TPI: Greater Houston's Toughest Districts

After a few weeks of Texas high school gridiron action, Texas Prep Insider went out on a limb. While there are always going to be tough teams out there, we wanted to get a closer look at where the toughest ball is played from a district standpoint. Check it out and be sure to make it out to games in these select districts.

Greater Houston's toughest districts 
1. 13-5A
There is no doubt about this choice to be the roughest and toughest in Greater Houston area. Of the eight teams, six could easily be ranked in the Top 4 of the district to represent in the postseason. 

For the moment, Klein Forest and Spring Westfield have been put up big numbers in the points category, while Klein and Klein Collins are both still undefeated along with the first two mentioned. Though Klein Oak has dropped a few games early and one would have never thought of an 0-3 start for Oak. But you still can't count the Panthers out. With new team Spring DeKaney playing pretty good, along with Spring and Tomball, there is no telling what will happen in 2009 in these match ups. 

I'll go out on a limb here and say that Forest will take the crown, with Westfield as the runner up. It will take quite a bit of time before the district really begins to take shape. Then to, it could still go left as bottom-half teams play the spoiler role and throw a wrench in the game. One fan referred to this district as the SEC on high school football in Houston. 

I must say I agree.

Hot players in district
DB Damian Payne, Forest
QB Jacoby Walker, Westfield
RB JaMichael Rozier, Collins
RB Dekota Barnes, Klein
PJ Kopesky, Spring

2. 24-4A
This could have easily taken the No. 1 spot and fans from these schools will likely let me know that. Talk about stacked. There will be a playoff ready team that will play only 10 games and will miss the postseason due to the strength in this district.

Starting with one of the hottest in 4A ball right now with Angleton, a team that is the likely district winner. And though the ‘Cats are a tough squad, there are no cakewalks in the scheduling. 

Friendswood, Pearland Dawson, Alvin Manvel, LaMarque, and many would even toss in Brazosport and Santa Fe, as teams qualified to get a postseason berth. And though many believed that there have been a few struggles or even rebuilding, but don't completely write off Texas City so soon. There is still plenty of time of time to make noise, even if it means playing the spoiler role. 

Hot players in district
ATH Quadre Diggs, Angleton
WR Saqwan Edwards, Manvel
RB Gary Bivens, Brazosport
QB Darian Lazard, Dawson
ATH Andrew Cole, Friendswood

3. District 24-5A
No undefeated teams in this district, which is all good as these teams usually have beat each other to a pulp by Week 10. Dickinson, Clear Springs and Brazoswood lead the pack right now with 2-1 records, but it's not a clear picture to even name a favorite in this one. Teams like Clear Lake, Clear Brook and Clear Creek have a solo win for the year and traditionally these teams do well, and still have the time to do so.

Now games are starting to count and it's time to turn up the heat a little. If I had to take a bold stand on the predicted finish at this point, I would lean towards Brazoswood or Springs to finish on top, closely followed Brook. Too early to tell. We'll revisit this when the time comes.

Hot players in the district
FB Brandon Ellison, Brook
QB Steven Hanley, Lake
WR James Cunningham, Springs
RB Marquelle Davis, Brazoswood
RB Randall Holliman, Lake

4. District 15-5A
Comprised of the Cy Fair ISD schools, the powerhouse teams can be somewhat interchangeable year in and year out. But one thing is for certain, the weeks of district can be brutal. As of late, Cy Creek and Cy Woods have been the teams to beat, with Langham Creek, Cy Ridge and Cy Springs right there was well. 

As district play gets cranked up here soon, it will be interesting to see what Cy Falls and Jersey Village will do as well. Cy Fair has not earned a win yet this season, but don't throw in the towel on the Bobcats just yet. Like last year, I see Cy Creek taking the crown.

Hot players in the district
DB Bryce Callahan, Woods
QB Chuck Keeton, Cy Creek
QB Jacob Poole, Cy Falls
QB Colton Huntsman, Woods
RB Jermichael Selders, Cy Creek

Other Hardcore districts
23-4A: OK, so this is a 5-team district meaning that a team does not have to do much to get into the playoffs. But this district had to be included because of the extreme competitive nature each of these teams have when lining up to battle. Whether it's Terry, El Campo or Lamar Consolidated, Foster or Bay City, there's not looking past anybody

18-5A: With the size and speed at the Alief schools, mixed with Spring Branch Memorial and Stratford, when that clashed with the likes of Strake Jesuit, there are no off weeks here.

20-5A: Sure the same four Houston ISD 5A teams make the playoffs year in and year out, and though 2009 seems to be favoring the same trend, these guys get after it with either Lamar, Madison or Chavez up next to take the district crown.

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