The ritual was celebrated once again recently, as Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine appeared in stores statewide, marking the 50th season of its reign as the Southwest’s leading football source.

Along with the usual copious assessments of the state’s Big 12 teams and their chances for college glory, the magazine annually reviews every high school team in Texas, and this year is no exception. Other than a few spelling errors and some confusing moments in terms of identification (“North” instead of “P-SJ-A North,” “East” instead of “Weslaco East,” the publication has delivered once again with the most comprehensive coverage this side of the Internet.

Dave Campbell’s take on the Valley districts has been pretty solid in recent history, and this year time will tell if the mag can do it again.

Edinburg North, coming off back-to-back playoff appearances, is slated to make a third, as the Cougars are picked third in District 31-5A, behind No. 1 Harlingen and No. 2 P-SJ-A. The Economedes Jaguars are selected sixth, a slot ahead of city rival EHS, with the fourth playoff spot going to Pharr North.

Over in District 30-5A, Sharyland, after surprising the area with a 10-win season and a three-deep postseason journey, is the pick, followed by McAllen Memorial, McAllen High, and Rio Grande City, in that order.

The Lower Valley league is going to be wide-open by most accounts with Texas Football going with Los Fresnos to win its fourth title in a row, followed by Weslaco second, Brownsville Pace third, and San Benito fourth.

As far as the 4A Valley loop, expect Edcouch-Elsa to win its seventh title running according to the football bible. Weslaco East, a strong 8-win team a year ago, is tabbed as second in the league, and will definitely be gunning for the Yellowjackets in 2009. Mission and Mercedes are also picked to make the playoffs from District 32-4A.

After a year away from the playoffs, Port Isabel should be better this season, good enough in fact to get the nod as pre-season favorite to take District 32-3A. The mag has Raymondville second after a near-miss in 2008, along with Rio Hondo in the postseason, edging out Hidalgo.