When Midlothian announced a 2000+ enrollment, many thought that they were a lock for 5A. As the numbers trickled in, Midlothian stays one of the larger 4A schools for two more years, but coach Robby Clark's reward is potentially a tougher 4A district than the 5A district they would have likely been in. Midlothian returns 10 starters including University of Tennessee commit Bryce Petty to the team. Their spread formation, though, at times can be hard to watch. Midlothian has consistently been a good team on paper - this season they are going to need to produce some results.
As mentioned earlier, Bryce Petty will lead the offense. Losing Caleb McEachern will be tough, but Rob Gray, a two way player may be one of the next big stars at running back. Although he doesn't have college size/speed - he could be a great highs chool player. Petty will have a couple good running backs in Eddie Johnson and Dylan Fowler to throw to this season. The offensive line may be a little down - and in a very speedy district like Midlothian is in - that could be big trouble for the skill players of Midlothian.
The defense was a weak spot last year for Midlothian at times - but they do have several moveins in Alonzo newton and Marcus Simmons which could make immediate impacts for the team. Landon Freeman, a returning linebacker, gives Midlothian possibly the best linebacking corps in the district. The kicking game will be in good hands with first team kicker Vince Brawley - a kicker that is getting rare D1 attention in the metroplex. The secondary will be led by Blake Chandler and Eric Frawley. The secondary could be a little undersized as well against physical receiving teams like Waco and Waxahachie.
Overall, Midlothian is in a very tough district. With half the teams making it - the fourth spot will be competitive if one considers Waxahachie, Ennis and Waco as penciled in the playoff picture. Games against Waco Midway and Cleburne could determine the last spot. I do think that Midlothian will be on the outside looking in again this year - waco Midway has a lot of talent and they are used to the tough districts. Midlothian hasn't had the consistency quite yet to have the confidence to sneak in the playoffs. This could be the year it changes with the talent they have.