Football UIL Alignment
The unofficial numbers are out in relation to the upcoming University Interscholastic League district alignments for the 2018-19 Texas high school football season, according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
Oct. 27 is the day the UIL gathers up enrollment data to use in determining the upcoming re-alignment, but the official announcement won’t come until Feb. 2018.
Estimated cutoffs by DCTF’s Matt Stepp - in relation to Bi-Stone County teams - showed Class 4A DI from 785 to 1,159; DII from 485 to 784; Class 3A DI - 330 to 484; DII - 230 to 329; Class 2A DI - 165 to 229; DII - 104.5 to 164; Class 1A DI - 63 to 104.4; DII - 62 and below.
Currently, both Fairfield and Mexia are in the same district (9-4A DII) and that shouldn’t change in the upcoming re-alignment. Fairfield has the largest enrollment - according to the report - with 537. Mexia has 508.
Groesbeck and Teague compete in District 9-3A DI. Groesbeck is the larger of the two 3A schools with an estimated enrollment of 470, while Teague’s number is 428. However, there could be some changes in the district alignment come February.
The UIL hasn’t always used logistics in their realignments. Case in point would be Class 2A’s Wortham Bulldogs, who are currently playing in District 11-2A DII with their closest opponent (Grapeland Sandies) 67.5 miles away - according to Google Maps. The longest distance the Bulldogs have to travel is when they have an away game against Tenaha, located near the Louisiana border some 141 miles from Wortham. On the same route are opponents Timpson (132 miles) and Mount Enterprise (114 miles). Overton - another opponent in the district - is located between Tyler and Henderson and takes approximately two hours to travel for a ball game.
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