TXHSFB 303: The most improved Texas high school football offenses

Taking a deep dive into the hidden storylines of the 2016 Texas high school football season.
Photo by Kelly Guess

Photo by Kelly Guess

Over the course of January, TexasFootball.com presents The TXHSFB 303, a deep dive into the hidden storylines in the 2016 Texas high school football season. Have an idea for an angle? E-mail DCTF managing editor Greg Tepper.

Today: The most improved offenses in Texas high school football

In some respects, this is not a list you want to find yourself on.

When examining the most improved offenses in Texas high school football in 2016, it’s obviously meant to be a celebration of teams that made great strides this season. But in order to make a great stride, you have to come from a point of needing improvement — in other words, you had to struggle in 2015 to make the “most improved” list in 2016.

In any case, let’s take a look. The statistics here are pretty easy to understand — we compared the points per game average for 2016 to the points per game average for 2015, and saw who made the biggest leap. That is, who scored the most points in 2016 as compared to their 2015 squad?

Here’s the top 20 overall most improved offenses in Texas high school football in 2016.

Team 2016 Class 2016 PPG 2015 Class 2015 PPG PPG Improvement
Freer (7-4) 2A DI 50.8 3A DII 23.7 +27.1
Fort Worth Richland (10-2) 5A 47.1 6A 20.1 +27.0
Beeville Jones (9-3) 4A DI 48.8 4A DI 22.5 +26.4
Gilmer Harmony (9-3) 3A DII 50.4 3A DI 24.2 +26.3
New Diana (3-7) 3A DII 32.7 3A DII 6.7 +26.0
Dallas Samuell (9-3) 5A 44.8 5A 20.1 +24.7
Hull-Daisetta (7-4) 2A DII 35.5 2A DI 11.6 +23.9
Justin Northwest (10-2) 5A 41.8 6A 18.6 +23.2
Little Elm (6-5) 5A 31.5 5A 8.7 +22.8
Bogata Rivercrest (10-1) 2A DI 40.9 2A DI 18.2 +22.7
Robinson (9-3) 4A DII 49.2 4A DI 27.0 +22.2
Lexington (11-3) 3A DII 51.5 3A DII 29.4 +22.1
Midland (9-3) 6A 43.1 6A 21.0 +22.1
Frisco Independence (9-3) 5A 42.9 5A 22.1 +20.8
Fort Bend Marshall (11-3) 5A 37.7 5A 17.2 +20.5
Fort Worth Haltom (4-6) 6A 29.9 6A 9.5 +20.4
Corpus Christi Ray (7-3) 5A 35.4 6A 15.2 +20.2
Reagan County (9-2) 3A DII 38.1 3A DII 18.5 +19.5
Jefferson (9-3) 3A DI 35.3 3A DI 15.8 +19.5
Grapevine (10-2) 5A 48.6 5A 29.5 +19.1

One thing you will notice from the jump: realignment had a huge impact on this list, as one would expect. Of the top 20 most improved offenses, seven of them are playing in a smaller classification than they did in 2015. That includes the top two squads on this list.

Freer benefitted from a number a second season under coach Rhett Bomar, the emergence of quarterback Librado Carrillo and a drop from 3A to 2A to improve by a staggering 27.1 points per game. Richland pretty clearly enjoyed their move down from 6A to 5A as well — not to mention a breakout season from QB Trae Self — to see massive offensive improvement as well.

Overall, 17 teams across the state improved their offensive output by 20 or more points as compared to their 2015 selves. And it had a direct impact on the win column — those 17 teams won an average of 8.2 games in 2016, an increase from 2.7 wins in 2015.

Here are the top five improved offenses by each classification.

