Central Texas District Analysis: 17-4A

The Austin area 4A district begins district play tonight and Jeff Howe takes a closer look at the league.

The lone nine-team district in Central Texas kicks off district play tonight with Johnston looking to snap their 33 game losing streak against Reagan. It is tough to get a grip on how this district will play out, especially only two weeks into the season, but here is a look at what has happened in District 17-4A and what the rest of the season potentially holds.

BIGGEST SURPRISE: Travis
The Rebels are 2-0 and have been impressive in those victories over Akins and Lehman outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 72-19. Entering the season with a legit shot at one of the three playoff spots, the Rebels look like a playoff contender.

BIGGEST DISSAPOINTMENT: McCallum
The Knights have played a tough schedule, but it is the way they have looked in those two games losing 44-20 to rival Anderson in the Taco Shack Bowl and last week's 55-14 drubbing at the hands of Austin High.

BIGGEST UNKNOWN: Elgin
Last season the Wildcats were one of Central Texas' biggest surprises and not much has been seen from them this season. New head coach Danny Lauve will take his team into district play with only one game under their belts, a 23-12 loss to Hutto last week. PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS: LBJ, McCallum, Travis
LBJ and McCallum figured to be in the mix when the season started, but Travis is looking very good at 2-0 right now.

BEST TEAM TO MISS THE POSTSEASON: Elgin
The Wildcats have only had one game to get ready for the league schedule.

DISTRICT MVP: Larry Johnson, RB, Travis
He has been a big reason why the Travis offense has been so explosive.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Drew Sanders, Travis
As has been mentioned time and again, the Rebels have been the most impressive looking team in the district.

GAME OF THE YEAR: Manor 15, Taylor 10 (Week 1)
There have not been a whole lot of close games during non-district play, but this one has been the best so far. The Mustangs, trailing 10-9 entering the fourth quarter, got a five-yard touchdown run from Lawrence Roberts during the period for the decisive score.

JEFF'S THOUGHTS:
It really is tough to judge so early in the season, but I have been very impressed with how Travis has played thus far. If the Rebels can get by Manor this week, then their game next week against Elgin could eventually decide the third and final playoff spot in the district.


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