Three of Crockett's five non-district opponents for 2014 are new on the schedule, but they are all familiar gridiron rivals from previous seasons.
Rusk and Madisonville. who've been on the Bulldogs' schedule for several years, will be joined by Alto, Diboll and Shepherd.
Crockett competed in the same district with Diboll for a number of years and previously played Shepherd in non-district. The Bulldogs have scrimmaged against Alto the past two years.
Four teams on the schedule are larger classification schools (Class 4A DII) than Crockett (Class 3A, DII). Alto is in Class 2A, DI.
Before officially starting their 2014 campaign, the Dogs will scrimmage two former district rivals-- Elkhart on Aug. 15 and Westwood on Aug. 21.
Here's a quick look at Crockett's non-district foes:
Week 1 – Aug. 29
Alto - Home
The Yellow Jackets are picked to win District 11-2A DI, which includes Cayuga, Price Carlisle, Kerens, Malakoff Cross Roads and Grapeland.
Alto reached the third round of the Class A, DI (now 2A DI) playoffs last season with a 9-4 record and is ranked No. 19 in Texas Football's preseason poll.
The Yellow Jackets return six starters on both sides of the ball from a regional semifinalist team that finished with a record of 4-1 and 9-4 overall.
Linebacker Tyarius Hackett (85 tackles and 11 sacks) is the District Preseason Defensive MVP.
Alto must find a replacement quarterback, but Hackett and several other returning defensive standouts should keep the Jackets in games until the offense is settled, says Texas Football.
Running back Jyran Shaw logged 600 yards and seven rushing touchdowns last year, and lineman Luis Alvarado, who had 72 knockdowns, are "solid building blocks on the offensive side," the magazine says.
Week 2 – Sept. 5
Rusk - Away
Coming off a 2-8 season, the Eagles are looking to turn their program around with seven returning starters on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, the Eagles' attack will feature two running backs with over 500 yards last year and another with over 300 yards.
Rusk is picked by Texas Football to finish last in a tough district that includes the 2013 3A DII state finalist Fairfield, Waco Connally, Lorena, Mexia and Groesbeck.
Crockett and Rusk were district foes for many years and continued their rivalry four years ago when the Bulldogs dropped in classification.
Since their non-district series began, the Bulldogs have won three of the four meetings. Crockett prevailed 22-14 in 2013, 32-29 in 2011 and 54-6 in 2010. Rusk won the 2012 meeting 35-13.
Week 3 – Sept. 12
Diboll - Home
The Bulldogs renew an old rivalry with the Lumberjacks that ran from 2004 until 2007.
Diboll recorded 1-10 record last year, but one district win was enough for the Lumberjacks to slip into the playoffs.
The Jacks are picked to finish fifth in District 8-4A DII, which includes Coldspring, Shepherd, Madisonville, Cleveland and Huntington.
New head coach Blake Morrison, former defensive coordinator at Coldspring, will build the Lumberjacks' multiple wing offense around five returning starters. Only four returning starters are back on the defensive side.
Week 4 – Sept. 19
Madisonville - Away
The Mustangs are looking for a return trip to the state playoffs, but have only four starters back on offense and three on defense from a team that posted a record of 5-6 overall and 1-3 in district.
Longtime Mustang head coach Greg Morgan expects an improved passing game from quarterback Jaylen Smith, who gained valuable experience starting seven games as a sophomore. Smith threw for 688 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Week 5 – Sept. 26
With four games under their belts, the Bulldogs will take a breather before their non-district finale.
Week 6– Oct. 3
Shepherd – Home
The Pirates come to town on the Bulldogs' homecoming night to renew a non-district rivalry after a six-year hiatus.
Crockett and Shepherd last squared off in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and the Dogs dominated both games 64-0 and 46-0.
Shepherd's program has been on an upswing in recent years, and the Pirates are forecast to make their first playoff appearance since 1999. By the way, Shepherd's post-season run ended that season with a 47-0 rout at the hands of the Crockett Bulldogs in the first round.
The Pirates, who compete in the same district with Madisonville and Diboll, are picked to finish second behind No. 6 Coldspring.
Shepherd will benefit from a more experienced squad after posting a record of 6-4 overall and 2-4 in district last season with only two returning starters on offense.
The Pirates are building this year's team around eight returning starters on offense and six on defense.