4A Bi-District Predictions

Check out Josh Pratt's picks for the bi-district round of the playoffs.

4A DIVISION I

REGION I

Levelland over Clint Mountain View

Decatur over Stephenville

Andrews over Borger

Brownwood over Sanger

Abilene Wylie over Hirschi

Pampa over Clint

Argyle over Snyder

Lubbock Estacado over Fabens

Outlook

Anyone can get hot at the right time, but when you look at contenders you look at consistency throughout the season.  At this point, Argyle, Andrews and Abilene Wylie have been the most consistent in their body of work.  Looking at teams on the bottom half of the bracket, Argyle and Wylie are on a collision course in the regional semifinals.  On the other side, I believe that Levelland, Decatur, Brownwood or Sanger could end up emerging.  The top games to watch in the first round will be Decatur/Stephenville and Brownwood/Sanger.

Regional Final Pick: Argyle over Andrews

REGION II

Kennedale over Wilmer-Hutchins

Terrell over North Lamar

Midlothian Heritage over Lake Worth

Liberty-Eylau over Kaufman

Paris over Crandall

Alvarado over Springtown

Van over Princeton

Mineral Wells over Ranchview

Outlook

I'm not sure if one of these team is going to win state, but they are going to be battle tested coming out of this region.  At this point, I could easily see nine teams here potentially winning the region.  Two of them are playing in the first round with Liberty-Eylau/Kaufman - that will be our pick for the game to watch.  If there was an upset alert game, I believe it should go to Mineral Wells/Ranchview.  Terrell/North Lamar will be another good game to monitor on Friday night. 

Regional Final Pick: Kennedale over Van

REGION III

Kilgore over Navasota

Stafford over Worthing

Bridge City over Center

Bay City over Yates

North Forest over Columbia

Carthage over Silsbee

El Campo over Washington

Henderson over LCM

Outlook

Though there is a lot of football to be played here, I believe this region will probably come down to a team out of 9-4A and either El Campo/Stafford.  Teams such as North Forest and Bridge City are worthy opponents, but all signs point to that scenario playing out.  Bridge City will have their chance to prove a point versus a solid Center team.  A thorough victory there would be impressive.  Kilgore/Navasota is traditionally intriguing, but Navasota has had a rough go of it in 2016. 

Regional Final Pick: El Campo over Kilgore 

REGION IV

La Vega over Fredericksburg

Rockport-Fulton over La Feria

Taylor over Burnet

Somerset over King

Beeville Jones over Zapata

Liberty Hill over Canyon Lake

Rio Grande City Grulla over La Vernia

China Spring over Boerne

Outlook

For region IV, it's very simple - will there be a team that can stop the potential rematch of China Spring and La Vega in the state quarterfinals?  The two teams played twice last year and all indications have it going down to that again in 2016.  If there is a sign of a chink in the armor of 13-4A, it will have to come with Canyon Lake beating Liberty Hill.  That would tell me that not only does Canyon Lake have a shot, but additionally Taylor could be in the mix.  Rio Grande City Grulla/La Vernia should be another close one. 

Regional Final Pick: La Vega over China Spring

4A DIVISION II

REGION I

Perryton over Seminole

Iowa Park over Hillsboro

Monahans over Denver City

Graham over Godley

Krum over Waxahachie Life

Sweetwater over Dalhart

Glen Rose over Vernon

Midland Greenwood over Bushland

Outlook

In most cases, you are not going to see all four teams from one district advance.  In this region, it's a real possibility with 3-4A.  That district is very strong while 4-4A is lacking somewhat with top end teams.  Glen Rose will be favored versus Vernon, but it is a game that could go either way.  Midland Greenwood and Bushland or Perryton and Seminole are the two other big matchups to watch in this round.  

Regional Final Pick: Monahans over Sweetwater

REGION II

Celina over Emory Rains

Gladewater over Tatum

Wills Point over Bonham

Pleasant Grove over Rusk

Gilmer over Diboll

Dallas Lincoln over Melissa

Pittsburg over Jasper

Aubrey over Canton

Outlook

This appears to be one of those regions where someone could surprisingly sneak up and find themselves playing in the state semifinals.  Don't get me wrong, the odds on favorite will still be Gilmer or Celina, but you have some quality teams here that could up end either of those two.  We will get a better feel for that in games such as Gladewater/Tatum and Jasper/Pittsburg.  If Gladewater and Pittsburg win both of those games, it's looking better and better for Gilmer.  If not, then things can quickly become tight. 

Regional Final Pick: Gilmer over Celina

REGION III

Lorena over Gonzales

Liberty over Madisonville

Giddings over Connally

Shepherd over Hardin-Jefferson

Bellville over Orangefield

La Grange over Salado

West Orange-Stark over Tarkington

Robinson over Caldwell

Outlook 

When you look at region III West Orange-Stark immediately jumps out to you.  The Mustangs are scoring plenty of points, but in the playoffs it is defense that wins championships.  We know they are capable of holding opponents down with just 30 points given up all year in 10 games.  Bellville will be a potential third round game to watch, but Giddings looming in the quarterfinals should be the big one.  The Buffaloes are ranked #5 in our latest poll and had few problems in their district. 

Regional Final Prediction: West Orange-Stark over Giddings 

REGION IV

Navarro over Poteet

Port Isabel over Sweeny

Devine over Hondo

Wharton over Orange Grove

Cuero over Raymondville

Crystal City over Llano

Sinton over Rio Hondo

Wimberley over Pearsall

Outlook 

When you look at the most unpredictable games in the bi-district round, Sinton and Rio Hondo has to be near the top of the list. Sinton did defeat this same Rio Hondo team (34-14) in week one, but that was very early and it's very difficult to beat the same team twice in one year.  Another big game is going to be Port Isabel and Sweeny.  If Sweeny were to pull that game off in addition to Sinton beating Rio Hondo, that would probably mean a clean sweep for district 15-4A.  

Regional Final Prediction: Navarro over Cuero


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