I expect Tenaha to be strong, but we get them in week 0 I believe, when they will have several new starters on both sides of the ball. They are losing the best player in Class A, along with some great athletes and very good linemen. They had some young kids that didn't get the chance to shine because of who they were playing behind. How quick they reload will depend on how far along those kids are. As for Hemphill, Justin Twine is just a junior this year. His older brother graduated, but I look for them to improve in the second year of a new coach's system. Here is how I see our non-district schedule, in order from weakest to strongest:
do u know how theaha is gooin to be thi year. along with hemphill. will they be strong or weak just like to know
1. Burkeville- Made the playoffs in DII last year, but I don't see them being able to stay with the Rams.
2. Shelbyville- Should improve with a large senior class, but I'll take Joaquin by 3 TDs.
3. Hemphill- We have to improve on defense over last year's team to stop Twine. Tackling has to be better.
4. Tenaha- Will dominate their district and I can see them winning Region III again, but I think we take them in week 0.
5. Elkhart- 2A DI team in the middle of the pack in a tough district. If things bounce their way, they could be in the playoffs. Depth could be an issue.
You have to remember, Coach Gandy doesn't look at going unbeaten in non-district as a goal. He schedules teams that will make his team better for district play and playoff games. Because of the way the districts fell, several programs that would be good non-district games are off the table because you don't want to play someone in non-district when there is a chance you will see them in the playoffs.