District 1-4AD2 has added two new schools from the South Plains area and could be the the toughest district in Class 4A out of the West Texas region. Perryton, Bushland and Dalhart made playoff appearances last season. The South Plains teams of Denver City and Brownfield also made the playoffs and should make an entertaining district race in 2016.
The main title contenders appear to be Perryton, Brownfield & Bushland.
Perryton was the last team standing in the playoffs from the district, advancing to the regional semifinals. The Rangers bring back nine starters on offense and eight starters on defense in 2016. Quarterback Hadley Allred will lead the Perryton offense as he passed for 2,940 yards and had 30 TDs in 2015. Dalton Rigdon will be out wide, looking to be Allred’s main target to go to.
Brownfield brings back 13 total starters and look to challenge Perryton for the district crown. Jaelyn Nolan returns behind center after a bi-district playoff appearance. Nolan’s favorite targets will be Jezreel Griffin and Isaiah Hood out wide. The Cubs will be one of the most experienced teams in 2016, and that could lead to a potential district title.
Bushland brings back a total of eight starters in 2016. The defense was good but hurt by graduation and have some holes to fill. Running back Bostyn Andrews will lead the Falcon offense after a 1,149 rushing yard season performance in 2015.
Dalhart will be an interesting team to watch with only one returning starter on offense and seven returning on defense. However, the Golden Wolves will be hungry for a playoff spot after missing out in 2015. The defense will help guide the Wolves to a playoff spot with all-district returnees, outside linebacker Kodiak Martinez and defensive lineman Jaiden Puga.
District 1-4AD2 will be a tough district in the Panhandle and could be an exciting one with five teams competing for four playoff spots. Could Perryton take the crown? Will the experience of Brownfield help them to the title or will a surprise team stun the field and take the district?