Monahans went to the semifinals in 2011 and they are favored to win District 4-3A. Wylie is 2nd and the Snyder Tigers are picked to claim the final playoff berth.
The Tigers have a new head coach, but the same expectations heading into the new season. Aubrey Sims replaces Chad Rogers as head coach. Sims was very successful in Grandview, and he hopes that continues in Snyder. 1st order of business is to replace all-star quarterback Keenon Ward, who has moved on to Texas Tech. The new quarterback will be leading a new attack as the Tigers switch to the Spread offense from the Wishbone.
Midland Greenwood starts the list of teams on the outside looking in the district. The rebuilding in Sweetwater begins with the Mustangs on the outside looking in at the playoffs.
Shane Mobley takes over as head coach in Sweetwater. Texas Football says his 1st season will end with the Mustangs in 5th place. Mobley returns to the Mustang Bowl where he helped lead Sweetwater the state semifinals in 2005 as the defensive coordinator. He has 9 starters back on that side of the ball, but only 4 coming back on offense.
Big Spring is picked to finish the year in 6th in District 4-3A.
Brownwood joins District 8-3A down in the Hill Country for the next 2 seasons. The Lions start the year with just 5 starters on offense and 4 starters on defense back from last year's regional semi-finalists. The offense is anchored by move-in offensive lineman Cody Skain. The defense is led by linebacker Mack Monson, who had 115 tackles last year. Head coach Bog Shipley expects Clint Taylor to take over at quarterback for the Lions.
20th ranked Liberty Hill is picked to win the district. Lampasas is the other playoff team from District 8-3A. Gatesville, Burnet, and Llano are picked 4th, 5th, and 6th.