THEOLDCOACH CLASS 6A REGION I OUTLOOK
It appears once again the deepest region in the state in Class 6A will be in Region I and although by size its the most vast, the power is concentrated once again in the DFW area. Division I powers Allen and Euless Trinity appear to be on a collision course to meet in another playoff classic and Allen's aura invincibility is gone after the Eagles long winning streak was snapped in the state semi-finals by Austin Westlake.
West Texas has tradition on their side and not since Abilene's title team of 2009 has the area produced a viable state title contender, this year the area boasts two teams who feel like they have a chance to make some noise in San Angelo Central and Abilene. Central got to the third round for the second straight year and gave Denton Guyer all they wanted before falling short, the Bobcats lose a big time QB but they have the pieces in place for what many think could be their best team yet. Abilene High lost to Arlington Lamar in heartbreaking fashion in bi-district last year, but they boast big time skill talent,a solid defense and senior leadership. Both teams could be poised for big things in 2016, the key for San Angelo Central is will they go Division I or Division II? If two schools out of the Permian Basin make the playoffs, Central goes Division II, if just one makes it the Bobcats go Division I. The El Paso area has made great strides recently and the Sun City boasts three teams with potential to advance out of the first round in Eastwood and Americas (area finalists in 2015) and El Dorado.
Mansfield, who won the Division II Region I crown last year loses quite a bit but they will still be formidable. The Tigers join the Arlington schools in 4-6A so expect Martin, Lamar, Bowie and Arlington High to give the Tigers a rude welcome. There will be one really good squad in this district that misses the playoffs in 2016.
Trinity and Southlake Carroll headline the field in 5-6A, both are expected to be top seeds in their respective divisions, the real battle will be for the last two playoff spots as Marcus, Hebron and Lewisville High all will be in the mix. This won't be a vintage SLC squad, but Trinity after last year's shocking first round playoff exit will have a major chip on their shoulder.
Allen for a team that had won three straight state titles from 2012-2014 and had won their first 14 games of the year last year seems to be flying under the radar a bit under new HC Terry Gambill, the Eagles non-district slate is tough and so we will have a good idea of where they stand out of the chute. Denton Guyer is another under the radar team after their star QB moved to DeSoto, don't feel too sorry for the Wildcats they'll be plenty potent their new QB has time in the system and will run the Wildcats physical offensive system like a seasoned veteran. Plano East is a real sleeper and could be poised to make some real noise in 2016 as well, the only problem for the Panthers is a potential first round playoff matchup with Trinity.
District 7-6A loses Mansfield, but the power still remains with number one Cedar Hill the prohibited favorite in this region in Division II, the Longhorns bring back a wealth of talent and they much like Trinity have a chip on their shoulder after the loss to Southlake in bi-district. DeSoto was very disappointing last year, but the Eagles bring back loads of talent and a new QB as well. The Eagles are likely bound for Division II this year as Duncanville under Reginald Samples is poised for a breakthrough in 2016. District 8-6A, the Central Texas district moves back to Region I, Belton may be the team to watch out of this group after several years of domination by Waco Midway.
Division I Finals
Euless Trinity over Allen
Division II Finals
Cedar Hill over DeSoto