TXHSFB 303: Texas high school football’s most improved offenses in 2017

TAKING A DEEP DIVE INTO THE HIDDEN STORYLINES OF THE 2017 TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON.

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Today: The most improved offenses in Texas high school football in 2017

Over the past decade-plus in Texas high school football, offense has been steadily on the rise. Though its importance is often overstated — the 11-man points-per-game average actually dropped about a quarter-point this season, from 27.2 in 2016 to 27 in 2017. But 27 points still represents four touchdowns per game — if you can’t score, you can’t win.

For teams that struggled offensively in 2016, the top priority was fixing their attack. Who did it best in 2017?

Let’s take a look at the most-improved offenses in Texas high school football during the 2017 season. The metrics here are pretty simple — we take the points-per-game average in 2017, subtract the points-per-game average in 2016, and ta da! We have the amount of improvement.

(I’ll separate 11-man and six-man for this exercise, because six-man’s 45-point mercy rule makes it a little more difficult to measure improvement.)

Here are the top 20 most-improved 11-man offenses in Texas high school football in 2017.

 

Team (2017 Record) Class 2017 PPG 2016 PPG Δ PPG
North Forney (10-3) 5A 52.62 24.10 28.52
Longview Spring Hill (5-5) 4A 47.50 20.60 26.90
McCamey (10-2) 2A 44.67 17.91 26.76
Diboll (6-4) 4A 41.10 17.64 23.46
Smithville (7-3) 4A 41.20 17.80 23.40
Shallowater (10-2) 3A 43.42 20.09 23.33
Palmer (5-5) 3A 27.30 6.80 20.50
Woodsboro (8-3) 2A 37.36 17.73 19.64
Redwater (5-6) 3A 36.91 17.36 19.55
Tuscola Jim Ned (9-3) 3A 37.08 17.60 19.48
Sweeny (8-4) 4A 41.67 22.25 19.42
Morton (3-6) 2A 25.22 6.10 19.12
CC Veterans Memorial (11-2) 5A 43.92 25.00 18.92
Crosby (9-2) 5A 53.00 34.17 18.83
Frisco Reedy (9-2) 5A 38.36 19.60 18.76
San Antonio Burbank (5-6) 5A 24.27 5.80 18.47
Texarkana Pleasant Grove (16-0) 4A 43.44 25.31 18.13
San Antonio John Jay (7-4) 6A 32.73 14.70 18.03
Freeport Brazosport (8-4) 4A 39.83 21.90 17.93
San Antonio Memorial (7-4) 5A 28.55 10.70 17.85

A pretty diverse list, with North Forney making the biggest strides. New coach Randy Jackson brought his high-powered attack to NF, and QB Colby Suits helped take the Falcons to new heights.

In total, seven different teams improved their offensive output by 20 points per game or more, an astonishing accomplishment. Longview Spring Hill rode a grinding running game with Zach Tulpa and Kiante Stoker to a big jump. First-year coach Fred Staugh turned around McCamey’s fortunes thanks in large to running back Gunner Adams. Diboll found a grove on the ground as well, as did Smithville, who turned around a winless season the year before. First-year coach Bryan Wood made big strides in Shallowater, and Palmer put a woeful 2016 season in the past, nearly quadrupling its scoring average.

And these teams’ offensive outputs paid big dividends in the win column — the teams that populate the 20 most improved offenses won an average of five more games than they did the year before.

Here are the top 10 most-improved six-man offenses in Texas high school football in 2017.

Team (2017 Record) 2017 PPG 2016 PPG Δ PPG
Medina (10-1) 61.36 30.27 31.09
Haskell Paint Creek (3-6) 32.44 7.30 25.14
Dell City (5-5) 33.00 9.00 24.00
Morgan (6-5) 40.45 17.22 23.23
Ropesville Ropes (9-3) 59.42 36.91 22.51
Rankin (8-4) 52.00 30.10 21.90
Cranfills Gap (4-6) 35.70 14.50 21.20
Rising Star (2-8) 27.80 6.70 21.10
Marfa (6-3) 45.33 24.25 21.08
Saint Jo (5-5) 47.70 26.70 21.00

Medina’s turnaround is pretty remarkable — from 5-6 in 2016 to 10-1 in 2017 — and it’s all because of the offensive leap the Bobcats made. Their defense actually got worse this season, but superstar Caleb McHaney guided the Medina offense (and the entire team) to new heights.

Here are the top five most improved offenses in each classification.

Class 6A

Team (2017 Record) 2017 PPG 2016 PPG Δ PPG
San Antonio John Jay (7-4) 32.73 14.70 18.03
El Paso Pebble Hills (8-3) 42.09 24.40 17.69
San Antonio Madison (4-7) 36.18 20.55 15.64
North Garland (3-7) 24.30 8.90 15.40
El Paso Montwood (10-2) 48.42 33.18 15.23

Class 5A

Team (2017 Record) 2017 PPG 2016 PPG Δ PPG
North Forney (10-3) 52.62 24.10 28.52
CC Veterans Memorial (11-2) 43.92 25.00 18.92
Crosby (9-2) 53.00 34.17 18.83
Frisco Reedy (9-2) 38.36 19.60 18.76
San Antonio Burbank (5-6) 24.27 5.80 18.47

Class 4A

Team (2017 Record) 2017 PPG 2016 PPG Δ PPG
Longview Spring Hill (5-5) 47.50 20.60 26.90
Diboll (6-4) 41.10 17.64 23.46
Smithville (7-3) 41.20 17.80 23.40
Sweeny (8-4) 41.67 22.25 19.42
Texarkana Pleasant Grove (16-0) 43.44 25.31 18.13

Class 3A

Team (2017 Record) 2017 PPG 2016 PPG Δ PPG
Shallowater (10-2) 43.42 20.09 23.33
Palmer (5-5) 27.30 6.80 20.50
Redwater (5-6) 36.91 17.36 19.55
Tuscola Jim Ned (9-3) 37.08 17.60 19.48
Tornillo (2-8) 19.50 2.80 16.70

Class 2A

Team (2017 Record) 2017 PPG 2016 PPG Δ PPG
McCamey (10-2) 44.67 17.91 26.76
Woodsboro (8-3) 37.36 17.73 19.64
Morton (3-6) 25.22 6.10 19.12
Milano (11-2) 38.31 20.92 17.39
Honey Grove (6-5) 24.73 7.60 17.13

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