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Dave Campbell’s Texas Football recently released their top 500 football programs in the state of Texas over the past six seasons. A few area teams not only made the list but cracked the top 100 in the state.
The list compiles data from and the DCTF database “to rank the relative strength of every program in Texas over the course of the last six seasons,” according to an article released by DCTF.
The rankings are based on five criteria that they use to properly sort each team, regardless of classification. Those five criteria are games won, winning percentage, number of 10-win seasons, state championship appearances and state championships. That data is collected from the past six seasons.

Happy Cowboys 1A
Happy jumped a few spots this season, being placed at No. 79 this year after ranking as the No. 87 team a year ago. Happy has had four 10-win seasons and a 57-19 record over the past six seasons.
Last season, the Cowboys finished 12-2, earning a district, bi-district, area and regional championship. Happy fell in the state-semifinals to the eventual state champs, Westbrook.
Abernathy Antelopes 3A
The Antelopes return as a top 100 team in the state, listed No. 94 team this season. Abernathy has three 10-win seasons and a 60-15 record over the past six seasons.
Abernathy finished 8-3 this season, capturing a district title before falling to Spearman in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Nazareth Swifts 1A
Nazareth earned their first 10-win season from over the past six seasons and thus received a significant boost in their rank. Nazareth is the No. 261 team in the state, moving up 91 spots from a year ago.
Nazareth has one 10-win season and a 44-21 record over the past six seasons. The Swifts earned a district, bi-district and area championship before falling to Happy in the regional final.
Sudan Hornets 2A
Sudan jumped 34 spots to No. 351 in the state after a successful campaign this season. Sudan has one 10-win season and a 40-27 record over the past six seasons.
The Hornets finished this past season at 9-3, earning a share of a district title and an outright bi-district title before falling to Wellington in the area round.
New Deal Lions 2A
Receiving the highest rank among area schools was New Deal, who sits at No. 60. With one state championship appearance, four 10-win seasons and a 59-15 record over the past six seasons, New Deal has been regarded as one of the top programs in the area.
This season, the Lions finished 9-4, capturing a district title, bi-district and area championship before falling to Cisco in the regional semifinals.
Shallowater Mustangs 3A
Last season, Shallowater was outside of the top 100 teams. This season, saw the Mustangs jump over 30 spots to receive the No. 71 position in the top 100. Over the past six seasons, Shallowater has four 10-win seasons and a 59-14 record.
This season, Shallowater finished 10-2, capturing a district and bi-district title before falling to Paradise in the area round.

Ma'Rico Holland


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