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them,” he said. “You don't know what type of players they have or are getting from the public schools. It is hard to gauge their strength from year to year. Malakoff and Kemp are more of a known factor since you know what they will be every year. To me that is a good thing to have Kemp and Malakoff in the district.” Malakoff senior Parker Busch said when it comes to the rivalry which will be seen in the final five weeks of the season, fans can expect to see fireworks in Week 7 at Kemp and Week 10 against Eustace at home. “It will be a tough district since we are in East Texas. They always have good teams, but we all have good players who will fight and have heart,” Busch said. “Coming from around here we are all so close, and we all have a rivalry. For us and Eustace, we are like 15 miles away, and then Kemp is a team we have been hard on each other. Kemp and Malakoff go way back to so it is just the rivalry between all of us.” Kemp comes in ranked No. 3 in the Class 3A, Division I, Region II coaches poll, while Malakoff is ranked No. 4. Those rank- ings are a part of the Texas High School Coaches Association preseason poll. “Kemp had a great season last year, and I am not going to take anything away from them,” Busch said. “They played phenomenal and did good to get the credit they deserve. The thing about rankings is we could have a kid at 6- 6 and 300 pounds who is a teddy bear but no one would see it until that first game. Until the games start, you won't see any- thing. With Malakoff, we could be huge and everyone thinks we are super physical, but you can't tell anything by size and stats from last year.” According to Dave Campbell's Texas Football, the Yellowjackets are ranked No. 8, followed by Malakoff at No. 9 in Class 3A, Division I. In the district predictions, Kemp is the favorite to win the district with Malakoff second and Eustace in third. “The rankings don't mean a whole lot, but when they did come out and Kemp was ahead of us, they started tweeting and peo- ple said it was going to be a huge deal,” Driskell said. “They have a lot of confi- dence, and I am really looking forward to those rivalries and those big games. We have so much to do before then, and those will be the games that you really enjoy coaching and playing in. It did spark a little bit different tone for me, the staff and the 10 “It is always tough. Malakoff has always had a good team, and Eustace is always good because they are a good rivalry game. It will be a tough district, and we figured the district would happen this way .... There is always pressure with being the defending state semifinalist. We have to prove ourselves and show that it is not hype and it is real this year. ” — Kemp senior quarterback Cameron Clamon — kids that Kemp has a ton of confidence.” Coming in as the defending state semifi- nalist, Kemp heads in with new coach Lee Wilkins and gets the pressure of dealing with their best preseason ranking in recent memory. “It is always tough. Malakoff has always had a good team, and Eustace is always good because they are a good rivalry game,” Kemp senior Cameron Clamon said. “It will be a tough district, and we fig- ured the district would happ en this way. The last realignment was tough since we did not get either one, and we were stuck in the Dallas area. “There is always pressure with being the defending state semifinalist. We have to prove ourselves and show that it is not hype and it is real this year.” When it comes to the new head coaches Malakoff linemen Kyler Dalrymple, left, and Eric Littleton could play a big role in the Tigers reaching a 10th straight playoff appearance in Class 3A play. They are ready for the district contest against rivals in Kemp and Eustace.