TheOldCoach Class 6A Bracketology

THEOLDCOACH breaks down the 6A brackets, things to watch for, possible first round upset watch and we make our picks in each region, It's playoff time in Texas and TOC will be all over the state!

THEOLDCOACH CLASS 6A BRACKETOLOGY

DIVISION I

Region I

Amarillo Tascosa (8-2) at El Paso El Dorado (7-3) Friday 8:30pm Socorro ISD Student Activity Center, El Paso

Arlington Bowie (6-4) vs. Odessa Permian (9-1) Friday 7:00pm Ratliff Stadium, Odessa

Plano East (7-3) vs. Denton Ryan (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Collins Stadium, Denton

South Grand Prairie (6-4) vs. Euless Trinity (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Pennington Field, Bedford

El Paso Montwood (6-3) at Amarillo (8-2) Friday 6:00pm Bivins Stadium, Amarillo

Midland (4-6) vs. Arlington Martin (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Maverick Stadium, Arlington

Trophy Club Nelson (6-4) vs. Allen (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Eagle Stadium, Allen

Coppell (6-4) vs. DeSoto (5-5) Friday 7:30pm Eagle Stadium, DeSoto

Allen and their long winning streak is the clear headliner here, the Eagles depth in all phases of the game but most notably up front gives them a big advantage. However, as it has been in the Eagles three title runs the road to the title is paced with tough games. The second round matchup potentially won’t be near as tough as DeSoto at 5-5 appears to be very average. However, the third and fourth rounds look to be much tougher with Arlington Martin and undefeated Trinity looming. Trinity has the size and depth up front to contend with Allen and the Trojans a year ago were close to pulling off the upset. Trinity has a potential third round landmine with a trip to Ratliff Stadium looming against a strong Odessa Permian bunch. There may not be a quieter team out there than 10-0 Denton Ryan who has flown under the radar all year, the Raiders have an explosive passing game and a very tough defense. They have a dangerous first round opponent in Plano East and then they have a possible area round game with Trinity. Trinity’s road is the easily the toughest of all with potentially four incredibly challenging games. In the end, until Allen loses they are the favorite until proven otherwise.

First Round Upset Potential

El Paso El Dorado over Amarillo Tascosa

Final Four

Euless Trinity over Odessa Permian; Allen over Arlington Martin

Regional Champ

Allen

Region II

Richardson Lake Highlands (4-6) vs. Dallas Skyline (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Forrester Field, Dallas

Belton (5-5) vs. Rowlett (8-2) Friday 7:30pm HBJ Stadium, Garland

Austin Bowie (8-2) vs. Round Rock Cedar Ridge (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Reeves Athletic Complex, Round Rock

Humble Atascocita (9-1) vs. Klein Collins (9-1) Friday 7:00pm Memorial Stadium, Klein

Irving MacArthur (6-4) vs. North Mesquite (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Memorial Stadium, Mesquite

Sachse (7-3) vs. Killeen Shoemaker (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Buckley Stadium, Killeen

Round Rock (8-2) vs. Austin Westlake (9-1) Friday 7:00pm Chaparral Stadium, Austin

Klein Oak (6-4) vs. The Woodlands (9-1) Friday 7:00pm Woodforest Bank Stadium, Shenandoah

In years past Dallas Skyline would be the prohibited favorite in Region II, but with two regular season losses Skyline is vulnerable. The Raiders have a state title caliber defense, but they’ve been offensively challenged all year. That opens the door for several teams from Austin highlighted by one loss Austin Westlake. The Chaps have one of the top QB’s in the state and a stingy defense, but do they have enough playmakers at the skill spots? Round Rock Cedar Ridge is as explosive as any team in the region, but the Raiders lack playoff experience, they haven’t won a postseason game in two prior playoff trips. Klein Collins was a trendy pick to make noise, but late season struggles have many taking Atascocita to knock Collins off. Sachse is very talented at the skill spots, but the Mustangs have a tough road trip ahead of them against a team that can exploit their weakness in Killeen Shoemaker. North Mesquite is a playoff newcomer, they are very young but talented on each side of the ball. The favorite in this region may end up being The Woodlands, the Highlanders may have the top defensive unit in the state and they’ve lost just one game a seven point defeat to Katy. The Woodlands fits right in with the other teams in this bracket in that they are defense first.

