4A DII Region IV Top 25 Teams
5. Geronimo Navarro
The landscape of region IV will not be changing much for 2016. Cuero is Cuero and is the defending regional champs. Teams such as Navarro, Devine and Sinton fell to the Gobblers last season in the playoffs, but all will return with another shot at getting on top. Region IV has a total of four top ten teams in the state - more than any other region in division II.
Navarro was very dominant in their 2015 district campaign, going 4-0 with a scoring advantage of 202 to 21. Linebacker Jake Wright returns as the district's MVP from a season ago. Wimberley really struggled to open up 2015, going 0-6 before winning five out of their next six contests. The Texans ended up going three rounds deep before falling to Sinton, 29-21.
Devine had some close district calls last season, but return more than most in the district. That should set up the Warhorses as the favorites in 14-4A. One of the teams that played Devine close was Pearsall, 22-14. The Mavericks have about half of their team returning for this season. Crystal City was the other team to play Devine tight and should make the top three spots in the district competitive.
This district should be the deepest in the region, with three teams ranked inside of the top ten. On top of that group is the well-known Cuero Gobblers. It will not be easy as both Wharton (35-13) and Sinton (14-10) actually defeated Cuero in the regular season. The Gobblers got revenge when it counted the most in the playoffs, defeating the Pirates, 28-0. Wharton returns the most out of the three, with 17 coming back as compared to 14 for Cuero and 10 for Sinton.
The only district in the region to not have a team ranked is 16-4A. Orange Grove would like to prove some people wrong this season after going a combined 40-7 the past four years. The district could play out the same as it did a year ago with Rio Hondo, Port Isabel and Raymondville projected to be back in the playoffs.