THEOLDCOACH CLASS 6A REGION IV OUTLOOK
The power structure in Region IV has changed in a big way with the addition of an Austin area district to Region IV, led by last year's 6A runner ups in Austin Westlake and Lake Travis. San Antonio area schools have had a stranglehold on Region IV the past couple of years, but Steele and Judson's dominance will certainly be tested in 2016.
25-5A is highlighted by Westlake and Lake Travis, but make no mistake this district has plenty of depth with 5A powers Vandegrift Vista Ridge moving up to 6A. That means its very likely Westlake and Lake Travis go the Division I route and could meet in an all-Austin state quarter-final. The wildcard in this district is Hays Consolidated, if Hays makes the playoffs that sends Westlake to Division II.
As you move into San Antonio we start in 26-6A which features Northeast ISD, no real powerhouses reside in this district as Reagan went 10-0 last year but lost in the first round of the playoffs, they graduated a good group of seniors and their top returning player transferred to Florida. 27-6A is certainly the power district in the Alamo city as Steele and Judson won the region a year ago, while Smithson Valley and Clemens both advanced to the quarter-finals. The four teams in the district combined for an impressive 14 playoff wins.
District 28-6A features Northside ISD led by O'Connor, Brandeis and Brennan at the top, much like North East ISD there are several good teams with lots of balance but there doesn't appear to be any real legit regional threat. San Antonio Southwest and South San Antonio feel like they got a big break moving south out of the city to the Del Rio/Eagle Pass/United ISD district. Laredo United and Del Rio will be the favorites but South San and Southwest will be right in the playoff mix.
The last three Region IV districts are anchored by the Rio Grande Valley squads, unlike last year when McAllen Memorial was considered by most to be the top team in the Valley. That notion was laid to rest in the area playoffs as long time power Harlingen proved they are the team to beat. The Cardinals had a strong showing in the third round last year and bring back a strong core, the Cardinals along with rival Los Fresnos on paper look to be the top teams in the Valley along with Edinburg Vela who moves up from Class 5A.
Division I Finals
Lake Travis over Austin Westlake
Division II Finals
Cibolo Steele over Smithson Valley