Foster and East Bernard were both named in the preseason top 10 polls by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine, putting dreams of a possible state championship in the heads of the Falcons and Brahmas for the upcoming season.
In the 5A Division I poll, Foster was ranked third, behind No. 1 and defending state champ Dallas Highland Park and No. 2 Denton Ryan.
Frisco Lone Star was ranked fourth, followed by Shadow Creek, which beat the Falcons in the Region III final last season.
Rounding out the top 10 were Tyler John Tyler, Lufkin, San Antonio Wagner, Cedar Park and Birdville.
The Falcons went 9-5 last season, including a five-game winning streak with playoff wins over Port Arthur Memorial, Manor and Hutto. Foster returns several key players from the 2018 squad.
Meanwhile, East Bernard also landed at No. 3 in the 3A Division II preseason poll, behind No. 2 Canadian and defending state champion Newton at No. 1.
The Brahmas are ranked ahead of No. 4 Gunter and No. 5 Daingerfield, followed by Holliday, Clifton, Abernathy, Cisco and District 14-3A DII rival Tidehaven at No. 10.
The Brahmas went 13-2 last season and reached the state semifinals before losing to Newton, 21-14.
In 5A Division II, Lamar Consolidated’s district rivals Huntsville and A&M Consolidated were both ranked in the preseason poll, with the Hornets at No. 5 and the Tigers at No. 7. Fort Bend Marshall, which reached the state championship game last season, is ranked second behind defending champion Aledo.
The rest of the top 10 has Corpus Christi Calallen at No. 3, followed by Marshall, which beat Lamar 56-14 in the first round of the playoffs last season. Manvel is ranked sixth, with Frisco Reedy at No. 8, followed by Lubbock Cooper and South Oak Cliff.
In Class 6A, North Shore is the preseason No. 1, followed by Duncanville. Those teams played a memorable 6A Division II championship game in December, with North Shore winning 41-36 on a Hail Mary touchdown on the last play of the game.
Lake Travis is ranked third, followed by Allen and Katy at No. 5. The Tigers beat Travis 52-7 in the first round of the playoffs last year.
6A Division II champion Longview is ranked sixth, followed by Austin Westlake, Denton Guyer, Humble Atascocita and Southlake Carroll.
Sealy, a district rival to Needville and Fulshear, is ranked sixth in the 4A Division I poll. Defending champion Waco La Vega is No. 1, followed by Carthage, Argyle, Liberty Hill and Midlothian Heritage. Paris is at No. 7, followed by Henderson, Lampasas and Decatur.
In 2A Division I, a district rival of Brazos was ranked, as Shiner comes in at No. 3. Mason, which beat the Cougars in the third round of the playoffs on its way to a state title, is ranked second behind No. 1 Refugio.
San Saba, San Augustine, Panhandle, New Deal, Garrison, Tenaha and Stinnett West Texas round out the top 10.
The No. 1-ranked teams in other divisions include Pleasant Grove (4A Division II), Grandview (3A Division I), Mart (2A Division II), Milford (1A Division I), and Jayton (1A Division II).
The preseason issue of Texas Football should hit newsstands across the state by early July.