First Round Upset Potential

Round Rock over Austin Westlake

Final Four

The Woodlands over North Mesquite; Klein Collins over Dallas Skyline

Regional Champ

The Woodlands

Region III

Aldine Nimitz (2-8) vs. Cypress Falls (8-2) Saturday 1:00pm Berry Center, Cypress

Houston Bellaire (5-5) vs. Katy Cinco Ranch (9-1) Saturday 1:00pm Rhodes Stadium, Katy

Pasadena Dobie (5-5) vs. Galena Park North Shore (7-3) Friday 7:00pm Galena Park ISD Stadium, Galena Park

Clear Springs (5-5) vs. Alief Taylor (8-2) Friday 7:00pm Crump Stadium, Alief

Cypress Fairbanks (6-4) vs. Aldine Eisenhower (7-3) Saturday 6:00pm Thorne Stadium, Aldine

Katy Morton Ranch (5-5) vs. Houston Lamar (9-1) Friday 7:00pm Delmar Stadium, Houston

Beaumont West Brook (6-4) vs. Pearland (10-0) Friday 7:00pm The Rig, Pearland

Alief Elsik (7-3) vs. Dickinson (9-1) Friday 7:00pm Vitanza Stadium, Dickinson

Once again Region III in Division I is wide opener, there’s no real dominant team in the region but several very good teams. Last year’s regional winner and runner up were big surprises, Cy Ranch is Division II this year while Dickinson is back after a 9-1 season. The Gators luster was lost a bit in their Week 10 loss to Clear Creek but with a playoff savvy roster now Dickinson will be a force. A potential area round matchup with Pearland awaits, the Oilers are riding high after a last minute win over a strong Manvel squad to finish the regular season undefeated. The winner of that game will likely be the true favorite in this region but past history indicates the favorite doesn’t win this region. There’s a solid cast of teams lying in wait including Cy Falls, Cinco Ranch and Houston Lamar. It’s shocking, but one team not mentioned among the favorites is Galena Park North Shore. Discount the Mustangs at your own risk!

First Round Upset Potential

Aldine Eisenhower over Cy Fair

Final Four

Galena Park North Shore over Katy Cinco Ranch; Pearland over Houston Lamar

Regional Champ

Pearland

Region IV

San Antonio Churchill (6-4) at Converse Judson (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Rutledge Stadium, Converse

San Antonio Southwest (3-7) vs. San Antonio O’Connor (7-3) Thursday 7:00pm Gustafson Stadium, San Antonio

LaJoya Juarez-Lincoln (4-6) vs. Laredo United (8-2) Friday 7:30pm United ISD Student Activity Center, Laredo

Los Fresnos (9-1) vs. Weslaco (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Lackey Stadium, Weslaco

Smithson Valley (7-3) vs. San Antonio Reagan (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Comalander Stadium, San Antonio

San Antonio Stevens (8-2) vs. San Antonio East Central (4-6) Friday 7:30pm Hornet Stadium, San Antonio

Laredo United South (6-4) vs. McAllen Memorial (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Memorial Stadium, McAllen

Edinburg Economedes (5-5) vs. Harlingen (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Boggus Stadium, Harlingen

Region IV looks to be a two horse race between Judson and undefeated San Antonio Reagan, the big question is there anyone outside of this mix who can make some noise. The first look will be in San Antonio, where O’Connor and Stevens will be viable opposition potentially in the area round. Both teams will be underdogs, but they are capable of pulling the upset. The Rio Grande Valley has a group of four solid teams, the most capable of contending with teams from San Antonio is McAllen Memorial who is unbeaten, but that area round matchup with Harlingen is challenging. Harlingen opened the season playing San Antonio Reagan very close, so the Cardinals won’t be intimidated. Los Fresnos, Weslaco and Laredo United all have different strengths and are solid, but they don’t have the athleticism to contend with a team like Judson at the top of the bracket.

