I am gonna reply to initial post...whose tops. Well i may be only one who has watched all the front runners: mart, refugio, and mason. It was a 2017 bucket list. 3 completely different teams. Whose best...its a pick 'em!!! Mart- great speed, can score any second. Qb is impressive. Can run and throw. Very, very fast, offensively. Defensively, need some work. Yes, their defense is very good, compared to 2016 Refugio, not in the same class and it may hurt them down the road. Too many individual stops without group help. Their weak point, they dont have enough kids. Gonna get beat up. Mason/refugio speed and physicallity will limit them. At this level, its too hard to outscore a team like refugio/mason. All they gotta do is stop a couple of times. Very strong and fast but i bet they give up some big plays down the road.
Then mason /refugio-nobody wants to talk about it now but myself and 'blackshirt' i guess will. Blackshirt shirt speaks his mind reguardless, right or wrong. Gotta love it. Mason has a 'reckoning' on the horizon. This game WILL be played and should be game of the decade.
Can Refugio win? After being the best defense in decades, losing tons to graduation, there is really only one direction to go, down. They are not as good. But all you gotta do is look at their defensive front, brown / tagle plus..yes their strong. Yes upfront they are as good. Their offense rarely skips a beat. Huge line, huge backs, speed, experience, diverse, coaching... Not as good as last yr but who could be. They have man-handled mason the last two yrs, really 3 yrs but mason took advantage of a few mistakes in 14, shouldnt have won but did. So has refugio digressed enough to give mason a chance?
Mason-very much improved!! Sr dominated with some choice help from youth. Defensively, could be the best in state. VERY fast to the ball but some first level secondary issues. Tackle and aggression. Not big. Front seven, speed kills. They have bigger guys but going with faster guys, aggressive guys and deep. Many subs with no let down. Very aggressive!!! Offensively have improves all over. Smaller up front, not as experienced, weakest point. Lots of scrambling. Skilled positions are the most improved...backs(5 that can score anytime), qb just jr but second yr and growing, recievers that catch it!! One problem: backs dont block!! Ever!
All this said, Mart will make it to the final..easily. Shouldnt have any issues. Too fast. Secondly, refugio will play mason again for reg.final!! Who wins? The question you have to ask is this: has refugio digressed enough to give mason an opportunity or has mason improved enough to win against a DYNASTY TEAM? Like I said Mason does have a 'Reckoning' but dont think its enough. Today, i gotta take refugio!!
Final: refugio rolls by 7 over mason!! 24 over mart in final...imo