TheOldCoach Class 3A Bracketology

THEOLDCOACH breaks down the 3A 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 3A BRACKETOLOGY

DIVISION I

Region I

Slaton (3-7) vs. Muleshoe (9-1) Thursday 7:00pm Peoples Bank Stadium, Wolfforth

Brady (7-3) vs. Breckenridge (6-4) Friday 7:30pm Gordon Wood Stadium, Brownwood

Amarillo River Road (4-6) vs. Shallowater (7-2) Thursday 7:30pm Sherwood Memorial Stadium, Plainview

Bowie (5-5) vs. Clyde (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Tarleton Memorial Stadium, Stephenville

Boyd (4-6) vs. Wall (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Longhorn Stadium, Early

Littlefield (5-5) vs. Brownfield (8-1-1) Saturday 7:00pm Lowrey Field, Lubbock

Tuscola Jim Ned (5-5) vs. Brock (10-0) Thursday 7:00pm Shotwell Stadium, Abilene

Denver City (5-5) vs. Childress (7-3) Thursday 7:30pm Mustang Bowl, Sweetwater

After a three deep run in their first year of varsity football, Brock rolled to a 10-0 record and looks to be the favorite in 3A Division I. The Eagles return nearly the entire team from last year and with that playoff experience under their belts they have the potential to navigate a dangerous region. Undefeated Wall and one loss Muleshoe look to be the top contenders along with last year’s regional champion Shallowater. There’s a strong group of second tier teams as well with Clyde, Brownfield and Brady leading the way giving this region plenty of depth, which should make for entertaining games after the first round.

First Round Upset Potential

Denver City over Childress

Final Four

Shallowater over Muleshoe; Brock over Wall

Regional Champ

Brock

Region II

Commerce (5-5) vs. Pottsboro (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Poe Stadium, McKinney

Winnsboro (7-3) vs. White Oak (8-2) Thursday 7:30pm Eagle Stadium, Lindale

Van Alstyne (6-4) vs. Sunnyvale (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Williams Stadium, Garland

Sabine (4-6) vs. Daingerfield (4-6) Thursday 7:00pm Maverick Stadium, Marshall

Gilmer Harmony (6-4) vs. Redwater (5-5) Friday 7:30pm Eagle Stadium, Tatum

Callisburg (8-2) vs. Scurry-Rosser (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Kimbrough Stadium, Murphy

Prariland (6-4) vs. Mineola (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Wildcat Stadium, Emory

Caddo Mills (8-2) vs. Whitesboro (4-6) Friday 7:30pm Little Elm ISD Stadium, Little Elm

Defending regional champion Mineola comes into the playoffs as a heavy favorite, the ‘Jackets went through the regular season unscathed and with a ton of key players from last year’s state runner up squad Mineola has the pieces in place for another major run. Pottsboro pound for pound had a more dominating season than Mineola, but the Cardinals didn’t have to navigate quite the schedule that Mineola had. These two played a close playoff game a year ago and a regional final rematch looks likely. Sunnyvale and White Oak look like legitmate contenders as well, White Oak likely has an area round showdown with Pottsboro. Mineola’s side of the bracket doesn’t look quits as deep but Scurry-Rosser could be a real sleeper.

First Round Upset Potential

Whitesboro over Caddo Mills

Final Four

Pottsboro over Sunnyvale; Mineola over Scurry-Rosser

Regional Champ

Mineola

Region III

Little River Academy (5-5) vs. Grandview (10-0) Saturday 1:00pm Waco ISD Stadium, Waco

Palestine Westwood (8-2) vs. East Chambers (9-1) Thursday 7:00pm Texan Drive Stadium, Porter

McGregor (5-5) vs. Cameron Yoe (9-1) Thursday 7:00pm Waco ISD Stadium, Waco

Buna (5-5) vs. Malakoff (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Dragon Stadium, Nacogdoches

Woodville (5-5) vs. Teague (8-1) Thursday 7:00pm Bowers Stadium, Huntsville

Comanche (5-5) vs. Rockdale (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Mustang Stadium, Marble Falls

Kemp (4-6) vs. Kirbyville (9-1) Thursday 7:30pm Bulldog Stadium, Carthage

Troy (8-2) vs. West (9-1) Saturday 7:00pm Waco ISD Stadium, Waco

Region III in 3A is easily the most loaded region, this group boasts three time state champion Cameron Yoe who is the favorite. The Yoemen have experience across the board and until they are beaten you’ve got to peg Yoe as the clear favorite. The competition is thick and it starts with 9-1 Malakoff potentially taking on Yoe in the area round. Above Yoe is unbeaten Grandview and 9-1 East Chambers, the winner of that area round game likely takes on Yoe in the regional semi-finals barring a major upset. The bottom of the bracket looks to be just as loaded with 8-1 Teague and 8-2 Rockdale likely paired up for a big time area round game in Central Texas, while red hot Kirbyville will matchup with the West/Troy winner. Lots of gaudy records and big time teams in this region.

