4A DI Region I Top 25 Teams
3. Abilene Wylie
4A DI Region I has a lot of the familiar faces returning. Traditional power Abilene Wylie is coming back from a state semifinalist run, while the likes of Brownwood, Sanger, Andrews and Stephenville provide nice depth to the region. The defending state finalist - Argyle - will now be joining the group after moving over from region II.
1-4A only features a total of four teams, so everyone will be in the post-season when November rolls around. Levelland and Pampa should fight it out for the top two spots. The Lobos have 17 starters returning from a regional semifinalist team. Pampa, which defeated Levelland (42-23) last season, will be bringing back 12 from their area round run.
2-4A will be Andrews' district to lose in 2016. The Mustangs had a 199-32 scoring advantage against the same four other opponents that made up this district from 2015. Andrews QB Triston Williams was one of the best in the state last year, throwing for over 4,300 yards while accounting for 60 TDs. The other spots should be up in the air, but Clint, with six straight seasons with more wins than loses, will get the early edge.
3-4A is going to be one of the top districts in the state to watch. Wylie has some holes to fill on both sides of the ball, but if the long-standing tradition continues, the Bulldogs will be reloading instead of rebuilding. After a few sub-par seasons for Brownwood, the Lions took a major step forward in 2015 with a state quarterfinals appearance. Former Shallowater coach Kyle Maxfield will now takes reigns of the program. Stephenville was just 4-7 last season, but can we really expect the Yellow Jackets to have back-to-back losing seasons?
4-4A will be headlined by Coach Todd Rodgers and Argyle. Since the 2009 season, the Eagles have been one of the most dominant programs in the state, compiling a 95-9 record and a state championship victory in 2013. With over half of the team returning, the #1 spot in the ranking should not surprise many. Sanger was solid in 2015 with a 10-2 record and an area round finish, and will be favored over Decatur, Burkburnett, Gainesville and Hirschi for the number two slot.