The story of the 2021 high school football season was the South Oak Cliff Golden Bears. They won the 5-a division 2 state title and became the first Dallas ISD team to hoist that trophy in more than 60 years. As much as their community praised “SOC” last year, the 2022 Golden Bears may even be better. They have one of the best secondaries in the state and their skilled position players are speed personified. South Oak Cliff won’t be sneaking up on anybody this year and 5-A Division 2 is stacked with DFW talent. Lovejoy has receivers for days and will be a serious contender along with Mansfield Summit, Argyle, Ennis and Colleyville Heritage. As for 5-A Division 1, you can find championship caliber teams all over the metroplex. As a matter of fact, you can find a lot of them in the same district. 3-5A Division 1 is highlighted by Denton Ryan and Aledo who most feel will face each other twice this year. However, don’t look past the rest of this district as there are several playoff teams nestled throughout. Frisco Lone Star, Mansfield Timberview and Lancaster are other 5-A Division 1 teams that could make long playoff runs. As for 6-A, DFW hasn’t won a state title since 2017 and area teams are determined to break that string this year. Duncanville has been to 3 of the last 4 state finals and lost them all. They will be loaded again especially on defense, but their district, 11-6a remains strong. Desoto may have what it takes this year to fight past the panthers. Kaden Anderson and Owen Allen return for Southlake Carroll which will make the Dragons a favorite to make it to AT&T stadium. And you can’t forget Denton Guyer. The Wildcats quarterback, Jackson Arnold, has played in 2 of the last 3 division 2 state title games and would love to end his high school career leading Guyer to a ring. Rockwall, Arlington Martin and Allen should find some post season success in 6-A, while other teams, like Rockwall-Heath, who graduated a lot of talent, will look for inexperience to lead the way.