The New Boston Lions have emerged a true East Texas power over the last half-decade. Since 2010, they've compiled a record of 56-11, which includes five seasons with at least 10 victories.

So it should come as no surprise that New Boston has earned a spot in the Preseason Class 3A Poll, checking in at No. 8.

New Boston followed up 2013's state semifinal berth -- the first in program history -- with a 10-2 campaign a season ago.

But with heavy losses to graduation, including two-way standout and TCU signee Jeff Gladney, can the Lions reload in time for a sixth consecutive season with double-digit win totals?

Quarterback Phillip Sissons and receiver Zac Gooden constitute two-thirds of New Boston's returning offensive starters, which is a good sign for the Lions' offense, but not so much for opposing defenses.

Defensively, New Boston figures to be in better shape with five starters coming back, including linebacker Deandre Dedmon.

2015 New Boston Lions Schedule

Aug. 28AtlantaL 55-7
Sept. 4at Pleasant GroveL 56-7
Sept. 11at PittsburgL 34-0
Sept. 18at Paul PewittL 40-0
Sept. 25DeKalbL 24-2
Oct. 2OPEN
Oct. 9*Mount VernonW 47-26
Oct. 16*at RedwaterL 26-6
Oct. 23*Pattonville PrairilandL 21-13
Oct. 30*WinnsboroL 24-6
Nov. 6*at DaingerfieldL 41-7 Preseason Class 3A Poll