San Augustine helped show how deep the southern half of small school East Texas was last season. It hopped up on a nine-win Ore City team in the bi-district round of the 2A Division I postseason to elevate its record to 6-5.

We're projecting a better final record than last year's 6-6 finish. The Wolves will begin the season ranked sixth in ETSN.fm's Class 2A/Private Schools Poll.

Head coach Marty Murr's squad comes in ahead of district foes Joaquin and Shelbyville as well as Big Sandy and Groveton from other districts.

You'll notice none of East Texas' four private schools have cracked the list thus far. If one ultimately does, that would mean San Augustine is predicted to be better than the sixth-best 2A team in the region.

There's a lot of like about the Wolves this go-around. For starters, quarterback Gavin Murr and running back K.J. Davis return to the fold for their junior seasons.

Gavin Murr nearly hit the 2,000-yard mark throwing the ball while Davis averaged just a bit more than 200 yards per game through a 12-game campaign.

In total, seven starters are back on offense. It's a good bet the unit will increase its average point total of 24 a game.

Five players are back on defense. Six newcomers to the package will have to help drop the defensive average of 29.5 points against per game to make San Augustine a real contender.

Another concerning thought is the depth of District 11-2A. Joaquin and Shelbyville are already ranked while Alto and Carlisle are other high-achieving teams that could emerge deeper into the poll.

But we just can't get past the Wolves' offense. Gavin Murr and Davis did some pretty special things as sophomores last year.

What will they do for an encore?

2016 San Augustine Wolves Schedule

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ETSN.fm Preseason Class 2A/Private Schools Poll