2A/3A 2018 – Putt’s Look in the Rear-view Mirror


M and M were our 2A favorites from July through December.  But not ours alone.  Most Texas HS football pundits agreed that Mason and Mart were solid preseason favorites to win their divisions.  And they did....decisively.

New Deal was a surprise finalist in 2A1, as was Gruver in 2A2, a first title game for both.  Now, it looks like New Deal vs. Gruver and Mason vs. Mart would have been better balanced championships.  Perhaps some day, UIL will figure out a way to make the title games more competitive, whereby the  strongest competitive teams will survive to meet one another in the final games.

Also, despite a drop in enrollment, it was obvious that Mart was a stronger 2A team than most teams in both divisions, excepting possibly Mason.

I'd love to have seen Mason vs. Mart in AT&T 2018.

Our final 2A rankings.

Division 1:  1. Mason 2. Refugio 3. New Deal 4. Shiner 5. San Augustine 6. Panhandle 7. San Saba 8. Tenaha 9. De Leon 10. Centerville

Division 2:  1. Mart 2.Falls City 3. Gruver 4. Hamlin 5. Wellington 6. Muenster 7. Albany 8. Burton 9. Woodsboro 10. Grapeland


I was wrong.  I thought Canadian would end Newton's run.  But what a great game that was.  Two super-talented, superbly coached teams going against one another for the full 48 minutes.

Not often do two teams from the same district play for the title, but Malakoff clearly deserved its second shot at Grandview.  Another great final.

East Bernard played Newton almost as well as did Canadian.  Hats off to the Brahmas for a great season.

Our final 3A rankings:

Division 1:  1. Grandview 2. Malakoff 3. East Chambers 4. Brock 5. Shallowater 6. Yoakum 7. Franklin 8. Cameron Yoe 9. Edna 10. Goliad

Division 2:  1. Newton 2. Canadian 3. East Bernard 4. Abernathy 5. Gunter 6. Clifton 7. Holliday 8.  Lexington 9. Altair Rice 10. Buffalo


The 2018 State Champions 1A-6A

1A1  McLean (15-0)
1A2  Strawn (12-2)
2A1  Mason (15-0)
2A2  Mart (14-1)
3A1  Grandview (13-2)
3A2  Newton (14-0)
4A1  La Vega (13-2)
4A2  Cuero (14-1)
5A1  Dallas Highland Park (15-0)
5A2  Aledo (15-0)
6A1  North Shore (15-0)
6A2  Longview (15-0)