TownTalk Sports Pre-season district picks

Class 4A Div. 2 District 1

Say goodbye to Seminole and hello to Snyder. This past UIL realignment Seminole took a trip to the upper side of 4A with Snyder coming down. Even with Seminole taking off from some familiar foes, this district is one of the best Class 4A districts in Texas! In a seven-team district ripe for a regional champion, there is plenty to watch. Greenwood is on the rise and Monahans, well let’s just say they’ll make another playoff run. What’s interesting is Snyder coming back to play their friends of Sweetwater, I use the word friends loosely. Pecos, Ft. Stockton, Lamesa, and Snyder will have to fight for the fourth place spot and a playoff birth. Here is how it’s gonna go down in District 1 Class 4A Div II.

  1. Greenwood
  2. Sweetwater
  3. Monahans
  4. Pecos
  5. Snyder
  6. Ft. Stockton
  7. Lamesa

Greenwood and Sweetwater meet up in the Region I Championship

Class 3A Div. 1 District 1

All roads lead to Brock in Class 3A Div. 1. No ifs, and’s, or buts! It is what it is, and the issue with District 1-3A Div. 1 is that they share the same Region 1 with Brock and Wall. Add Bushland and Shallowater in the mix, all four teams in District 1 won’t have a long playoff run. Oh that’s right, I forgot to mention that District 1 is a four-team district, so all four schools clinched a playoff birth the day the new UIL realignment came out. Tornillo comes off a 0-10 season and Brownfield took a huge hit with a 2-8 record and lots of injuries. Denver City answered the call to the playoff going 6-4 in the regular season with Monahans sending the Mustangs packing for an early Thanksgiving. Kermit fared well going 6-4 in the regular season with a 3-1 district record. Kermit however, like DC, got clawed by Slaton in bi-district.

Denver City looks to be the favorite, with 7 offensive and 7 defensive players coming back. Coach Fontenot said the Mustangs will play spread but will be a “smash mouth” type football. In Brownfield, the new coach Duane Toliver looks to get the Cubs back to a winning season. With a fast and stingy defense and great skill players on offense, there is no telling where they’ll end up. Here is the prediction of District.

  1. Denver City
  2. Brownfield
  3. Kermit
  4. Tornillo

Expect Denver City and Brownfield to get past the first round and then fall in Area.

Class 2A Div. 2 District 2

In a strange UIL realignment year, this district fits the mold. Four northern schools Bovina, Farwell, Springlake-Earth, and Sudan getting a facelift from southern south plains. Plains and Seagraves have joined the north to make this district top heavy. Five of the six teams last season advanced to the playoffs, with Bovina, Farwell, and Seagraves reaching the second round. Both Farwell and Seagraves are identical with returning starters (7/7) will rule the roost. Here is how we see it.

  1. Seagraves
  2. Farwell
  3. Bovina
  4. Sudan
  5. Springlake-Earth
  6. Plains

Class 2A Div. 2 District 4

When you look at this district, you ask the question why? Why were Lockney and Smyer not added to District 2 and switched out with Plains and Seagraves? Ok, I digress. Tahoka comes in as the big brother in the household with a new 11-man football crew out of New Home, Lynn County may never be the same after this season. Something to note about this new found district is that not one team had a winning record last season. With the formation of this group, there is a combined 19-43 record from last season and New Home electing to go 11-man didn’t even win a district game last season, nor did Ralls. One thing is for sure, its anybody’s chance to receive a postseason birth. Take a look:

  1. Tahoka
  2. Lockney
  3. Crosbyton
  4. Smyer
  5. Ralls
  6. New Home

Class 1A Div. 1 District 5

Sometimes when you just think you have the right formula, UIL comes in and swoops you away. I’m also not sure some folks didn’t take Geography seriously back in the day. This district is somewhat similar to the one we just talked about. Morton has moved down in a class. Morton took time out of their district season last year to play some outlaw six-man football and they did well consider they won the inaugural Independence Bowl. Anyway, with Morton and Whiteface being west of the Hub City and with Ropes and Meadow almost a stone’s throw from Loop 289, also don’t forget Wellman-Union shares a county with Meadow, one has to believe that this district would fall into Region 1. Nope! That didn’t happen.

To the ex’s and oh’s now. Three out of the five schools have had a head football coaching change this past offseason and it will take a lot to get a couple of these school s off the ground. Ropes will take the big boy trophy with being one of the three largest class 1A schools, and Morton is not too far behind. Wellman-Union being moved up in a division really will not help. After losing a few seniors, one being Isiah Hood, QB Bradley transferring to Frenship and already having some key preseason injuries, and don’t forget that a new coach didn’t come on the scene until July 10th, WU will have a lot of catching up to do. Meadow missed the playoffs last season with a heartbreaking loss to Lorenzo. New coach Brandon Hopper is hoping his team will feel punch and remember that they use to making that postseason birth. This is how it will shake out:

  1. Ropes
  2. Morton
  3. Meadow
  4. Whiteface
  5. Wellman-Union

Quick note: Meadow has the potential to mess up the playoffs for the top two.

Here are other District prediction from around the area

Dist. 2-4A Div. 2 Dist. 2-4A Div. 1 Dist. 2-3A Div. 1 Dist. 3-3A Div. 1
1. LBK Estacado 1. Seminole 1. Shallowater 1. Wall
2. Perryton 2. Andrews 2. Bushland 2. Eastland
3. Levelland 3. Big Spring 3. Slaton 3. Breckenridge
4. Borger 4. San Angelo Lake View 4. Muleshoe 4. Jim Ned
5. Dalhart 5. Littlefield 5. Clyde
6. River Road 6. Early
Dist. 2-2A Div. 1 Dist. 2-1A Div. 1 Dist. 6-1A Div. 1 Dist. 2 -3A Div. 2
1. New Deal 1. Happy 1. Borden County 1. Abernathy
2. Post 2. Naz 2. Sands 2. Colorado City
3. Sundown 3. Lorenzo 3. Kondike 3. Coahoma
4. Floydada 4. Petersburg 4. Grady 4. Idalou
5. Hale Center 5. Hart 5. O’Donnell 5. Stanton
6. Olton 6. Roosevelt