers were listed as second in Texas Football’s poll.

Head coach Larry Hill’s squad also saw senior quarterback Levi Williams and senior offensive tackle Ronald Copney draw praise from the publication. Both were listed among the top 300 recruits in the Lone Star State at their respective positions, while Williams was also chosen as the 26-6A Preseason Offensive MVP.

As a junior, Williams threw for 2,111 yards and 25 touchdowns in addition to tallying 380 yards and six scores on the ground. Copney was featured in the offensive line category, with DCTF saying the 6-foot-3, 261-pound tackle “has excellent length and surprisingly agile movement for his size.”

The magazine picked Steele and Clemens to snag the final two playoff berths in District 26-6A, while New Braunfels and Canyon were predicted to finish in sixth and seventh place, respectively, behind San Marcos. East Central was picked last in the league.

Judson senior defensive end DeMarvin Leal was Texas Football’s choice for the district’s Preseason Defensive MVP.

Coming off the best season in its program’s young history, Canyon Lake was chosen as the District 14-4A Division I runner-up behind favorite Liberty Hill. The Hawks also saw senior linebacker Greyson Lee tabbed as the league’s Preseason Defensive MVP after recording 85 tackles — including 10 for loss and five sacks — during his junior year.

Fredericksburg and Taylor were DCTF’s picks to qualify for the postseason in the third- and fourth-place slots, while Lampasas and Burnet rounded out the field of teams.

In TAPPS, Schertz John Paul II was selected as the fourth-place finisher in the five-team Division III District 3. Boerne Geneva was picked to win the league, while Waco Reicher and Austin Texas School for the Deaf occupied second and third place, respectively. San Marcos Academy was chosen as the district’s cellar dweller.

In the six-man ranks, New Braunfels Christian Academy was picked third in the new Division II District 2 behind Bulverde Bracken Christian and Waco Live Oak. Temple Holy Trinity, Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills and Victoria Faith Academy rounded out the field of competitors.

Bracken Christian was chosen as the preseason favorite to win the TAPPS Six-Man Division II state title, and Warriors senior running back Presley Day was honored as the division’s Preseason Offensive MVP.

Meanwhile, Calvary Baptist Academy was chosen second in T-CAL Division II behind Corpus Christi Annapolis. Head coach James Syers’ Firebirds are heading into their third season of varsity competition.

At the collegiate level, DCTF didn’t have much love for Texas State, as the Bobcats were picked last in the Sun Belt Conference’s West Division. The magazine predicated a 4-8 overall record for Texas State in head coach Everett Withers’ third season at the helm.

The news was much better for UTSA, which was given an 8-4 preseason mark by Texas Football. The Roadrunners, who compete in Conference USA, are the favorites to earn a berth in the New Mexico Bowl — the site of the program’s first-ever bowl appearance in 2016.

Over in Seguin, Texas Lutheran was picked as the fifth-place finisher in the American Southwest Conference.

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