Over the past several weeks, I've been putting together updates and summaries of the 4A and 5A UIL high school football playoffs. I've enjoyed writing these little posts and it's helped me keep up with the goings on around the state a little better as I transition between sports. I'm not entirely sure who else is reading them, but if there's anything you want me to research for next week or a game you plan on attending and want to give us a report on what you saw, please feel free to let me know in the comments section.
Now that that's said, here's a look at some BIG NEWS on the Texas high school football front - the new realignment system and the introduction of a 6A classification!
On Monday, the UIL released the enrollment numbers for their new classification system to take effect the fall of 2014. This move introduced a new 6A classification for the state's largest schools and made 6-man football reclassify to 1A. You can read the statement in all it's detailed glory here on the UIL website. Basically, what this change did was take the largest of our state's biggest schools and classify them all together as 6A schools. The rest of the state's schools were then divided up to create relatively even numbers of schools in the rest of the 5 conferences. 6A and 5A conferences will only consist of one division - everyone is going into one playoff bracket at the end of the season. The 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A (six-man football) will still be divided up into two conferences per division (two playoff brackets). The only sports affected by this new 6A conference are football, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, track and field and academic competitions. The other sports will still have five conferences except soccer and team tennis with three and swimming/diving and wrestling with two (I'm really not sure how all that works out just yet).
Here are the enrollment cut-off numbers as released by UIL Monday.
Here's the 2013 enrollment figures as compiled by The Old Coach.
What does this all mean? Well, the districts are all going to be shaken up. (We'll find more out about that February 3rd.) We will also see some larger currently-4A schools make a huge jump up to 6A. How these formerly big fish adjust to a much bigger pond will be interesting.
Now on to the playoffs! This past weekend featured some great match-ups between powerhouse 5A and 4A high schools including some Aggie recruits. I'll recap some of those games and try to provide information on the upcoming quarterfinal games taking place this weekend.
5A Division I (monster schools)
Arlington Martin and Aggie commit Myles Garrett (2014 DE) lost to Desoto 56-34 (boxscore). Desoto will move on to play Euless Trinity on 12/7 at 4:00 pm at Allen ISD Stadium.
Dallas Skyline and Aggie commit Cedric Collins (2014 CB) lost to Spring Westfield 55-48 (boxscore). Westfield moves on to play Allen and Aggie target Kyler Murray (2015 QB) who easily defeated THE Woodlands 56-21 (boxscore). Murray accounted for 335 yards and 5 TDs on 16/21 passing and went 4-44 with another TD rushing. The game between Allen and Westfield will be on 12/7 at 2:00 pm at the Reeves Complex in Round Rock.
The other two quarterfinal games feature Cy-Fair vs Pearland (12/7, 1:00 pm, Mercer Stadium in Sugarland) and Judson vs San Antonio Madison (12/6, 7:00 pm, Heroes Stadium, San Antonio).
5A Division II (smaller monster schools)
Lake Travis and Aggie commit Varshaun Nixon (2014 RB) defeated Dallas Jesuit 55-20 (boxscore). They'll play hometown A&M Consolidated on 12/7, 2:00 pm at Wildcat Stadium in Temple. Nixon went off for 334 yards on 26 attempts and 5 TDs. Consol defeated Longview 45-35 to move on to the quarterfinals.
Katy High and Aggie commit Rodney Anderson (2014 RB) defeated Fort Bend Elkins 56-26 (boxscore). Anderson scored 5 TDs on 16-161 rushing and caught 2 passes for 18 yards in the win. Katy will face Manvel and Aggie commit Koda Martin (2014 OT) who defeated Houston Memorial 49-21 (boxscore). The Manvel - Katy game is scheduled for 12/6 at 7:30 pm at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
The other two quarterfinal match-ups are Cedar Hill vs Denton Ryan (12/7, 2:00 pm, Apogee Stadium in Denton) and San Antonio Johnson vs Cibolo Steele (12/7, 7:00 pm, Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos).
4A Division I (big schools)
This bracket has no Aggie commits and no big Aggie targets that I'm aware of (I could be wrong though). There are still four good match-up this weekend though:
Denton Guyer vs Birdville - Guyer beat Amarillo 63-21 last weekend and Birdville won a close game against Frenship 26-22 to advance. They'll play 12/7, 2:00 pm at NW Stadium in Justin.
Wyllie defeated South Oak Cliff 64-46 in their third round game and Highland Park defeated Mansfield Legacy 48-0 (this brought HP's post-season scoring total to a gross - 144). They'll play 12/6, 7:30 pm at Southlake Carroll HS.
Dawson defeated Magnolia West 27-3 and Stratford beat Georgetown 7-3 to advance. They'll play 12/7, 2:00 pm at Abshier Stadium in Deer Park.
Rouse beat Harlandale 43-21 and Brennan blew-out Victoria West 60-7 to advance. They'll face each other on 12/6 at 7:30 pm at Comalander Stadium in San Antonio.
4A Division II (smaller big schools)
Aledo defeated Canyon 54-14 (bringing their postseason total to 205 points) and Wichitah Falls beat Canutillo 19-10. They'll play 12/5, 6:00 pm at NW Stadium in Justin.
Ennis advanced beating Frisco 46-25 and will face Mesquite Poteet who defeated Whitehouse and Aggie commit Justin Dunning (2015 S) in a shootout 65-60 (boxscore). These two will play 12/5, 6:00 pm at Kincaide Stadium in Dallas.
George Ranch defeated Elgin 37-28 and Brenham beat Texas City 37-34. They'll play 12/7 at 1:00 pm at Tully Stadium in Houston.
Calhoun defeated Cedar Park 28-27 and Alamo Heights beat Calallen 31-13. They'll play 12/7 at 1:00 pm at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos.