Class 3A Amarillo-area district projections

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Canadian has made six straight trips to the state semifinals dating back to 2014. [John Moore/ Press Pass Sports]

Class 3A

Division I

District 2-3A

1. Bushland: Expect nothing to change with new head coach Josh Reynolds at the helm. The Falcons will be as high-flying as ever with new quarterback Coleman Junell running the offense.

2. Dalhart: The Golden Wolves are perfect fit in Class 3A Division I. They are extremely well coached, have the physicality, and have the skill to be a dangerous team during district play.

3. River Road: Wildcats captain and four-year starting quarterback Lance Welps along with 15 returners are primed for a playoff run.

4. Littlefield: As always the Wildcats will play hard-nose defense and ground it out offense to try and wear teams down by the fourth quarter.

5. Muleshoe: New head coach Jason Richardson hopes to revive a once great program that’s had struggles over the past two seasons.

Best game

Dalhart at Bushland, 7 p.m. Oct. 23

Despite Dalhart dropping down from Class 4A Division II, Bushland is the heavy district favorite. Dalhart will need to avoid letting the Falcons get off to a fast start, and play with some edge.

Division II

District 3-3A

1. Canadian: The small school blue blood has won 38 straight district games and six straight district championships dating back to 2013.

Will the win streak continue is the question.

2. Childress: Coach Jason Sims has brought a winning culture back to Childress. With a veteran team returning, expect the Bobcats to be in the district mix once again.

3. Spearman: The Lynx are loaded at the skill that includes Division I prospect Brenen Thompson. Matchups will be scary for any opponent they face.

4. Friona: The Chieftains were a surprise team in 2019 but with junior running back Jacob Bautista and a plethora of starters returning the target is a little bigger this season.

5. Tulia: Former Perryton coach Steven Coursey takes over the Hornets program ready to make his mark. Can he get Tulia to fight for a playoff spot in year one is the question.

6. Highland Park: It’s a tough jump for the Hornets, who come up from Class 2A Division I. Early season confidence can go a long way if Highland Park can nab a couple of early season W’s.

7. Dimmitt: Bobcats defensive coordinator Jason Burklow takes over as head coach hopes of turning around a program that struggled the past few seasons. 

Best game

Canadian at Childress, 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

The two rivals have had some classic battles over the past few years whether it’s for a district title or meeting deep in the postseason. Last year the Wildcats used a big second quarter to down the Bobcats 41-14.

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