Mabank is a little bit of an enigma. They have had their best two seasons the last two seasons when dropping down to 3A, but they seemed to have a lot more talent on paper than they have on the field. Moving up to 4A, most everyone is picking them last in District 15-4A. They are returning 10 starters and 23 lettermen and a D1 QB from a team that did go 2 rounds deep last season - but will that success constitute to success in 4A?
The best player on the team and has been for the last three years is Kolton Browning. He has really matured and he would probably have more looks and offers if he transferred to a bigger school, but the kid is flat out good. He is fast, he passes the eyeball test and he makes good decisions. He just doesn't have the supporting cast. They will have to have a new running back this season in Trey Smith. The receiver corps is small and undersized with the exception of Corey Jenike - who hooked up with Browning a bit as a sophomore. The offensive line is below average in size led by David Cosper and Matt Holcomb.
The defense has a lot of returning starters on it but will have a hard time stopping good 4A defenses. The defensive line is probably the weakest part of the team - returning 3 new starters. The linebacking corps is probably the best part of the team returning 3 starters and a sophomore back-up - led by all-district returnee Colton Migura. The secondary is going to have a hard time competing against the physical offenses like West Mesquite - but Zach Chavez and Jacob Walker saw a lot of time last season and will be up for the challenge.
When looking at the district - it is hard to see the team that Mabank will beat. I think they have a good shot to beat Terrell, but outside of that - the district is not "great" - but it is solid with middle tier teams and Mabank has never done anything in 4A (or even in 3A) to really make one think that they are even a middle tier team. Losing their offensive coordinator to Garland will be a tough blow as well. I look for a tough season. An interesting fact about Mabank's schedule is that they are playing 6 3A teams in non-district and scrimmages. Not sure if that is a re-enactment of their old district or some sort of weird confidence boost attempt, but I disagree with that move.