Every season brings about change, new stars, new teams to be reckoned with and teams that inevitably take a step back. So, what are the top 10 storylines we should be paying attention to this fall??
1. 5A AND HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE
5A now has homefield advantage in the first round. That would be huge for teams like Coronado, Monterey and Amarillo to have games at home and not have to travel to El Paso. Monterey, if facing Denton Ryan in the 2nd round, will have that game at Plains Capital as well.
2. 3A DII SHOULD BE INTERESTING
Canadian is good enough this year to get to the title game in 3A DII. Has Childress closed the gap? Will Abernathy make some noise along with Idalou? Can Friona hang in there with a very tough district that has Canadian and Childress in it!
3. 5A DII IS LOADED AND VERY UNPREDICTABLE
Lubbock-Cooper has a chance to go far in the playoffs as long as they finish in the top 2 of their district, which won’t be automatic with Randall, Plainview and Abilene Wylie in their district.
4. TEAMS LIKE HEREFORD AND DUMAS WILL BENEFIT FROM CLASSIFICATION DROP
Hereford, Dumas, and Canyon benefit tremendously with the Drop to 4A DI. Will the Herd and Dumas play each other for the Regional title? What will Canyon have to say about that?
5. 2-6A WILL BE TOUGH AGAIN THIS FALL FOR ALL
Frenship and Tascosa have the toughest district to navigate in the 806. Teams like Lee, Permian, and an improved Midland team are in 2-6A. At least San Angelo Central is gone away to 3-6A👀👀
6. ESTACADO HAS A LOT OF WEAPONS RETURNING, BUT WILL IT BE ENOUGH?
Estacado is the clear favorite in their district, but what about their path to the playoffs? They will probably see Graham in the Third Round, and that won’t be easy at all.
7. WHO WILL BE LEFT STANDING IN 2A??
Who’s going to be the last team standing in 2A DI? New Deal is solid and have a dangerous offense, but Sundown returns Huey and Quintanilla. Panhandle has the best offensive threat with Durst, and West Texas will make noise. Can Post regroup with almost all of their starters gone?
8. WELLINGTON, MART AND STRATFORD… OH MY..
Wellington, Mart, and Stratford in 2A DII.. Yikes! Who’s going to be the team to take on Mart in the State title games this season? What about Seagraves, Farwell, Bovina? Memphis??
9. 3A DI HAS TWO JUGGERNAUTS UP TOP IN SHALLY AND BUSHLAND…
Bushland vs Shallowater’s game will be for the 3A DI title. More importantly, can either team get by Wall or Brock? Will Slaton make the playoffs again? How will Brownfield do with Brock at the QB and Toliver at the helm?
10. IT ALL STARTS AND ENDS WITH BORDEN COUNTY
SO, Is this another year where the Coyotes won another title? Or will Happy be able to get over the hump this time around? However it goes, it’ll be fun to see.