SAN SABA, Texas — The saying goes, “When one door closes, another one opens.” For San Saba, the door in Region II has closed.
The Armadillos are now in District 4, which means they’re out of Bosqueville and Crawford’s region after two years of terrorizing Central Texas’ 2A Div. I teams.
For the McLennan County staples in 2A Div. I, a new door has opened as San Saba’s departure has led to the UIL to renew the Bosqueville-Crawford rivalry in District 7-2A Div. I.
“I think if you win District 7, you’re no worse than a co-favorite to make it to a semifinal,” Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Managing Editor Greg Tepper said.
The famous magazine has the Pirates, ranked 12th in the preseason, picked to edge Bosqueville for the district crown.
Marlin, 2-8 in 2019 after an 0-10 campaign in 2018, moves to District 8 where DCTF has the Bulldogs projected to finish third and make the playoffs for the first time since 2017, the school’s final season in 3A Div. II.
Tepper said District 12, which features Thorndale, now led by new Head Coach John Kovar, Holland, Bruceville-Eddy, Moody and Rosebud-Lott has a clear divide.
He said there’s the top tier of Thorndale, Hearne and Holland followed by Thrall and Bruceville-Eddy, who will compete for the fourth playoff spot. After that are the Bearcats and Cougars.
In Division II, all eyes move immediately toward District 10 which features three-time reigning state champion Mart, ranked atop the preseason 2A Div. II rankings, and No. 7 Bremond.
“It’s, arguably, the best 1-2 punch in the state,” Tepper said.
Tepper said the Panthers are the prohibitive favorite to win a fourth-straight state championship in 2020 after they beat Hamlin with a team loaded with sophomores in 2019.
“This could be Mart’s best team ever,” Tepper said. “And that’s saying something.”
Watch our full conversation with Tepper below.
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