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Thousands of Texas communities were affected by the 2020-2022 UIL Realignment, and Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex high schools were among them. Check out five things to know about Monday's football announcement.
No. 1 Out-of-Town Guests: San Angelo Central may not be on area teams' district schedules anymore, but that's not preventing other out-of-towners from matching up with local squads in late regular season games during the 2020 and 2021 football seasons. We start in 10-6A, with Tyler Lee charging from East Texas to play Dallas Skyline, Mesquite ISD (Mesquite, Mesquite Horn and North Mesquite) and Rockwall ISD (Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath). The neighboring 11-6A will feature Waco schools' (Waco and Waco Midway) trips to Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Lake Ridge, Mansfield and Waxahachie in league play. Other notable out-of-market opponents are Abilene Cooper in 3-5A Division I, John Tyler and Longview in 7-5A Division I and Waco University in 5-5A Division II.
No. 2 Allen & Plano Part Ways: Allen and Plano are separated by 7.2 miles, so it's not a surprise that their high schools were longtime competitors in the same UIL football district. But, that will change for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Allen will team up with Aubrey Braswell, Denton Guyer, Little Elm, McKinney, McKinney Boyd and Prosper in 5-6A, while Plano ISD schools (Plano, Plano East and Plano West) have planned battles with Coppell, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Flower Mound Marcus and Hebron in 6-6A action. If you're wondering about the future of the Allen/Plano East rivalry, it's expected to be played as the teams' season opener the next two years.
No. 3 Private Power Faces New Tests: Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas is one of the two UIL private school members and has found vast success in the league since it joined in the early 2000s. The Rangers are coming off an impressive 2019 playoff run to the UIL 6A Division II Region II Final, but have new challenges for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. As a member of 9-6A the last two years, they played Allen, McKinney, McKinney Boyd, Plano, Plano East, Plano West and Prosper. Now, they will make the move to 7-6A and battle Irving ISD (Irving, Irving MacArthur, Irving Nimitz) and Richardson ISD (Lake Highlands, Richardson, Richardson Berkner and Richardson Pearce).
No. 4 New Kid On The Block: Collin County has grown enough to give another one of its communities a high school. The Rock Hill Blue Hawks will kickoff their varsity sports district competition against fellow 7-5A Division II members Denison, Frisco, Frisco Lebanon Trail, Frisco Liberty, Frisco Memorial, Lake Dallas, Lucas Lovejoy and Princeton.
No. 5 Get Your Maps Ready: Denton and Denton Ryan will move from Region I to Region II in 5A Division I and Duncanville saw a similar transition from 6A Region I to 6A Region II, so they will have different playoff paths for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
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UIL football teams from the Metroplex produced deep playoff runs during the 2019 Texas high school football season. Check out the 2019 All-VYPE DFW Public School Football Team to see the athletes who shined individually.
First-Team All-VYPE DFW (UIL 5A-6A)
Quarterback Ja'Quinden Jackson (Duncanville)
Quarterback Eli Stowers (Denton Guyer)
Quarterback Dillon Markiewicz (McKinney North)
Running Back Kaedric Cobbs (Denton Guyer)
Running Back Emani Bailey (Denton Ryan)
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Wide Receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Rockwall)
Wide Receiver Marvin Mims (Frisco Lone Star)
Athlete Drew Sanders (Denton Ryan)
Offensive Lineman Hunter Smith (Rockwall-Heath)
Offensive Lineman Will Cabaniss (Garland Naaman Forest)
Offensive Lineman Nathan Deason (Frisco Lone Star)
Offensive Lineman Aidan Hayes (Aledo)
Offensive Lineman Gavin Byers (Colleyville Heritage)
Kicker Ethan Spearman (Rockwall)
Kicker Tyler Tipton (Little Elm)
Defensive Lineman Everett Preston (Crowley)
Defensive Lineman Klaus Schoenborn (Burleson)
Defensive Lineman Byron Murphy (DeSoto)
Defensive Lineman Devin Dawson (Frisco Lone Star)
Linebacker Miles Skinner (Keller Central)
Linebacker Javius Williams (Dallas Skyline)
Linebacker Ra'Kwuan Pinkston (South Oak Cliff)
Linebacker Ahmad Terry (Denton Ryan)
Defensive Back Bryson Bonds (Crowley)
Defensive Back Luke Mabe (Colleyville Heritage)
Defensive Back Christian Smith-Johnson (Richland)
Defensive Back Chris Thompson Jr. (Duncanville)
Punter Chase Allen (Colleyville Heritage)
Second-Team All-VYPE DFW (UIL 5A-6A)
Quarterback Quinn Ewers (Southlake Carroll)
Quarterback Jake Bishop (Aledo)
Quarterback Seth Henigan (Denton Ryan)
Quarterback Chandler Morris (Highland Park)
Running Back DeQuan Landon (Richardson Pearce)
Running Back Sabron Woods (North Garland)
Running Back Emanuel Fincher (McKinney North)
Running Back Dominique Johnson (Crowley)
Wide Receiver Jayden Jones (Rockwall-Heath)
Wide Receiver JoJo Earle (Aledo)
Wide Receiver Monterren Parks (Aledo)
Wide Receiver Da'Wain Lofton (Fort Worth North Side)
Offensive Lineman Vontrez Jackson (Crowley)
Offensive Lineman Courtland Ford (Cedar Hill)
Offensive Lineman Jake Majors (Prosper)
Offensive Lineman Matthew Parkison (Azle)
Offensive Lineman Gabe Blair (Denton Guyer)
Kicker Jose-Carlo Martinez (Fort Worth Timber Creek)
Kicker Joshua Click (Frisco Lone Star)
Defensive Lineman Jeremiah Abrego (Greenville)
Defensive Lineman Marcus Moore (The Colony)
Defensive Lineman Savion Byrd (Duncanville)
Defensive Lineman James Mitchell (Duncanville)
Linebacker Jaylan Ford (Frisco Lone Star)
Linebacker Jadarius Thursby (Duncanville)
Linebacker Alessio Russolillo (Frisco Lone Star)
Linebacker Matthew Powers (Colleyville Heritage)
Defensive Back Billy Bowman Jr. (Denton Ryan)
Defensive Back Tyrecus Davis (Greenville)
Defensive Back Courtline Flowers (South Oak Cliff)
Defensive Back Toren Pittman (Frisco Lone Star)
Defensive Back Ryan Watts (Little Elm)
Punter Connor Dailey (McKinney Boyd)
Punter Steven Fink (Mesquite Poteet)