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By Nick Alvarado @
Class 2A is one of the most under-rated classifications in the State of Texas, as well as one of the toughest. With the 2016 season approaching around the corner, district play will be tough for some of the teams across West Texas.
District 2-2A Division I features power New Deal, a consistent team of Abernathy, playoff contenders Sundown and a Hale Center team that surprised everyone in appearing in the playoffs. Olton and Floydada cannot be left out is this tough district. New Deal and Abernathy will definitely be going toe-to-toe for the district championship. Hale Center can’t be left out though, they will be a team to watch as well!
District 2-2A Division II includes the regional finalist from last season, Memphis and other teams that could want a say in the title race. The state champions from 2013, Wellington, are in this district along with Crosbyton. The three playoff teams may have been mentioned but the toughest part of this district will be the four seed come playoff time. I think Clarendon and Lockney will be battling for that spot. Both teams played in a tight 18-15 victory for Lockney and this year should be another tight game.
Staying in Division II, District 4 will be tougher than what people may think it will be. Hamlin, Roscoe and Roby come from Region II to now, Region I. Seagraves, who has made back-to-back state semifinals appearances, lose their star running back, Cory Kyle, to graduation. Plains has found their third head coach in three seasons in Robert Hernandez. Hernandez comes from Stamford, where he was the defensive coordinator. Chad Terry was previously the head coach for the Cowboys and departed to take the same position at Shallowater. Roscoe is definitely an upcoming team to watch out for and with some firepower. Seagraves will be down from last season as graduation hit them hard. Hamlin and Roscoe should be the teams to duke it out for the title.
District 4-2A Division I features teams that made playoff appearances last season. The district field includes Anson, Forsan, Hawley, Post and Stamford. Post drops from 3A to 2A after their memorable run last season. From top to bottom, this district field will be hard to project. Every Friday night will have games that will garner numerous attention area wide. It should be an exciting year in this district but I think Post and Stamford should be the teams that will be the main contenders for the title.
With tough districts come tough games every Friday night. Teams will be making their statement early on to increase their playoff chances and to reach every team’s dream of going to Arlington!