1. Iraan (15-1)
For the second straight season, the Braves will be the team to beat in 2017, with four starters returning on offense and defense. RB/DB Kyle O’Bannon, who recorded 1,100+ yards and recording 28 total TDs, will be the spark for another deep run.
2. Kermit (4-7)
Don’t let their 2016 record fool you. Returning eight starters on both sides of the ball, the Yellow Jackets are poised to make noise in 2-3AD2 with their speed. Under the leadership of Jacob Bible, returning newcomer of the year in district Brady Johnson, who recorded 32 tackles on the defensive side as a linebacker, will be the playmaker to go to on defense. The trio of QB Jerek Garcis, RB Charles Stallings and WR Alexis Rios recorded a combined 36 TDs in a runner-up position in district last season.
3. Ozona (6-4)
RB Kobe Rodriquez returns after a 22 TD season and leading the Lions to a district title. He will need to be just as productive for the same fate in 2017.
4. Crane (3-8)
It was a season to forget for the Cranes, going 3-8 despite a playoff appearance. The program will take new direction under Stephen Rodman, who will work with six offensive and five defensive starters returning.
5. Wink (6-5)
As one of the sleeper teams in the Basin, the Wildcats bring back plenty of experience with nine starters offensively and 10 (!) starters on the defensive side of the ball. RB C.J. Mercier and WR/LB Derek Fostel will be pivotal for the Wildcats once again, tallying 19 TDs total in 2016. The more interesting point is the new leadership in Brian Gibson.
Other teams: Forsan, Van Horn, Alpine, McCamey
Left out: Coahoma, Stanton