4A DII Region II Top 25 Teams
Coming into 2016, it appears that region II could be top heavy in terms of contenders for the regional title. Celina and Gilmer are two household names at the top and could battle it out for a place in the semifinals. You also have the likes of Jasper, with a rich tradition, and Atlanta, which has picked up their level of play over the past two years.
Though you can never take any team lightly in Texas high school football, Celina may be the biggest favorite to win their district. Celina not only has rich tradition on their side, but they dominated three of their district opponents - 178 to 39 in 2015. Besides the tough loss to Celina last year, Aubrey was fairly strong in district play going 4-0 in their other contests. After a rough 2015 campaign, Melissa should find more success in their new district.
6-4A is not easy to predict. You have a group of teams coming together that were not in the same district last year and no team had a stand out season. Canton did have the most impressive finish, advancing to the area round, which makes them the favorites to win the district. Wills Point should be vastly improved with 16 starters returning.
After losing Jeff Traylor to the University of Texas, Coach Matt Turner and the Gilmer Buckeyes were able to keep the train rolling in 2015 with a 14-1 record and state semifinal finish. The Buckeyes return more than they lose on each side of the ball, so another run is probable. One team that could stop them from setting up a re-match with Celina would be Atlanta. The two played each other in the quarterfinals last year and are now in the same district. Teams such as Pittsburg, Gladewater and Pleasant Grove make this the deepest district in the region.
When you think of some of the most consistent programs in the state, you have to think of the Jasper Bulldogs. Coach Darrell Barbay and his team will be moving over from region III to region II and have a whole new set of teams to deal with. Tatum could be their top competition. The Eagles ran into a bunch of bad luck with injuries last year which led to an 0-10 finish. Don't expect that to carry over into 2016 as Coach Craig Baker now takes over the program.