Euless Trinity, which last December claimed its second state championship in three years, can add a new highlight to its football resume.
The Trojans are No. 1 in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine.
The team sits atop the Class 5A preseason Top 25 compiled by the 48-year-old publication, long respected as the summer’s best source of information about Texas high school football. It went on sale Monday.
“From top to bottom, this team is a legitimate title contender, if not the outright favorite,” the magazine said.
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The Trojans, who have running back Tray Robinson and linebacker Elikena Fieilo back among 11 returning starters, are not alone in the 5A Top 25.
Seven-time state champion Southlake Carroll is No. 3, and Arlington Bowie -- coming off its best season ever, a 12-2 campaign that took it to the Division I quarterfinals -- is No. 20.
In Class 4A, Everman and Stephenville are in the top 10. Everman is No. 5, and Stephenville, with new coach Joseph Gillespie, is No. 8. (Former Stephenville coach Chad Morris has his new team, defending Division I champion Lake Travis, at No. 1).
Mansfield Timberview, returning to 4A, is No. 20, and Aledo, which must replace two-way standout Cole Loftin, is No. 21.
In 3A, Glen Rose, powered by 3,200-yard passer Derek Thompson, is No. 15.
The magazine also predicted district finishes.
The projected district winners are Bowie in 4-5A, Trinity in 5-5A, Carroll in 6-5A, Aledo in 6-4A, Fort Worth Southwest in 7-4A and Everman in 8-4A.
Kennedale is the projected runner-up in 12-3A, Glen Rose is picked second in 7-3A.