The first year under head coach Gerry Stanford produced seven wins and a trip to the playoffs for Texas High, but the Tigers want more in 2018.

Texas High may have lost its bi-district playoff game last year, but it gave eventual state champion Highland Park all it wanted in a thrilling 56-49 contest at the Ford Center in Frisco.

The two biggest stars of that game, quarterback Riley Russell and receiver Tevailance Hunt have graduated, but Texas High has reason to be optimistic moving forward.

Texas High is ranked No. 6 in's Preseason Class 6A/5A Poll.

Quarterback Coltin Clack began the year as the starter, but a shoulder injury sidelined him early in the year. The Arkansas State commit is looking to make up for lost time as a senior.

He'll have a few weapons at his disposal, including running backs Chris Sutton and Trakeci Cooper, and receiver Chris Lyles.

Defensively, the Tigers have a few holes to fill. But big things are expected from linebacker Darryl Maxwell.

The district schedule will be a challenging one for Texas High, if only because of the travel involved. The new District 7-5A Division I also includes John Tyler, McKinney North, Mesquite Poteet, Sherman, West Mesquite, and Wylie East. Preseason Class 6A/5A Poll

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