First Round Upset Potential

Smithson Valley over San Antonio Reagan

Final Four

Converse Judson over Weslaco; San Antonio Reagan over McAllen Memorial

Regional Champ

Converse Judson

DIVISION II

Region I

Lubbock Monterey (5-5) vs. El Paso Americas (6-4) 5:00pm Socorro ISD Student Activity Center, El Paso

Arlington (5-5) vs. San Angelo Central (9-1) Friday 7:00pm San Angelo Stadium, San Angelo

Lewisville Hebron (4-6) vs. Denton Guyer (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Apogee Stadium, Denton

Cedar Hill (9-1) vs. Southlake Carroll (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Dragon Stadium, Southlake

El Paso Eastwood (8-2) vs. Wolfforth Frenship (7-3) Friday 7:00pm Peoples Bank Stadium, Wolfforth

Abilene (7-3) vs. Arlington Lamar (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Cravens Field, Arlington

Keller Fossil Ridge (5-5) vs. Flower Mound Marcus (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Marauder Stadium, Flower Mound

Colleyville Heritage (5-5) vs. Mansfield (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Newsom Stadium, Mansfield

The big story in Region I Division II is easily Cedar Hill’s visit to Southlake Carroll to open the postseason, one team who played for the regional title a year ago will be ousted in the first round of the playoffs. Abilene and Arlington Lamar both have potential to make noise as well, but one team’s season will end this week as well, Abilene’s loss to Midland Lee a couple of weeks ago cost the Warbirds a home playoff game. Fresh off a big win at home over Odessa Permian, San Angelo Central has hopes of surpassing last year’s third round trip, the Bobcats will have a tall third round order with the Cedar Hill-SLC winner. A possible area round rematch pits Flower Mound Marcus against Mansfield, Marcus knocked Mansfield off in the opening week of the season. The winner has potential for a long playoff push.

First Round Upset Potential

El Paso Eastwood over Wolfforth Frenship

Final Four

Cedar Hill over San Angelo Central; Flower Mound Marcus over Arlington Lamar

Regional Champ

Cedar Hill

Region II

Mesquite Horn (6-4) vs. Dallas Jesuit (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Haggar Stadium, Dallas

Copperas Cove (3-7) vs. Rockwall (7-3) Friday Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium, Rockwall

Austin High (7-3) vs. Pflugerville Hendrickson (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Hawk Stadium, Pflugerville

The Woodlands College Park (3-7) vs. Spring (9-1) Friday 7:00pm George Stadium, Spring

Irving Nimitz (6-4) vs. Highland Park (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Highlander Stadium, University Park

Garland (6-4) vs. Waco Midway (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Panther Stadium, Waco

Pflugerville (3-7) vs. Lake Travis (10-0) Friday 7:00pm Cavalier Stadium, Lake Travis

Spring Westfield (8-2) vs. Humble Kingwood (6-4) Friday 7:00pm Turner Stadium, Humble

The Spring ISD schools could be in for another regional final rematch if the brackets break right, the regular season meeting ended in ugly fashion with an all out brawl that caused the game to be ended early and both teams had to forfeit. Westfield led the game at the time of the forfeit, but Spring ended up with the district title. Lake Travis is riding high, undefeated the Cavaliers suffered a significant injury late in the year, do they have enough offense to go along with that stingy defense? The top part of the bracket Is full of sleepers highlighted by talented Pflugerville Hendrickson and Dallas Jesuit, who defeated Skyline earlier this year. Jesuit hosts a first round game and they have a tremendously dangerous first round game with Mesquite Horn.

