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District 7-4A football season preview

DISTRICT 7-4A

  • Arlington Seguin (4-7, 4-3 in 8-4A) lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Carlos Lynn

  • Burleson (7-4, 3-3 in 3-5A) lost in 5A DI bi-district. Coach: Jason Tucker

  • Cleburne (6-4, 3-4 in 16-4A). Coach: Phil Young

  • Crowley (3-7, 2-5 in 8-4A). Coach: Chris James

  • Everman (11-3, 6-1 in 8-4A) lost in DII state quarterfinals. Coach: Dale Keeling

  • Granbury (1-9, 1-6 in 8-4A). Coach: Scotty Pugh

  • Joshua (2-8, 0-7 in 8-4A). Coach: Jerry Bird

  • Mansfield Summit (4-6, 3-3 in 4-5A). Coach: Travis Pride

THE BIG QUESTION: Can Everman continue to finish near the top of a district beefed up by realignment?

Former Class 5A schools Burleson and Mansfield Summit and a solid Cleburne program should challenge the Bulldogs.

In the last five seasons at the Class 4A level, Everman has advanced at least three rounds in the playoffs and twice made it as far as the state semifinals (2008, 2009.) Everman hasn’t missed the playoffs since 1998.

Everman coach Dale Keeling has done it with old school football built around a running game and defense while others opted for pass-happy attacks.

Burleson was a 5A playoff team last year. Summit narrowly missed the playoffs in 4-5A, which produced to regional finalists. Cleburne challenged for a playoff berth in a stacked 16-4A last season, and Arlington Seguin is coming off its fourth playoff appearance in the school’s six varsity seasons.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

RB Lewis Washington, DL Devin Benton, Mansfield Summit; LB Josh Green, QB Dorsey Griffin, Arlington Seguin; RB Cory Franklin, DB James Bailey, Everman; OL Bobby Lynch, DL Tyler Tritten, Burleson; RB L.J. Holmes, OL/DL Alex Woody, Cleburne; LB Dayrell Freeman, WR LaBradford Harrold, Crowley; DB Ryan Rodriguez, Granbury; WR Michael Keeton, Joshua.

DID YOU KNOW?

Old rivals Burleson and Cleburne, separated by 17 miles, are together in the same district for the first time since 2001.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS

  1. Everman

  2. Burleson

  3. Mansfield Summit

  4. Cleburne