Class 6A

Team 2016 Class 2016 PPG 2015 Class 2015 PPG Improvement
Midland (9-3) 6A 43.1 6A 21.0 +22.1
Fort Worth Haltom (4-6) 6A 29.9 6A 9.5 +20.4
La Porte (9-3) 6A 43.7 6A 25.9 +17.8
The Woodlands (15-1) 6A 43.6 6A 26.9 +16.7
DeSoto (16-0) 6A 47.5 6A 32.2 +15.3

Class 5A

Team 2016 Class 2016 PPG 2015 Class 2015 PPG Improvement
Fort Worth Richland (10-2) 5A 47.1 6A 20.1 +27.0
Dallas Samuell (9-3) 5A 44.8 5A 20.1 +24.7
Justin Northwest (10-2) 5A 41.8 6A 18.6 +23.2
Little Elm (6-5) 5A 31.5 5A 8.7 +22.8
Frisco Independence (9-3) 5A 42.9 5A 22.1 +20.8

Class 4A DI

Team 2016 Class 2016 PPG 2015 Class 2015 PPG Improvement
Beeville Jones (9-3) 4A DI 48.8 4A DI 22.5 +26.4
Levelland (10-4) 4A DI 52.9 4A DI 34.7 +18.2
Lubbock Estacado (8-4) 4A DI 30.9 4A DI 13.9 +17.0
Gainesville (1-9) 4A DI 25.7 4A DI 9.4 +16.3
Fischer Canyon Lake (7-4) 4A DI 38.0 4A DI 22.5 +15.5

Class 4A DII

Team 2016 Class 2016 PPG 2015 Class 2015 PPG Improvement
Robinson (9-3) 4A DII 49.2 4A DI 27.0 +22.2
Godley (8-3) 4A DII 39.2 4A DII 20.5 +18.6
Melissa (8-4) 4A DII 34.3 4A DII 16.8 +17.5
Midland Greenwood (7-3) 4A DII 46.7 4A DII 29.5 +17.2
Cuero (13-1) 4A DII 44.4 4A DII 29.1 +15.3

Class 3A DI

Team 2016 Class 2016 PPG 2015 Class 2015 PPG Improvement
Jefferson (9-3) 3A DI 35.3 3A DI 15.8 +19.5
Friona (4-6) 3A DI 26.8 3A DI 9.5 +17.3
San Angelo Grape Creek (6-4) 3A DI 43.3 3A DII 26.9 +16.4
Kemp (7-4) 3A DI 39.7 3A DI 24.0 +15.7
Mount Vernon (5-5) 3A DI 25.4 3A DI 10.1 +15.3

Class 3A DII

Team 2016 Class 2016 PPG 2015 Class 2015 PPG Improvement
Gilmer Harmony (9-3) 3A DII 50.4 3A DI 24.2 +26.3
New Diana (3-7) 3A DII 32.7 3A DII 6.7 +26.0
Lexington (11-3) 3A DII 51.5 3A DII 29.4 +22.1
Reagan County (9-2) 3A DII 38.1 3A DII 18.5 +19.5
Nocona (7-4) 3A DII 33.4 3A DII 16.0 +17.4

Class 2A DI

Team 2016 Class 2016 PPG 2015 Class 2015 PPG Improvement
Freer (7-4) 2A DI 50.8 3A DII 23.7 +27.1
Bogata Rivercrest (10-1) 2A DI 40.9 2A DI 18.2 +22.7
Gladewater Union Grove (8-3) 2A DI 34.7 2A DI 15.9 +18.8
Collinsville (9-3) 2A DI 39.1 2A DII 21.7 +17.4
Groveton (9-2) 2A DI 52.0 2A DI 34.7 +17.3

Class 2A DII

Team 2016 Class 2016 PPG 2015 Class 2015 PPG Improvement
Hull-Daisetta (7-4) 2A DII 35.5 2A DI 11.6 +23.9
Burton (13-2) 2A DII 45.3 2A DII 27.2 +18.1
Tenaha (13-1) 2A DII 48.9 2A DII 31.1 +17.8
Rocksprings (7-4) 2A DII 31.0 2A DII 13.5 +17.5
Cumby (9-3) 2A DII 35.8 2A DII 19.0 +16.8

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