By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
Rejoice! Dave Campbell’s 2015 Texas Football High School Preview guide is out. The annual high football preview lexicon hit the newsstands last Friday and many received their copy by mail.
DCTF featured over 200 pages of high school previews, including their Super Team Offense and Defense teams.
Zach Shackleford, the Belton Tigers’ 6-4, 300-pound offensive lineman, was named to the DCTF/National Federation of High School Athletics (NFHS) First Team Super Team offense.
The guide also previewed Texas’ NFL representatives, the Cowboys and Texans, the state’s NCAA Division I, II and III teams.
Belton, the largest enrollment for District 12-6A with 2,916, was picked to finish fourth in the district behind Waco Midway, Copperas Cove and Killeen Shoemaker. Killeen, Harker Heights and Killeen Ellison were picked fifth through seventh respectively.
The Tigers, finished 6-6 overall in 2014, going 2-2 in non-district, 3-3 in District 12-6A for a fourth place finish and 1-1 in the UIL Class 6A Playoffs, defeating Garland and falling to Dallas Skyline.
This is to wet the football whistle a bit, as the 2015 Belton Journal Fall Sports Preview will come out on August 28.
UMHB predicted to win the ASC
“If anyone wants to win the ASC they’ll have to take down Goliath.”
That is the headline of the American Southwest Conference preview publicized in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine that hit the newsstands and bookshelves last Friday.
Who are they referencing? The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
The owners of a 54-game regular-season winning streak and a conference-record 37-game ASC winning streak, UMHB is primed for another ASC Championship run. The Crusaders have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs for 11 consecutive seasons, being one of two teams to claim such a feat.
The ASC will have a different look this season, with McMurry rejoining the ASC and Bellhaven joining the conference. The pair are ineligible to win the conference title.
Regardless of the changes, UMHB is still the team to beat in the ASC and the bull’s-eye does not shrink. Hardin-Simmons, Louisiana College, East Texas Baptist, Sul Ross State and Howard Payne were selected second through sixth place respectively in the DCTF ASC predictions.
The Belton Journal will have a complete preview of the 2015 UMHB Football team, as well of UMHB Mens and Womens Soccer and Volleyball teams in the Belton Journal’s University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Fall Sports Preview, coming out in the September 3rd paper.