PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
Division 1 Team in all caps
1. AMARILLO PALO DURO
3. Canyon Randall
6. Amarillo Caprock
District 3-4A appears to be a district with four teams fighting for 3 playoff spots. On paper Palo Duro looks to be the cream of the crop as last year's district champion Hereford appears down. Canyon Randall and Pampa will likley be in a fight to the finish for a playoff spot as well. Look for Dumas and Amarillo Caprock to both be more competitive this year however there is still a long way to go for both programs to compete with the top 4A teams in the panhandle.
AMARILLO PALO DURO DONS
2006 Record: 4-7 (lost to Plainview 34-13 in bi-district)
Outlook:PD is the consensus favorite to win the district title as 28 letterman return. The Dons also will have reinforcements from a strong JV group. Coach Steve Parr's squad as always will have a ton of speed to work with and that is at a premium in West Texas. WR Cedric Johnson is not only one of the top players in the district but he could emerge as one of top receiver prospects in all of West Texas. PDHS has a strong secondary as well with all-district DB's O'Quinn Young and Dustin Lyesight. Palo Duro has made the playoffs every year since 2001 but they have only gotten past the second round twice highlighted by an 11-2 mark in 2001.
2006 Record: 10-2 (lost to El Paso Chapin 53-50 in area)
Outlook:HHS graduated the house literally last year and there will be some major rebuilding work that needs to be done. Hereford still has a solid group of WR's in J.C. Casarez and 6'5 Hunter Birdwell, however their trigger man in Casey Page has graduated. Ryan Mungia will likley take over at QB and how he progresses will go a long way in determining if HHS can get back to the playoffs. Defense is still an area of concern as when you score 50 points in regulation time in a playoff game you should not be losing. HHS has only 3 starters back led by LB Jordy Collier who has excellent size and good speed for his size as well. Hereford will be down but they have enough offense to make it back to the postseason.
CANYON RANDALL RAIDERS
2006 Record: 4-6 (lost to Wolfforth Frenship 45-24 in bi-district)
Outlook:Randall should be poised for major improvement in 2007 after struggling in 2006. With 21 letterman back including 6 starters on offense new HC Kenneth Plunk has hopes of a winning season. The Raiders have an excellent group of skill players but they have some questions on the offensive line. RB Blake Bonner has the potential to be the top back in the entire district. LB Cody Dudding leads a defense that will need to improve for the Raiders to not only make the playoffs but also advance past the bi-district round. Canyon Randall's best season in school history was a 10-4 season in 1997 when they lost to Corsicana in the state semi-finals.
2006 Record: 4-6
Outlook:Pampa missed the playoffs for the first time since 1997 last year. The Harvesters are struggling as a program as declining numbers in the school and in the program is starting to reflect in their performance on the field. Pampa could benefit from a possible drop to Class 3A next realignment. PHS only returns 12 letterman and with mediocre sub-varsity record (JV was 5-5 and freshman team was 4-4-2) we don't expect the Harvesters to do much better than 5 wins. WR/DB Shavious Kelly looks to be the top offensive weapon while LB Jerrod Bivins is a force on D.
2006 Record: 2-8
Outlook:Numbers are good in Dumas as 23 letterman are back but the question is can the Demons make a playoff push?? DHS who has had back to back 2-8 campaigns hasn't made the playoffs since a 10-1 season back in 1997. Dumas is led on offense by QB Shane Johnson who has a big time arm but the skill players that will surround him are question marks. WR Nathan Ellison is the top performer back at the skill slots after earning second team all 3-4A honors. LB/DE Tatum Cartrite and LB Dillon Johnson anchor the defense which only has 4 starters back.
AMARILLO CAPROCK LONGHORNS
2006 Record: 0-10
Outlook:Despite being on the upper tier of Class 4A enrollment numbers, Caprock has low numbers and HC Seth Parr's challenge is to get interest in football back at CHS. Caprock has long been a doormat for Amarillo football as they only have 2 playoff appearances in school history and its been over 30 years since their last playoff run all the way back in 1975. QB Wade Malone is the top player for the ‘Horns, Coach Parr comes over from Palo Duro High were he was the Offensive Coordinator under his father HC Steve Parr.
FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Cedric Johnson, WR, Sr. Amarillo Palo Duro
Jordy Collier, LB Sr. Hereford
Blake Bonner, RB Sr. Canyon Randall
Shavious Kelly, WR/DB, Sr. Pampa
O'Quinn Young, DB, Sr. Amarillo Palo Duro