Before the season began, chose Malakoff to win District 7-2A Division I. And through four weeks, the Tigers are making us look pretty smart.

Malakoff (4-0) has blown out all four of its opponents, outscoring them a combined 225-53. The Tigers dealt with several injuries throughout the course of the 2012 season, cutting short what head coach Jamie Driskell believed would be a special year.

Better late than never.

The next three teams in the district standings -- Lone Oak (3-1), Eustace (2-2) and defending league champion Winnsboro (2-2) -- should all feel rather comfortable about their chances of reaching the playoffs. The remaining three teams in the district are a combined 0-12. Preseason Updated Prediction
First*MalakoffMalakoff (4-0)
Second*EustaceLone Oak (3-1)
Third*Lone OakEustace (2-2)
Fourth*WinnsboroWinnsboro (2-2)
FifthQuitmanQuitman (0-4)
SixthGrand SalineKemp (0-4)
SeventhKempGrand Saline (0-4)

* -- denotes playoff berth

Friday's District 7-2A Division I Openers

  • Kemp at Eustace
  • Malakoff at Grand Saline
  • Quitman at Winnsboro


Eustace RB Nathan Denson. (© Christopher R. Vinn,