First Round Upset Potential

Comanche over Rockdale

Final Four

Cameron Yoe over East Chambers; Kirbyville over Rockdale

Regional Champ

Cameron Yoe

Region IV

Vanderbilt Industrial (2-8) vs. Luling (4-6) Friday 7:30pm Memorial Stadium, Bastrop

Goliad (6-4) vs. Lyford (6-4) Thursday 7:00pm Memorial Stadium, Alice

Universal City Randolph (4-6) vs. Edna (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Veterans Memorial Stadium, Beeville

San Diego (6-4) vs. Mathis (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Vaqueros Stadium, San Diego

Falfurrias (4-6) vs. Hallettsville (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Bulldog Stadium, Somerset

Marion (7-3) vs. Hitchcock (8-2) Thursday 7:00pm Waller ISD Stadium, Waller

George West (4-6) vs. Aransas Pass (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Greyhound Stadium, Taft

Rice Consolidated (4-6) vs. Comfort (5-5) Friday 7:30pm Matador Stadium, Seguin

Edna was the surprise winner of this region last year and the Cowboys should count themselves among the favorites once again in what appears to be a wide open regional race. Hallettsville, who won the region the previous two seasons is primed for a return run as the Brahamas are as hot as any team in Class 3A right now. Hallettsville at the bottom of the bracket has some tough competition in Aransas Pass, in the third round and the winner of Hitchcock/Marion in the area playoffs. Mathis and Edna meet up in the area round at the top of the bracket, the winner of that matchup is the likely challenger to Hallettsville in the regional final. Don’t totally discount Goliad, they were the regional favorite a year ago but they were upset by Edna in the second round of the playoffs a year ago.

First Round Upset Potential

George West over Aransas Pass

Final Four

Mathis over Goliad; Hallettsville over Aransas Pass

Regional Champ

Hallettsville

DIVISION II

Region I

Holliday (4-6) vs. Idalou (10-0) Friday 7:00pm Bulldog Stadium, Abilene

Colorado City (4-6) vs. Reagan County (6-4) Friday 7:30pm Buffalo Stadium, Forsan

Amarillo Highland Park (6-4) vs. Cisco (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Lion Stadium, Vernon

Alpine (5-5) vs. Coleman (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Grande Communications Stadium, Midland

Crane (3-7) vs. Post (10-0) Thursday 7:00pm Wigwam Stadium, Seminole

Sanford-Fritch (4-6) vs. Henrietta (9-1) Thursday 7:00pm Milam Stadium, Weatherford, OK

Ballinger (6-4) vs. Sonora (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Battlin’ Billie Stadium, Fredericksburg

Eastland (8-2) vs. Spearman (9-1) Friday 7:00pm Todd Field Shallowater

Region I in Division II looks to be flat out loaded with top caliber teams, last year’s regional champion Sonora may be relegated to spoiler in this bracket as there is a lot of quality. It starts with regional favorite and traditional power Cisco, the Loboes lone loss this season was to Division I power Wall and they own wins over contenders Eastland and Henrietta. Two under the radar squads from the high plains are unbeaten Idalou and Post, both are fully capable of winning the region as well. Coleman, whose only loss of the year was to Post will present a very difficult area round matchup for Coleman.

