Preseason football predictions tend to often reflect a team’s performance last year. Winnsboro Red Raider football fans hope the experts are dead wrong. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine has Winnsboro picked to finish in the basement in their seven team District 8-3A in Division I.
Texas Football predicts Gladewater first, Tatum second, West Rusk, third, Gladewater Sabine fourth, Mineola fifth, White Oak sixth and Winnsboro seventh.
The Red Raiders were 2-8 last season and they went 0-6 in district play.
They are coached by Josh Finney. Winnsboro has 17 returning varsity lettermen and they lost 7. The Red Raiders have 7 returning starters on offensive and 8 on defense.
Texas Football says Red Raiders to watch include offensive and defensive lineman John McCurdy, offensive and defensive lineman Kilder Ortega and running back and linebacker Landry Deaton.
Top juniors include running back and linebacker Logan Minick and running back and defensive lineman Kyd Cole.
Their top sophomore is running back and linebacker Zeb Fulmer.
Other Winnsboro prospects include quarterback and defensive back Keen Glover, wide receiver Elijah Bolton, running back and defensive back Kainer Hart, running back Tayshun Runnels and offensive and defensive lineman Brandon Noll.
Texas Football said the Red Raiders have a veteran cast led by McCurdy and Ortega on both sides of the ball along with Deaton and Bolton as potential playmakers that should help Winnsboro get back into the conversation when November and December football rolls around.