Kirk Weldon (courtesy)
When the annual edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football hits the newsstands, it is a sure sign that high school football is just around the corner. This year's edition of the "Bible of High School Football" paints a very different picture of the Jacksboro Tigers than last year's edition did.
Last year, the Tigers were predicted to finish last in District. This year, the magazine picks the Tigers to continue their winning ways from last year, picking the Tigers to win District 5-2A.
In fact, the magazine was so impressed with the Tigers that in a possible playoff scenario, Jacksboro is picked to advance to the Regional finals and matchup with last year's state finalist the Corsicana Mildred Eagles in December.
David Stretcher (courtesy)
Kirk Weldon (Sr) was selected as the preseason Offensive MVP in the District. Weldon is coming off a season where he recorded over 2,000 yards of total offense and 21 touchdowns. He will enter the season as the leading returning passer in the District. One of his prime targets this year will be David Stretcher (Sr), who will enter the year as the leading statistical receiver in the District.
The defense will be anchored by Garrett "Bubba" Johnson (Sr) whose 109 tackles led the team last year. Johnson also led the team in tackles his Sophomore year.
Overall, the Tigers will return seven starters on both offense and defense. In addition to Weldon, Johnson, and Stretcher, the magazine lists several other key players for the Tigers.
Kade Rodie (Sr) and C.J. Hamman (Sr) will help to anchor the offensive and defensive lines. Triston Montgomery (Sr) and Jesse Herd (Sr) will be key components on defense and Cooper Tisdale (Sr) will continue to play a vital role as a receiver. Seth Rogers (Sr) and Austin Hansen (Sr) will return to play significant roles as well. Antonio Murillo (Sr) will look to build on his season that saw him named as the first team All-District kicker. Chase Thompson (Jr) is listed as a player to watch as well.
Bubba Johnson (courtesy)
Championships in print are awarded in July, with last year's success coupled with a bevy of returning talent for the Tigers, has hopes high for a successful season that will start with two-a-day workouts Aug. 5.