The heart of Texas High School Football….2A DI and 2A DII. In these classes, we have a few teams that can go all the way to the state title game and have a serious shot of winning it all. We also have some teams that can surprise us and maybe make a deep run this fall as well. Also, we have some teams that may take a fall this season and fall back into the pack of teams that may just get to the playoffs and exit quickly. So, here are eight questions I have for these Divisions, heading into what should be an exciting season to come!
#1 CAN ABERNATHY GET BACK TO THE STATE SEMIFINALS? WILL THEY HEAD TO JERRY’S WORLD??
This is a great question as I feel like the Antelopes are at the top of the pack in this Region until I get to see what Stratford and Post’s quarterbacks do in the season. Bryson Daily has been working hard all summer along with his teammates, especially in the 7-on-7 league where they went up against 4A, 5A, and 6A schools. That’s the only way to get better; to play teams superior to you, learn and use that knowledge to punish your opponents. Look out for the Lopes’ as I think they will be playing when it’s snowing again this fall.
#2 CAN THE SKYROCKETS WIN THE TITLE IN 2A DII FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2013?
In one word. Yes… Luke Williams and Arturo Tellez are dangerous offensive weapons and on the line Wellington has the best two players in 2A in Trevor Roberson and Drake Welch. Drake is 6’5″ and 245 pounds, and Trevor in 7’0″ 345 pounds and has eight Division One offers so far. There is no excuse for the Skyrocket not to have a defensive lineman hitting the quarterback every play because of their superior skill sets in the trenches. Wellington took on the Nation last season in the state semifinals and almost won. I think they’ll play Iraan or Albany this time around in the state semifinal and win before taking on Bremond for the title.
#3 WILL POST MISS AJ REED AND AJ ESCOBEDO, OR WILL IT BE SMOOTH SAILING TO THE REGIONAL ROUND AGAIN?
Call me crazy, but Post’s running game won’t miss a beat with Michael Phergson and Delean Reed back for 2017, but what they will miss from ENMU Commit AJ Reed…Special teams. He was very dangerous back there and would take one to the house at any given moment for the Antelopes. Defensively, Post won’t miss a beat with players like Kobe Ammons back there and they will be tested in the playoffs due to their tough district with Hawley, Anson, and Forsan back and ready to challenge the Antelopes.
#4 CAN MEMPHIS GET SOME OFFENSE TO GO ALONG WITH THEIR ALL-STATE DEFENSE?
Now, Memphis can hang with any team in 2A DII in the state with players like Broadrick Logan, who had 17 sacks last year and Andrew Alexander at middle linebacker and was All-State last year. My question is, what is going on at their quarterback position? Nick Adame has graduated so there is some stability missing at that spot. Clifford Byrd Jr. is electrifying and will take some kicks to the house for the Cyclones but that won’t be enough in the later rounds of the tournament.
#5 CAN NEW DEAL MAKE A RUN THIS FALL AFTER LOSING SO MUCH LAST YEAR?
I gotta give it to New Deal, they are very confident coming into this season even though they lost some unbelievable talent like Mark Adams and Jaxson Durham from their 9-2 team in 2016. DK Blaylock is now eligible and he will be a dangerous threat at wide receiver for the Lions, and Jett Whitfield may have an All-State run for New Deal as he will be the bell-cow for the offense and the enforcer on defense, but who else will step up? Can Dylan Jerden and Layton Reed along with Nehemiah Martinez be ready to have all-district seasons in order for New Deal to challenge Abernathy and Sundown? One thing is for certain: Brandon Coronado will have an exceptional season on both sides of the ball and if helped, New Deal could make a deep run in the playoffs.
#6 WHO WILL WIN 3-2A DII? BOVINA OR FARWELL? WHO GOES DEEPER IN THE PLAYOFFS?
Bovina has the best passing quarterback in 2A in David Lara, who had 2,863 yards and 31 touchdowns through the air for the Mustangs. They also have Marco Sanchez who amassed 1,275 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground which forms the toughest tandem in the district. Don’t get me wrong, Farwell has the best set of backs in the district, led by Miguel Vasquez and his 1,608 yards and 21 score, but with a quarterback like that returning, it’s going to be tough not to pick Bovina to win the district. It will undoubtedly come down to their game late in the season to decide the one and two seeds in their districts. Now, Sudan will be competitive and Springlake-Earth will also make the playoffs as well, but it will be fun to keep up with the Steers and the Mustangs and see how far they go in the playoffs.
#7 WHAT ABOUT SEAGRAVES? WILL THEY MAKE ANOTHER DEEP RUN IN THE PLAYOFFS AGAIN?
Coach Steve Heryford just wins, and wins all the time… When will his breakout season come? Will it be this season, or come at another time. We all thought Seagraves would take a step back due to the loss of a great Senior squad in 2016 and the Eagles went three rounds deep, again…This year they return ten starters and will be led by Aries Williams, Davin Rodriguez and Joseph Guerrero as well. Their district is tough as nails, but that should set them up well for a playoff run..I just wonder how deep they go this time?
#8 CAN SUNDOWN CHALLENGE THE LIONS AND ANTELOPES IN 2-2A DI?
The Roughnecks have the best secondary player in 2-2A DI with Justin Torrez, who had eight interceptions last year in a great season for him and their defense. People were shocked when the ‘Necks knocked off Panhandle in the BI-District round last year and had another great game in their loss to Anson in the Area Round. Rock Thoms figures to have a huge season for Sundown and if some other underclassmen step up and deliver, the Roughnecks will have a left chance to be at the top of 2-2A DI at the end of the season.