There are teams in the 806 like Post, Brownfield, and Muleshoe that will always do good; and that is to be expected from those traditional powerhouses. On the flip side, what teams in the 806 will surprise us this year? Who will be better than we thought, and who will be worse than we thought? Here are the teams that will surprise us in 2016.
The Tigers from Wolfforth are always good at playing the pigskin every year! But, in 2016 in the extremely tough 2-6A district they will be ok. I don’t know if ok is good enough in a district with Odessa Permian, Tascosa, Midland, and San Angelo Central waiting for them this fall. Can they be good enough and grab the fourth-seed in the playoffs? Yes. Is it highly unlikely they make the playoffs altogether? Yes.
Plainview is actually picked to finish fifth in the district, behind Dumas, Canyon, Amarillo, and Randall. Honestly, I think they will get the fourth spot, and maybe third if they play like I know they are capable of. This is what Plainview is known for; making great plays and pounding your defense into submission. I think Trendan Jackson will be an elite runner this year, Wrangler Haresnape and Carson Hauk will also do damage. Don’t sleep the Bulldogs!
The Matadors changed around a plethora of things, including a new Coach/AD in Marcus Shavers. The Matadors just needed some discipline, and they will have it under the new empire that has come to town. Roc Sanders, D’Anta Thomas, Jacob Bustamante, and others will lead the troops. Look out for the Mats’
Roosevelt will surprise us all this year; I have a feeling they will make the playoffs and have a serious shot to win the 2-3A DII district. A new Coach and new attitude will bring about a renewed focus from the Eagles this fall. Teagan Cooksey, Kevin Shoemaker, and Isaia Montgomery can function well in pro style offense. Also, Idalou only has three starters returning from their state semifinalist team from 2015. This district is really a toss-up, but Roosevelt could win it…
The new head man in town, Coach Duane Toliver, leads a Tulia Hornets did not win a game last year. Well, that will change in 2016 as I think they will win at least four contests, maybe more. The attention to detail that the Hornets will play with, along with the community support that they have, they will turn things around rather quickly in Hornet land. In a tough 1-3A DII district that has teams like Spearman, Childress, and the back to-back state champions from Canadian, all they can hope for is fourth in front of Highland Park and Dimmitt. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tulia is in playoff contention all season with a chance to win their way in on the final week of the season.