LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin will join six other Houston-area teams in the 2010-2011 school year as part of UIL's realignment.
The Panthers will be in District 14-5A, joining previous district mates Conroe, Oak Ridge, The Woodlands and College Park. New to Lufkin's district will be Humble ISD schools Atascocita and Kingwood.
Joining Nacogdoches in District 14-4A will be Hallsville, Jacksonville, Kilgore, Pine Tree, Marshall and Whitehouse.
Angelina County 3A teams Diboll, Huntington, Hudson and Central will remain in the same district again next year with a newcomer, Kirbyville. Center and Jasper will also remain in the district, with Crockett dropping to 2A.
The Bulldogs will be joined in 11-2A with Elkhart, Malakoff, Teague, Trinity and Troup.
Football powerhouse Newton will be in 10-2A, with Anahuac, Buna, Hardin, Kountze, Warren, East Chambers and Woodville.
Longtime 2A rivals Garrison and Timpson will facing off in 1A next year, in 10-A, joining Alto, Cushing, Grapeland and Shelbyville.
The age-old Battle of the Attoyac is about to get even more heated.
"Timpson and Garrison that's been a long-time deal," Garrison Athletic Director Craten Phillips said. "We're going to play that game whether we're in district or not. I think it's good that it counts."
The UIL realignment means Garrison is now 1A and 1A Timpson now has to face their biggest rival for a play-off spot.
"Yes, it will be the battle of the Attoyac, yes it will be for more than just for a win-loss, it will be for a district championship or even playoff spot," Timpson Athletic Director Kenny Washington said.
Although they were already 1A last year, Washington says knowing they have new tough teams to beat in their district will make his players more motivated when they hit the field.
"We ain't the same team as last year," Timpson football player LaDeraus Bryan said. "We're a lot better team, more focused, dedicated, committed, a lot better team."
"We have got to get right mentally before we can put it into physical motion out on the field, but I mean that's going to be a good motivator," Timpson football player John Shaw said.
For phillips, the move down to 1A isn't bad.
"Being on the big end of the numbers, sure that's great, versus what we've been one of the smallest in the state as far as 2A," Phillips said. "Now we'll be one of the biggest ones in the state in 1A."
These teams know there will be no room for error.
"We love the game, we love the sport, we'll play our hearts out," Shaw said.
"Every Friday night in Texas is Texas football and it doesn't matter if it's 1A, 2A, it's hard-nosed football and you've got to come out and be ready to go every Friday night," Washington said.
Both teams prepare for a 48-minute battle that now could help them win the war.
"If they're going to make the playoffs they're going to have to beat Garrison and if they're going to make the playoffs we're going to have to beat Timpson," Phillips said. "With only two teams going, you don't really have room for slip-up."
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