Lone Star Gridiron

11 Champions still alive in playoffs!

As we get set to kick off the Area round of the Texas high school football playoffs, 11 out of the 12 State Champions for 2013 are still alive in the playoffs.  Only the smallest champion - Class 1A Division II's Grandfalls-Royalty Cowboys are home watching the playoffs.

The winners last year were:

5A Division I – Allen
5A Division II – Cedar Hill
4A Division I – Denton Guyer
4A Division II – Aledo
3A Division I – Carthage
3A Division II – Argyle
2A Division I – Cameron Yoe
2A Division II – Cisco
1A Division I – Stamford
1A Division II – Wellington
6-Man Division I – Crowell
6-Man Division II – Grandfalls-Royalty

Prior to the start of the season, we polled Texas high school football fans and asked "Which team is most likely to repeat as state champion?"  The team with the greatest percentage of fans saying they would repeat was the Allen Eagles - but even that was considered unlikely at 23%.  Here is what the fans thought:

Allen Eagles - 23.08%
Aledo Bearkats - 20.51%
Cisco Loboes - 10.26%
Cedar Hill Longhorns - 10.26%
Cameron Yoe Yoemen - 8.97%
Argyle Eagles - 8.97%
Denton Guyer Wildcats - 7.69%
Stamford Bulldogs - 5.13%
Carthage Bulldogs - 3.85%
Wellington Skyrockets - 1.28%
Grandfalls-Royalty Cowboys - 0%
Crowell Wildcats - 0%

Denton Guyer appears to have one of the toughest roads as they not only moved up in class, but they are in the same region as Cedar Hill and Southlake Carroll - not to mention the host of great teams they would face if they made it out of the region.  Allen too is facing what could be their biggest playoff test this week against DeSoto.  Carthage (6-5) appears to be one of the most overmatched of the remaining previous champions and they will face potential state finalists every week.

What do you think?  How would you adjust your picks for repeat champions?

by Chris Doelle

 

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