The dust has settled from the biannual realignment of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and now comes the waiting game for the districts to be announced so teams can cement their schedules.
Locally, the Sealy Tigers turned in an enrollment of 806 and will drop down from Division I in Class 4A to Division II where the Bellville Brahmas (700) remain. Despite the schools’ proximity to each other, it’s not a certainty they will compete in the same district next year.
“For us and Bellville being 10 miles away, there's a 90% chance we would be in the same district,” said Sealy’s head football coach and athletic director Shane Mobley. “So you just kind of play it out say OK look we're in a five-team district, let's save a week is what we kind of talked about. But it won’t be a week four, week three, or even week two, those games are going to be filled because everybody's gonna start lining up with everybody and playing.”
In Bellville, head football coach and athletic director Grady Rowe added the Brahmas could end up going a few different directions after Caldwell fell to Class 3A.
“I was surprised at the numbers but the scramble has started, everyone’s trying to figure out schedules,” he said. “There’s no telling what’ll happen, as much as we can plan and think this is going to happen, we won’t know anything until realignment day.”
That day was described as being akin to a Black Friday where “coaches rip open the envelope and some are happy and some are mad,” by Brazos’ head football coach and athletic director Ryan Roecker.
He’ll be entering his second year at the helm in Wallis and will make the move up from Class 2A-DI to 3A-DII with an enrollment of 259 but he, too, isn’t putting his eggs all in one basket when it comes to scheduling games in these early stages.
One district he mentioned being a possibility is last year’s District 14-3A-II that retains the Danbury Panthers (whom the Cougars beat, 28-8, in week three), East Bernard Brahmas, Tidehaven Tigers and Van Vleck Leopards, although nothing is set in stone until that Black Friday.
Fulshear: 1,428 moves up
El Campo: 1,154
Bay City: 983
West Columbia: 903
Sealy: 806 (moves down)
Current District 12-4A-II
La Grange: 611
Caldwell: 512.5 (moves down)
Current District 15-2A-I
Brazos: 259 (moves up)