EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - There was a lot of commotion during UIL realignment announcements, and since the districts have been finalized, several schools in our area are in districts that the Dave Campbell Texas Football Magazine has named the toughest in the entire state of Texas.
For Class 5A, the magazine has named District 16 the toughest in the state.
We have recognized this district as one of the most exciting movements for the 2014 football season, as the Lufkin and Nacogdoches rivalry has now been reunited in district play for the first time in 10 years.
One of the toughest factors of the district is the traveling concerns with playing Ennis and Corsicana.
Then when you add the histories of all the programs in the district, they combine for 15 all-time state title game appearances. East Texas coaches are not taking likely entering the district.
"In East Texas you have to show up to play every week. It doesn't make any difference whether it's your first game or your last game," said Bobby Reyes, Nacogdoches head football coach. "It is what it is. You deal with it, and you move on."
"These other teams are going to battle with you," said Adam Cook, Whitehouse head football coach. "You got Nacogdoches that's bouncing up and beat Lufkin last year. Then Lufkin beat John Tyler. That's how this district could wind up, with a lot of teams beating each other. If you make it out of here into the playoffs, then you're a pretty good team."
For Class 4A the magazine claims the toughest district in the state includes the reigning 3A State Champions Carthage with runner up Kilgore.
It will be another bulldog battle in district, while Brownsboro, Henderson, Palestine, and Chapel Hill join the district.
These districts will be in effect starting this coming up football season.