Dave Campbell's: It's a Big Country 3-way battle in district 4-3A DII
We wrap up class 3A Dave Campbell's previews with arguably the toughest district in Division II. And this will be a battle all the way to the final game of the season.
Cisco, Coleman, and Eastland are all seemingly big threats this fall season in 4-3A DII. Brent West's Loboes, who were 7-0 in district, return Dillon Brunson and Cecil Beasly to the defense for some veteran leadership, while Kase Gayle will take the reins of quarterback, with the graduation of Taylor Massey. For Coleman, John Elder's bunch bring back an all-out threat in Bryson Hammonds at both QB and linebacker. Hammonds lead the Bluecats who finished as regional semifinalists, with 1,452 yards and 22 TD's rushing, and 1,211 yards passing with 19 TD's. He also recorded 4 sacks and 4 INT's in 2015. Coleman, who also return 17 starters, will key in on defense as the Bluecats go for revenge. The Eastland Mavericks may have a new coach in James Morton, but Chris Martinez will help lead the offense after just missing a 1,000 yard rushing season. Mason Wright will have big shoes to fill at QB, as he replaces graduation senior Josh Gosnell. But the other area team, Bangs, could be a sleeper pick with the return of Colton Brewer at quarterback, and moving Tanner James to defensive end. The Dragons were winless in district a year ago, and hope new faces on offense, and the return of Jack Tomme at defensive end, will help spearhead this group into a district contender.
Here's how Dave Campbell's sees the district playing out in 2016:Cisco Coleman Eastland Tolar *Dublin *Bangs
*= projected to miss playoff cut
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