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FarmersvilleNevada CommunityDallas RooseveltDallas Lincoln
There are three tiers in District 8-4A Division II from last year that will most likely play out the same way in 2019.
In the first tier are Sunnyvale and Caddo Mills. They finished first and second, respectively, in district and were the only teams to finish with both winning records in district and winning records overall.
Sunnyvale finished 9-1, suffering its only loss in the first round of the playoffs to Gilmer. The Raiders will be led by quarterback Tripp McAda ,who led them to a 7-on-7 state championship in College Station during the summer. Winning the 7-on-7 state title usually bodes well for those teams the following fall high school season. Along with McAda and his 40 total TDs a year ago, running back Emmanuel Arinze is back to build on his 2018 campaign and 12 other starters from last year's team.
Caddo Mills struggled early last year, going 2-2 before a 4-1 record in district play. Tyler Townley is back at quarterback to lead the Foxes' offense after racking up more than 2,100 total yards and 26 touchdowns. Caddo Mills brings back 14 starters from a year ago and 21 lettermen overall, looking to continue its upward trend.
In the middle tier will be a three-way battle for the final two playoff spots between Farmersville, Nevada Community and Dallas Roosevelt.
Farmersville makes a jump into the playoff picture bringing back 14 starters from last year's young team and having 23 lettermen back overall. Farmersville will need wins over Nevada Community and Roosevelt to make that leap this year.
Nevada Community makes it back to the playoffs thanks to having 25 lettermen and 11 starters back from last year's team, led by two-way starter Kannon Morrow, who was all-district on both sides of the ball.
Unfortunately, that leaves Roosevelt on the outside looking in as it only brings back 10 lettermen from a year ago. Roosevelt is unproven at quarterback coming into the year, which could make it challenging to get the ball to its playmakers.
MVP: QB/LB Tripp McAda, Sunnyvale
Offensive MVP: QB Tyler Towney, Caddo Mills
Defensive MVP: LB Devin Sterling, Sunnyvale
Breakout Player of the Year: RB Jacquez Simpson, Farmersville
Sleeper Team: Nevada Community
Dallas Wilmer-HutchinsDallas Carter
AlvaradoDallas PinkstonCarrollton RanchviewDallas HillcrestNorth Dallas
After a 9-2 season but getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs, Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins seems primed to win another district title and go deeper into the playoffs. Eleven starters return from last year's squad, including quarterback Kyle Douglas, Jr., who passed for nearly 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns. He'll have his top skill position targets back as well with wideouts Bontay Duncan and Jalen Moore along with running back Montay Duncan.
On paper, Wilmer-Hutchins looks like the clear-cut favorite in 8-4A after a 6-0 district record last year - a goal that seems quite possible again this year.
Dallas Carter might be Wilmer-Hutchins' biggest threat this year as the Cowboys return 14 starters from last year's team and 27 lettermen. Defensive end Randy Anthony and defensive lineman Branard Wright provide the ability to cause disruption up front and stymie opposing offenses. Carter will need Kace Williams to build on the foundation laid last year in his sophomore season - passing for 2,010 yards and tossing 25 touchdown passes.
Alvarado drops a bit this year but should comfortably make the playoffs again simply because the defense is a bit young. Only four starters return from last year's team, so the offense will have to carry the load, especially early on. Coach Jeff Dixon only has 17 lettermen returning to the 2019 squad, so a dip in the standings is certainly possible.
The final playoff spot, in what might be view as a bit of a shock, is Dallas Pinkston. Tail-coating off the success from last year in Derek Lewis' first season as head coach, it's within the realm of possibility to see Pinkston to take another leap and make the playoffs this year. Defense will definitely need to improve from last year, but with six starters back on that side of the ball it can be done.
A team that will certainly challenge for the last playoff spot - and has been predicted by others to get back - is Carrollton Ranchview, which returns 11 starters from a year ago.
MVP: ATH Dorian Windley, Carrollton Ranchview
Offensive MVP: QB Kyle Douglas Jr., Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins
Defensive MVP: S Elzie Barnett Jr., Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins
Breakout Player of the Year: RB Colby Sampson, Alvarado
Sleeper Team: Dallas Pinkston