THEOLDCOACH CLASS 6A REGION II OUTLOOK
UIL Realignment brought about big change in Region II which stretches from the eastern portions of DFW, down to the Houston area and into the northern suburbs of the Austin area. Both defending regional champions Austin Westlake and Lake Travis are off to Region IV, so the region is wide open with contenders abound.
Coppell moves over from a brutal Region I district and takes the mantle as 9-6A favorite, but Dallas Jesuit and Dallas Skyline will prove to be tough. Skyline took a big step back last year and many think the Raiders could finish as a low as third in their new district. Garland ISD gets their own district in 10-6A and it appears to be a two horse race between Sachse and Rowlett for bragging rights, Garland High despite the coaching change looks solid as the third place team but the battle for that fourth and final playoff spot should be wild.
Top to bottom there isn't a tougher district in the Region than 11-6A which boasts five squads capable of winning the district title, four of those five teams won at least one playoff game and three of the five teams in the district won at least two playoff games. That means there will be some absolute wars in this district, the East Texas teams (most notably Longview and John Tyler) will have major edges when they host the DFW teams out in the Piney Woods. Longview is considered by many to be an outside contender for the Region II Division II title.
District 12-6A features the biggest curveball of all as the UIL lumped Beaumont Westbrook in with Lufkin and the Conroe ISD schools, it'll make for some long road trips and some intriguing potential playoff matchups without question. Lufkin, back in 6A after a hiatus in 5A is likely to be right in the mix for the district title along with traditional power The Woodlands. The battle for the other two playoff spots is wide open, but the early edge has to go to West Brook and Conroe Oak Ridge. Lufkin, which had a very young team in 2015 is considered by many to be another outside contender for the regional title.
The Austin area takes up District 13-6A and 14-6A and there doesn't appear to be a true area power in Region II, there's some solid teams and some parity but no real regional contender stands out in this group. The two teams with the best chance of sustained playoff success appear to be Round Rock Cedar Ridge and Pflugerville Hendrickson. 14-6A is a small six team district that features Manor and San Marcos, both up from Class 5A.
The Houston area boasts powerful teams in 15-6A and 16-6A and several potential regional title contenders, in 16-6A the Spring ISD schools Westfield and Spring played for the regional title in 2014 and with both looking like they'll be in separate divisions Spring ISD could have two regional champions. Klein Collins has had back to back outstanding seasons and could be a threat in 15-6A along with Houston Stratford up from Class 5A.
Division I Finals
Spring Westfield over Rockwall
Division II Finals
Lufkin over Spring