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John Tyler’s Geovari McCollister tries to evade Longview’s Decord Flanagan (23) during their Aug. 23 scrimmage at Tyler’s Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. (Christopher Vinn,

With the 2013 high school football season about to start, we’ve consolidated just about all of our preview material into this post.

Listed below are our district previews, as well as our preseason East Texas Super Team, preseason East Texas polls by class, and the preseason Associated Press polls. The links below to our East Texas polls and top games take you to the No. 1 spot in each, so to see the links for the entire list, just scroll to the bottom of the post.

In addition to all of this material, staff writers Gabe Brooks and Clint Buckley have added a few predictions for the 2013 season. We hope you enjoy, and thanks for reading. 2013 Football Preview Recap

District Previews

Staff Predictions

  • Longview and Lufkin will play twice this year: first on Sept. 20 in a non-district matchup at Longview’s Lobo Stadium, then in the Class 5A Division II Region II championship game. Both teams lost in the Region II semifinals last year (Austin Westlake def. Longview, Plano West def. Lufkin). — Gabe Brooks and Clint Buckley
  • Kilgore and Chapel Hill will play twice this year: first on Oct. 25 in a District 16-3A game, then in the Class 3A Division I Region II championship game. Kilgore reached the Division I state semifinals last year, while Chapel Hill won the 2011 D-I state crown. — Gabe Brooks and Clint Buckley
  • Carthage will play Jasper or Palestine in the Class 3A Division I Region III championship game. Jasper and Palestine are likely to play in the first round of the playoffs. The winner may have to get through Silsbee, which lost to Carthage in last year’s regional final, to get to the Region III title game. — Gabe Brooks
  • Gilmer will play in the Class 3A Division II state championship game for the second consecutive season. If the Buckeyes reach the title game, it’ll be their fifth championship game appearance in 10 years (2-2 in first four appearances). — Gabe Brooks and Clint Buckley
  • Newton will play in the Class 2A Division I state championship game. The Eagles reached the D-I state semifinals last year before losing to eventual champion Cameron Yoe. — Gabe Brooks and Clint Buckley
  • Tenaha will play in its third consecutive Class A Division II state championship game. Tenaha lost in last year’s title game after winning the 2011 crown. — Gabe Brooks and Clint Buckley


Carthage players run drills during an Aug. 9 practice at Bulldog Stadium. (Christopher Vinn,

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