Winter Magazine Sneak Peek
A glimpse at the 2A, 1A and private school Davey Awards.
2013 Winter Edition
The 2013 Winter Edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football will be hitting shelves across Texas later this month, but you can reserve your copy today in the TexasFootball.com store! Featuring recaps for every college team in the state, a complete high school recap, loads of recruiting info and more — including a captivating look at Johnny Manziel's unforgettable Heisman season — it's a must-read for all true football fans! Reserve your copy today!
One of the most popular features of the Winter Edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football are the Davey Awards, which gives us a way to recognize the best, most exceptional aspects of the high school football season. We hand out three Davey awards in each high school classification -- from 5A down to six-man -- but they're not necessarily from the same categories. Think of the award fitting the accomplishment, and not the accomplishment fitting the reward. two-page recap of the season that was for each FBS program in Texas, including a lookahead to 2013. And with the college football season now officially over, each program faces its share of questions.
In this exclusive sneak peek inside the 2013 Winter Edition, here's a look at some of the Davey Awards we handed out for Class 2A, Class 1A and private schools.
Game of the Year
Munday 34, Stamford 27 (Week 1)
It’s not often that the reigning state runners-up – and eventual state champions – square off in non-district play, but the state was treated to a gem between the Moguls and Bulldogs. Stamford fell behind 14-0 early, but rallied behind star QB Hagen Hutchinson to pull the Bulldogs even in the fourth quarter. Munday surged back in front on Tyrone Neskorik’s touchdown run, but left Stamford plenty of time for a tying (or game-winning score). But Hutchinson was picked off by his quarterback counterpart Dee Paul, sealing the win for the Moguls. It would be Stamford’s lone loss on the year, but both would hoist a state championship trophy at season’s end.
Offense of the Year
Who says that running the ball is old-fashioned? The Eagles showed that keeping the ball on the ground and being explosive are not mutually exclusive, getting three players – RBs Kevin Shorter and Brandon Johnson and QB D.J. Dean – over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. But the Eagles, who ran through the regular season unbeaten, saved their biggest performances for the playoffs. In their three playoff wins, Newton rang up 199 points, including 1,449 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground, averaging over 10 yards per carry in that span.
Surprise Team of the Year
New Braunfels Christian
It’s been a tumultuous few years for New Braunfels Christian. The Wildcats have bounced in and out of TAPPS over the past few years, including spending the past two seasons as an independent six-man program, where they rang up a 7-8 record. But all of that changed in 2012, as coach Jeremy Newman led the Wildcats to an unforgettable season, going 9-3 and winning a first-round playoff game. Between the heroics of QB Dristen Newman and WR Trevor Wilson – both juniors – the Wildcats put together a season that showed that they are here to stay.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.