4A-II preview: Region 2 deep in quality teams


Overview: This region might be one of the most intriguing for area teams. There are quality teams in Frisco Centennial, Corsicana, Wylie East, Frisco and Lancaster in this region, but their ability to make a deep run into the playoffs is somewhat in question.

To their advantage, they won’t have to face the likes of Aledo or Stephenville until the state semifinals, but there a plenty of other roadblocks to overcome just to get that far.

Favorite: Frisco Centennial. The Titans (10-0) come into the playoffs highly touted as one of the top programs in the state this season. The atmosphere that surrounds local Frisco matchups gives Centennial an advantage in preparation for playoff football. Also, look out for Corsicana, which made it through one of the toughest districts in North Texas, District 15-4A, with just one loss. The Tigers could easily ride one of the area’s top running backs, Cameron Washington, deep into the playoffs.

Watch out for: Wylie East. The Raiders (8-2) came onto the scene as one of the biggest surprises of the season in their second year of varsity competition. East gave district champion and ESPN Dallas 4A No. 1 Highland Park a run for its money earlier on the year and has rolled on solid momentum throughout the season. It could take a few teams by surprise in the playoffs and make a historic run.

Can’t wait to see: Wylie East-Frisco (1 p.m. Saturday, Plano's Clark Stadium). Wylie East begins with a tough test against Frisco (8-2), which had resurgence the year. The winner of this matchup should have easy going through the next couple of rounds.

Hope to see: Frisco Centennial vs. Corsicana. This matchup of two very athletic teams wouldn’t happen until the third round, but both seem more than fit to make it that far. This game could easily be the “championship” of this region a round early.

Talent pool (FBS recruits): Sulpher Springs: RB Kendrick Daniels (Arkansas State); Kilgore: RB Ladarius Anthony (TCU); Hutto: QB Ryan Higgins (Louisiana Tech); Lancaster: CB La’Darius Newbold (Tech).