NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The Texas High School Football season is right around the corner.
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It is no secret that East Texas is a hotbed in the discussion.
“East Texas has it all,” DCTF Managing Editor Greg Tepper said. “If you are looking for blue chip prospects and you want to see the top prospects play at the biggest level then you got that at 6A. If you want quality football in 6-man then just drop down to 1A and you have it. You have it all.”
Tepper pointed out that there is plenty of big teams that should emerge as contenders such as Longview in 6A, John Tyler and Lufkin in 5A, Carthage and Jasper in 4A and Newton in 3A.
What they do see as one of the most stacked regions in the state is at the 2A DI level in Region III.
“2A DI in East Texas is hard to do better in any other part of the state,” Tepper said. “It is one of the most fun regions from top to bottom.”
To start you have to look at San Augustine. The Wolves have won back-to-back regional titles. The Wolves were young last year but grew and by the end shocked a lot of people.
“San Augustine was a year early,” Tepper said. “We kind of projected this to be the breakout year for the Wolves. There are very few teams in the state that bring back all starters on one side of the ball and San Augustine does that with the offense.”
San Augustine is on the top of the mountain with everyone ready to knock them off.
After last year’s meltdown in the regional final that saw the Wolves make halftime adjustments and pick apart a very good Tenaha team, first year coach for the Tiger’s Robert Tamplin is eager to get revenge this year.
“I am excited to see what he does,” Tepper said. “He thinks they are ready for the big leap and I tend to agree with him.”
Tenaha’s district rival Garrison also has a chip on their shoulders against San Augustine after falling to the Wolves in the regional semi-final.
“I think Larry Prince is a really underrated coach in Texas,” Tepper said. “They are a 10 win team that brings back a lot of what they had last year. The main weapon is Sebastian Porter. By the end of the season he will be a household name. What I like about him is that he doesn’t mind getting hit. He is a tough back and you do not see that much.”
Another team to not count out in the race for a regional title would be the Carlilse Indians.
The Indians looked like the favorite to win the region and contend for state but lost to Tenaha in the regional semifinals.
“Don’t count out a team like the Carlilse Indians,” Tepper said. “They are a team that felt like they were knocked out one or two rounds too early.”
Below is the full interview with Greg Tepper.