First Round Upset Potential

Eastland over Spearman

Final Four

Cisco over Idalou; Post over Sonora

Regional Champ

Cisco

Region II

Edgewood (4-6) vs. Howe (9-1) Thursday 7:30pm Royse City ISD Stadium, Royse City

Hughes Springs (6-4) vs. West Rusk (9-1) Thursday 7:00pm Lobo Stadium, Longview

Leonard (4-6) vs. Alba-Golden (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Royse City ISD Stadium, Royse City

Winona (7-3) vs. Omaha Paul Pewitt (6-4) Friday 7:30 pm Lobo Stadium, Longview

Arp (5-5) vs. Hooks (9-1) Thursday 7:00pm Traylor Stadium, Gilmer

S&S Consolidated (4-6) vs. Lone Oak (4-6) Friday 7:30pm Hendrix Stadium, Princeton

DeKalb (5-5) vs. Waskom (10-0) Friday 7:00pm Traylor Stadium, Gilmer

Grand Saline (5-5) vs. Gunter (7-3) Thursday 7:30pm Hendrix Stadium, Princeton

Is there anyone who can stop the freight train that is Waskom?? The Wildcats have won 39 of their last 41 games including a state title last year and it doesn’t appear there’s any stopping the flexbone attack as they head into the playoffs. District rival West Rusk, who finished 9-1 (blowout loss to Waskom) has the potential to meet up with WHS once again in the regional final but based on how soundly they were defeated I’m not sure that will be much of a contest. The biggest challenge for heavily favored Waskom could come in the third round as a very strong Hooks bunch looks poised to contend, if Waskom has an off night Hooks is more than capable of pulling the upset.

First Round Upset Potential

Grand Saline over Gunter

Final Four

West Rusk over Omaha Paul Pewitt; Waskom over Hooks

Regional Champ

Waskom

Region III

Dublin (4-6) vs. Blooming Grove (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Burleson Stadium, Burleson

Corrigan-Camden (6-4) vs. Trinity (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Eagle Stadium, Woodville

Maypearl (4-6) vs. Jarrell (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Bulldog Stadium, McGregor

Lexington (5-5) vs. Crockett (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Goat Stadium, Groesbeck

Buffalo (4-6) vs. Newton (6-4) Friday 7:30pm Falcon Stadium, Huffman

Rio Vista (4-6) vs. Marlin (5-5) Saturday 6:00pm Head Stadium, Alvarado

Garrison (5-5) vs. Franklin (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Wildcat Stadium, Palestine

Clifton (5-5) vs. Palmer (3-7) Friday 7:30pm Head Stadium, Alvarado

Defending regional champion Newton may not have the prettiest record, but the Eagles are battle tested and look to be poised for a repeat. There is a challenger that has emerged and that is undefeated Franklin who breezed through the regular season and ended number one in several polls. The Lions are no stranger to deep playoff runs, but they haven’t won the region recently. Crockett is a high powered offensive unit which makes them a difficult matchup, but do they have the defense to make a playoff run? Unbeaten Jarrell has been in the top ten all year, but they’ve had some close calls and lack a signature win, are they for real?

First Round Upset Potential

Lexington over Crockett

Final Four

Jarrell over Trinity; Franklin over Newton

Regional Champ

Franklin

Region IV

Karnes City (4-6) vs. East Bernard (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Cowboy Memorial Stadium, Edna

Kingsville Academy (7-2) vs. Dilley (6-4) Friday 7:30pm Gosch Field, Dilley

Van Vleck (3-7) vs. Blanco (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Bulldog Stadium, Yoakum

Freer (3-7) vs. Taft (9-1) Saturday 7:00pm Greyhound Stadium, Taft

Cotulla (4-6) vs. Odem (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Southside ISD Stadium, San Antonio

Tidehaven (6-4) vs. Stockdale (5-5) Friday 7:30pm Shorthorn Stadium, Schulenburg

Banquete (4-6) vs. Hebbronville (4-6) Friday 7:30pm Pirate Stadium, Mathis

Poth (4-6) vs. Boling (9-1) Thursday 7:30pm Cowboy Memorial Stadium, Edna

After losing their first two games of the season East Bernard has been on a roll winning eight straight and they’ve asserted themselves as the regional favorite. The Brahmas will should cruise into the third round, but they could face a real stern test with the Blanco/Taft winner. Blanco was the regional champion a year ago and their defense is playing as good as anyone in the state. Taft at 9-1 is under the radar and could really test Blanco’s defense. After going on a surprise run a year ago, Odem has blitzed through the regular season and folks in Odem feel like they have the team that could contend for the regional title. One loss Boling could test Odem, but do they have the playoff experience to get the job done?

First Round Upset Potential

Stockdale over Tidehaven

Final Four

East Bernard over Blanco; Odem over Boling

Regional Champ

East Bernard


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