First Round Upset Potential

Mesquite Horn over Dallas Jesuit

Final Four

Spring over Rockwall; Spring Westfield over Highland Park

Regional Champ

Spring Westfield

Region III

Houston Memorial (5-5) vs. Cypress Ranch (9-1) Friday 7:00pm Berry Center, Cypress

Houston Westside (4-6) vs. Katy (10-0) Friday 7:00pm Rhodes Stadium, Katy

Pearland Dawson (7-3) vs. LaPorte (8-2) Friday 7:00pm Bulldog Stadium, LaPorte

Friendswood (6-4) vs. Fort Bend Hightower (10-0) Thursday 7:00pm Hall Stadium, Missouri City

Cypress Creek (6-4) vs. Aldine Davis (6-4) Friday 7:00pm Thorne Stadium, Aldine

Houston Strake Jesuit (6-4) vs. Houston Reagan (9-1) Saturday 7:00pm Delmar Stadium, Houston

Channelview (7-3) vs. Manvel (8-2) Friday 7:00pm Memorial Stadium, Alvin

Fort Bend Travis (6-4) vs. Clear Creek (10-0) Friday 7:00pm Veterans Memorial Stadium, League City

In most years, Katy is such a prohibited favorite that previewing Region III is almost a waste of time. That is not the case this year, the depth in Houston has improved greatly and it starts at the top as the Tigers are looking at a potential area round playoff game with Division I state runner up Cy Ranch. The Mustangs physical style will be a tremendously similar to Katy and the way the Tigers have dominated Houston the past 15 years. Unbeaten Hightower has flown under the radar, but the Hurricanes are dangerous, there are questions about the schedule strength. Manvel has more front line FBS talent than any team in the state, but it hasn’t translated to playoff success in 6A. In fact, the Mavericks didn’t even win their own district title losing to Pearland to close the season. Undefeated Clear Creek has emerged as a contender after their Week 10 win over Dickinson. CCHS can score with just about anyone, but can they get defensive stops in the playoffs? If you want a real sleeper, look no further than Houston Reagan who at 9-1 is a real threat out of Houston ISD.

First Round Upset Potential

Friendswood over Fort Bend Hightower

Final Four

Katy over Fort Bend Hightower; Manvel over Cy Creek

Regional Champ

Katy

Region IV

San Antonio MacArthur (6-4) vs. Cibolo Steele (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Lehnhoff Stadium, Schertz

Corpus Christi King (8-2) vs. San Antonio Brennan (8-2) Thursday 7:00pm Farris Stadium, San Antonio

LaJoya Palmview (4-6) vs. Del Rio (7-3) Saturday 2:00pm Levermann Stadium, Del Rio

Brownsville Veterans Memorial (7-3) vs. Weslaco East (7-2) Thursday 7:00pm Lackey Stadium, Weslaco

Schertz Clemens (8-2) vs. San Antonio Johnson (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Heroes Stadium, San Antonio

San Antonio Brandeis (6-4) vs. Corpus Christi Carroll (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi

Laredo Alexander (4-6) vs. McAllen (5-5) Saturday 4:00pm Memorial Stadium, McAllen

PSJA North (5-5) vs. San Benito (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Morrow Stadium, San Benito

This take is usually reserved for Katy in Region III, but this year It goes for Steele in Region IV. I’ll be stunned if anyone has the ability to keep a game even remotely competitive with the Knights. Steele played a tough non-district slate and came away unscathed, they are heavy favorites. Clemens and Johnson, who face off in bi-district have the offensive firepower to at least challenge the Steele defense but they lack the defensive ability to contain Steele’s potent offense. If you are looking for a dangerous team from outside of the Alamo City, Del Rio could qualify. The Rams are battle tested against a tough non-district slate and they look to be playing their best football of the season. Weslaco East has a tough ground game and they have the ability to shorten the game which could keep games closer than they should be. San Antonio Brandeis struggled early under a new HC and with a new offensive system but the Broncos are playoff tested and could be a sleeper as well.

First Round Upset Potential

Corpus Christi King over San Antonio Brennan

Final Four

Cibolo Steele over Del Rio; San Antonio Johnson over San Benito

Regional Champ

Cibolo Steele


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