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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THURSDAY: El Paso Eastwood vs. Plano
This is a game that has been marred by a lot of controversy. As a nation, we've witnessed what happened in El Paso recently and from where the perpetrator hailed. Following that, Plano ISD made the unilateral decision to cancel the game on unfounded safety concerns - the game was originally scheduled to be played in Plano. After a bunch of backlash aimed at administrators, the game was reinstated and moved to the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.
Add to the fact that Eastwood lost a former player over the Labor Day weekend, so emotions are going to be high all around.
Because of that, plenty of eyes will be on this one - from broadcasts to publications.
In football terms, both teams enter the game 0-1. Eastwood was shutout against El Paso Americas, and Plano was doubled-up by Hebron. In a nutshell, not a lot of good things to say about each side of the ball for each team.
Previewing El Paso Eastwood
The Troopers lost 63-0 to El Paso Americas in a game that wasn't close in any respect. At halftime, it was 31-0 as Eastwood turned the ball over six times.
That's not a good start for a team that was looking to improve on its 7-4 record last year and possibly go deeper than just a first-round appearance.
Stats from the game are sparse, at best, from last week's Eastwood-Americas contest, and being that Dave Campbell's Texas Football has Eastwood as 10-point underdogs, signs are not looking bright.
Even scoring 14 fourth quarter points last week against Hebron only brought Plano to within 27. Garbage time certainly bolstered the box score for Plano as it got off to another 0-1 start to the season. On top of not being able to move the ball well last week, the Wildcats also gave the ball away twice, which were immediately returned for scores - take away those 15 points, give maybe six to Plano and the scores isn't so terrible at the end.
On the positive, Plano was 5-5 last year with one of those wins being a huge 72-48 win over Eastwood last year - a game played in Plano.
Previewing the Game
How do you predict a game where the teams gave up a combined 116 points and lost by an average of 40? It's tough, but we'll manage. I think Eastwood will be riding a very emotional high early on in this game with has transpired around the team. But that energy will probably fade toward the middle stages of the game and give Plano an opportunity to pull away.
Plus-10 seems like a reasonable margin for Plano in this one, considering last year's results and the final scores from last week. What we will find out for both team is if last week's struggles were signs of things to come or just better competition asserting its collective will.
Prediction: Plano 20, Eastwood 9
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Other notable Week 1 DFW #TXHSFB games
Hebron @ Arlington Martin
Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill @ Parish Episcopal
Argyle @ Waco La Vega
Burleson Centennial @ Denison
Denton Ryan @ Keller Fossil Ridge
DeSoto @ Jesuit
Dickinson @ Allen
Frisco Reedy @ The Colony
Richardson Pearce @ Frisco Wakeland
Southlake Carroll @ Colleyville Heritage
Bishop Dunne @ Dallas Skyline
Crandall @ Kaufman
Life Waxahachie @ Fort Worth Nolan
Mansfield Timberview @ Austin Lake Travis
Midlothian Heritage @ Kennedale
Mt. Vernon @ Farmersville
Prestonwood Christian @ Atlanta Christian (GA)
Dallas South Oak Cliff @ Duncanville
Cedar Hill vs. Denton Guyer
Arlington Bowie vs. Mansfield