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CYPRESS — Predictions are like crystal balls. Once you drop them, they shatter to pieces. But in all seriousness, predictions are a fun way to start conversations with friends and family.
Regardless, when you start to focus on how people think any sports team will do in an upcoming game or season, you inadvertently get to learn about the young men and women who are representing our area with pride.
The way that Texas Football has collated their predictions largely weighs on the opinions of the local subject matter experts: the coaches and athletics leaders in any give area.
For District 14-6A, which comprises the Cy-Fair ISD schools south of Highway 290 and a couple of other non-Cy-Fair schools, the predictions are strongly in favor of the Cypress teams.
Leading the pack is Langham Creek, followed by Cy-Ranch, Cy-Woods, and then Cy-Springs filling out the top four playoff teams. The remaining teams are, in ranked order: Tomball Memorial, Bryan, Cy-Lakes, CFISD HS #12 and finally Cy-Park.
Now, let’s get the tricky part out of the way. Years ago, the UIL split the football playoffs into two per conference. Besides for the unnecessary complexity, the change has eventually led to four teams per district into the playoffs and no outright, undesputed champion.
Looking at these predictions, Langham Creek and Cy-Woods would enter the Division I playoff brackets and Cy-Ranch would be accompanied by Cy-Springs into the Division II playoff brackets. In theory, Cypress could be the home to a pair of state champion teams this December.
Both Langham Creek and Cy-Ranch are also in the top 40 teams this preseason, and upsets and “Cinderella” teams have reached the promised land of Texas high school football before. The Lobos are at No. 29, and the Mustangs are slated at No. 34, both are healthy starts for the prognosticators’ crystal balls, and talk at the water coolers across town.
Here’s the predictions in list form:
- Langham Creek (No. 29 in Texas)
- Cy-Ranch (No. 34 in Texas)
- Tomball Memorial
- CFISD HS #12
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