2A1 Preseason Top 10
(with Week 1 pairings)
Mason, Wall, 8/29
Shiner at Hallettsville
Refugio at Tidehaven
San Saba at Johnson City
San Augustine, Big Sandy
New Deal, Lubbock Roosevelt
De Leon at Clyde
Stinnett West Texas, Canadian
Tenaha at Troup
As readers familiar with my past musings know, in preseason projections I usually stick with the defending champions, like Mason in this division of 2A and Mart in 2AD2. But obviously, there will be surprises and disappointments. Still, by making projections we do share a good bit of reliable information plus our anticipations are made all the more interesting, I trust. Enjoy.
- New Deal
- West Texas
District 1 - Amarillo Hyde Park, Boys Ranch, Panhandle, Sanford-Fritch, Stinnett West Texas, Sunray.
Should be a tough district race between Panhandle and West Texas, which opens against 3AD2 #1 Canadian. If West Texas holds Canadian to a 21 point win or fewer, a sure sign they're strong enough to challenge Panhandle.
District 2 -Floydada, Hale Center, New Deal, Olton, Post, Sundown
New Deal had its best year ever in 2018, losing in the state final to Mason, 44-6.
District 3 - Forsan, Hawley, Ozona, Stamford, Winters
Hawley was 10-2 in 2018, losing to Sundown in the Area round, 37-36 (OT)
District 4 - Alvord, Chico, Lindsay, Olney, Seymour
Seymour (10-2) is the defending district champion
- San Saba
- De Leon
- Wolfe City
District 5 - Celeste, Collinsville, Tom Bean, Trenton, Valley View
Collinsville is picked to take the district.
District 6 - Bogata Rivercrest, Como-Pickton, Honey Grove, Quinlan Boles, Wolfe City
Wolfe City was eliminated in the 2018 area round by De Leon, 31-20
District 7 - Crawford, De Leon, Goldthwaite, Hico, San Saba, Valley Mills
Through the 2018 season San Saba mostly sailed smoothly along, had a close OT win over Celeste in sub-regional round, before losing to New Deal in the state semis, 31-20. But the Armadillos must regroup, having lost HC Jerod Fikac to Georgetown East View.
District 8 - Axtell, Bosqueville, Bruceville-Eddy, Italy, Itasca, Moody, Riesel
Bosqueville is the district favorite, but Riesel may be the big surprise.
New Deal vs. San Saba
- San Augustine
District 9 - Cayuga, Centerville, Jewett Leon, Kerens, Malakoff Cross Roads, Normangee
As it usually does, Centerville is expected to make a late season run, win the district and advance another round or two
District 10 - Alto, Big Sandy, Cushing, Gladewater Union Grove, Hawkins, Price Carlisle
Alto returns 15 starters (8/7) from its 8-4 team of 2018 and should be much stronger to face the likes of Garrison, which defeated the Yellow Jackets 43-13 in last year's Area round.
District 11 - Beckville, Garrison, Harleton, Joaquin, Linden-Kildare, Tenaha, Timpson
The Copano picks Tenaha to take the district though it'll be close all the way.
District 12 - Deweyville, Groveton, Hull-Daisetta, Pineland West Sabine, San Augustine, Shelbyville
San Augustine led by Tijay Thomas-Davis could make it all the way. All the wolves need is a measure of tightening by their defense. They will score.
District 13 - Hearne, Holland, Marlin, Milano, Rosebud-Lott, Thorndale, Thrall
Holland will have exceptional experience on both sides of the line.
District 14 - Bracketville, Center Point, Harper, Junction, Mason, Sabinal
Mason is the defending champ, and until it's shown otherwise, should remain the favorite.
District 15 - Kenedy, Shiner, Wallis Brazos, Weimar, Yorktown
With a new head coach and a new spurt of energy, the Comanches of Shiner appear ready to compete for the top position in the region.
District 16 - Ben Bolt, Freer, Refugio, Riviera-Kaufer, Santa Maria, Three Rivers
Refugio, a title favorite in many corners, must recover from what, for it, was a lackluster 2018 (11-3). HC Jason Herring is placing his hopes on key returnees and especially on senior quarterback Austin Ochoa.