3A DII Region I Top 25 Teams
When you have 9 out of the 25 teams coming out of one region, you know you are looking at one of the best in the state. The region was already slated to be a tough one for 2016, but when it was announced that Canadian would be moving up from 2A, it made things just that much more grueling.
There are no easy district in this region, and 1-3A plays a big roll in that. The back-to-back defending state champion Canadian Wildcats will headline the group. Many are waiting to see if they can match the success they had at the 2A level. Childress comes down from division one, where they ended with a bi-district finish. Spearman was 9-0 last year before losing their final two games of the season.
Can Idalou continue their dominance for another season? The Wildcats only return 3 starters from 2015, but there is a lot of ground to be made up from the other teams in this district. Colorado City is one of those teams that will have to close the gap from their 58-14 area round loss.
Sonora is going to be the heavy favorites out of district 3-3A. The Broncos steamrolled their way through district last season and have eight coming back on each side of the ball - more than anyone else in the district. Reagan County was in the post-season for the first time since 2007 and will look to build on that for 2016. Ballinger should feature a strong running game with Clayton Crabb returning.
As far as the top district to watch out of region I, 4-3A is going to get that nod. Coleman had an impressive run to the regional semifinals, defeating new district foe Cisco before falling to Idalou. The Bluecats return almost their entire team. Cisco will look to get revenge and return to the top where the Loboes were in 2013. Coach James Morton left Midland Lee to take over the Eastland program which has had a large amount of success the past five seasons.