The high school football landscape in East Texas has changed following the UIL announcement of new districts alignments for 2018-2020.
Here are the football districts involving East Texas teams:
District 11-6A - Longview, Mesquite, Mesquite Horn, North Mesquite, Rockwall, Rockwall-Heath, Tyler Lee.
District 7-5A D1 - McKinney North, Mesquite Poteet, Sherman, Texarkana Texas, Tyler, West Mesquite, Wylie East.
District 8-5A D1 - College Station, Conroe Caney Creek, Lufkin, Magnolia, Magnolia West, Tomball, Waller, Willis.
District 9-5A D2 - Hallsville, Jacksonville, Lindale, Longview Pine Tree, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Nacogdoches, Whitehouse.
District 9-4A D1 - Athens, Crandall, Mabank, Midlothian Heritage, Quinlan Ford, Waxahachie Life
District 10-4A D1 - Carthage, Henderson, Kilgore, Palestine, Chapel Hill, Van.
District 11-4A D1 - Bridge City, Huffman Hargrave, Livingston, Lumberton, Orange Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Splendora.
District 7-4A D2 - Brownsboro, Bullard, Canton, Rusk, Wills Point.
District 9-4A D2 - Center, Cleveland Tarkington, Huntington, Jasper, Shepherd.
District 7-3A D1 - Atlanta, Hooks, Hughes Springs, Jefferson, Mount Vernon, New Boston, Redwater.
District 8-3A D1 - Gladewater, Gladewater Sabine, Mineola, New London West Rusk, Tatum, White Oak, Winnsboro.
District 11-3A D1 - Coldspring-Oakhurst, Crockett, Diboll, Elkhart, Franklin, Palestine Westwood, Trinity.
District 12-3A D1 - Anahuac, Buna, Hardin, Kirbyville, Orangefield, Warren, Winnie East Chambers, Woodville.
District 10-3A D2 - Alba-Golden, Arp, Big Sandy Harmony, Frankston, Grand Saline, Quitman, Troup, Winona.
District 12-3A D2- Anderson-Shiro, Corrigan-Camden, Hemphill, Kountze, New Waverly, Newton.
District 10-2A D1 - Alto, Big Sandy, Cushing, Union Grove, Hawkins, Price Carlisle
District 11-2A D1 - Beckville, Garrison, Harleton, Joaquin, Linden-Kildare, Tenaha, Timpson
District 12-2A D1 - Deweyville, Groveton, Hull-Daisetta, San Augustine, Shelbyville, West Sabine
District 12-2A D2 - Colmesneil, Evadale, Grapeland, Lovelady, Sabine Pass, West Hardin, Burkeville
District 12-1A D1 - Fruitvale, Union Hill, High Island, Leveretts Chapel
District 13-1A D2- Apple Springs, Chester, Oakwood, Trinidad
Several changes are coming to the set up of high school football districts that will impact teams across all the 11-man classifications. Last October, the UIL received snapshot numbers from all the schools. In December the UIL released how all the schools would be divided based on attendance figures turned in on Snapshot Day.
5A Division I 1840 – 2189 126 schools
5A Division II 1150 – 1839 127 schools
4A Division I 790 – 1149 93 schools
4A Division II 505 – 789 90 schools
3A Division I 335 – 504 106 schools
3A Division II 225 – 334 105 schools
2A Division I 161.5 – 224 94 schools
2A Division II 105 – 161.4 93 schools
1A Division I 55.5 – 104.9 73 schools
1A Division II 55 and below 69 schools
Starting at the highest level, Longview and Tyler Lee will stay in Class 6A. For the first time, Class 5A will be divided into two division just like 4A through 1A. The new divisions in 5A mean Lufkin, John Tyler and Texas High will be in 5A Division I.
East Texas teams moving to 5A Division II will be Whitehouse, Lindale, Jacksonville, Nacogdoches, Pine Tree, Marshall, Hallsville, Mt. Pleasant and Sulphur Springs.
There is not much movement up in the 4A classification. The movement that effects East Texas will be Bullard, Brownsboro, and Center dropping down to 4A Division II. 4A will be losing some East Texas teams. Diboll, Tatum, and Gladewater will move down to 3A Division I. West Rusk and Crockett will now be moving up to 3A Division I.
Rivals Tenaha and Timpson will move up from 2A Division II to 2A Division I.
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