The potential start of the high school football season is right around the corner. With most teams’ summer workout programs closed for the rest of the week, it offers a chance to look ahead while they are on summer break.
The Dave Campbell Football Magazine annually puts out its program rankings. The magazine ranks every high school football team 1 through 1,189. To make the rankings, the magazine editorial staff looks over a school’s past six years and the number of 10-win seasons, total games won, winning percentage, and other criteria.
Football will be tough for both Wharton and Boling this upcoming season. Luckily football isn’t played on paper. Any given year a team can come out of nowhere to shock the Texas high school football world.
Just two seasons ago, Wharton took down Sweeny, a state-ranked team at the time. Maybe this year Wharton and Boling can make some noise if there is a season.
The Wharton Tigers come into this year as the 512th best team in the state. The Tigers dropped 82 spots from their ranking of 430 last season.
What the ranking doesn’t take into account for is the year Hurricane Harvey hit when they finished with one win. While Wharton football coach Chad Bulter has been at the helm since 2017, the Harvey season is on his record. In the past two seasons, the Tigers are 13-10 and have made the playoffs in back-to-back years. One of those years, they won the district title.
Also sitting at 512 in the rankings is El Paso Burges (Class 5A Division II) and right behind Wharton at 514 is Ackerly Sands (Class 1A Division I).
Wharton this upcoming season will be replacing a three-year starting quarterback Donovan Krushall who graduated and will be playing baseball at Prairie View A&M. While the Tigers will have someone new throwing the football, incoming senior James Jones returns following a junior year in which he was named an honorable mention all-state wide receiver.
In Class 4A-Division 2 District 12, the Tigers’ new home for the next two years, Bellville is the highest-ranked team at 130, La Marque 310, Sweeny 333, Sealy 382, Brookshire Royal 1,140.
The Boling Bulldogs will enter the season as the 188th best program in the state. Despite only winning one game last season, the Bulldogs only dropped 12 spots from the year prior.
Working in Boling’s favor is its state title game played in 2016, which factors into the magazine’s rankings. In the first year with football coach Kevin Urbanek, the Bulldogs came one game away from back-to-back trips to the state title game. However, in the past two seasons, they’ve missed the playoffs.
Only two players will return this season that made the all-district team. The Bulldogs next season will compete in one of the tougher districts in the state.
In District 3A-D1 District 12 where Boling will spend the next two years of realignment, Yoakum is ranked 86, Hallettsville 125, Hitchcock 303, Columbus 490 and Hempstead 686.
Sitting in between Boling is, Farewell (Class 2A DII) at 187 and Dripping Springs (Class 5A DI) at 189.