Rankings by Roy Report South Plains & Roy Report Panhandle
- Happy (13-1)
Returning five starters on both sides of the ball after a state semifinal appearance, the Cowboys could be moving over the hump that is Borden County. TE/DL Miguel Mata and RB/CB Colton McCarley will be the key for both sides of the ball.
- Borden County (14-1)
The reigning state champions will be facing questions with three total starters back including coaches son, Trey Ritchey, who recorded 639 receiving yards while scoring 14 TDs offensively and tallying 180 tackles alongside with six interceptions.
- Turkey Valley (11-3)
A game away from state, the Patriots hope to get to Arlington with eight total starters back that bring speed and a strong senior core. WR/LB Jayton Smith will be one of many players to watch for a strong Patriot squad.
- Follett (10-3)
With 10 total starters back, the Panthers are primed for another deep run and are a state contender in Division II. RB Fabian Gordillo will be the main spark for the team.
- Amherst (11-1)
No doubt one of the best seasons in school history, the Bulldogs will be building off a solid 11-1 season. All-state honorees RB Ramon Cueva and LB James Langston return and will engineer their team to they hope a run to the title game.
- Lefors (9-2)
With three defensive starters back, DL Kody Hendrickson will be key for the Pirates to a potential deep run.
- Petersburg (9-3)
The Bufffaloes, who are one of the most experienced teams in the South Plains, return RB/CB Tristan Garza, who ran for 1,606 yards and tallying 40 TDs and QB/S Gabriel Hinojos. If the duo is at their potential every game, Petersburg will be running through opponents and marching their way to Arlington.
- Motley County (8-3)
With a young squad in 2016, the Matadors gain key experience in a playoff appearance and will look to challenge for a district title in 4-1AD2.
- Meadow (8-4)
Sporting one of the toughest schedules in the state, the Broncos will be under new leadership in Kade Kittley, who will be working with a 8-4 squad that returns eight total starters. RB Ruben Moya will be pivotal offensively with district honors last season.
- Ira (8-2)
With no returning starters, the JV squad will be getting varsity experience, where they went 9-0 last season.
Other teams: McLean, Nazareth, Whitharral, Silverton, New Home
Left out: White Deer, Southland, Anton, Ropes, Paducah