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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The real season began for a lot of teams across the Metroplex while others were playing in possibly their second or third district game.
And as a reminder, these opinions are meant to be held within this singular moment in time and not carry over each week.
It was a tough break for Rockwall against Longview on Friday night. First play of the game: Jaxon Smith-Njigba gets hobbled a bit. A couple drives later: He's rocked, fumbled and out for the rest of the game. After that, Rockwall was a shell of its former self. It didn't crack 200 yards, only scored three times and Braedyn Locke looked like a sophomore in his first year of varsity football.
All Is Right With Dunne
I was buying a lot of stock in Fort Worth All Saints after last week's win over Parish Episcopal. Just a week later, the offense was held off the board and only got a safety. The hottest team in TAPPS was held well in check by Bishop Dunne, which entered into the game on a 2-game losing streak, so all seems right with the Falcons.
Frisco is For Real
Frisco Reedy was a the gem of 5A last year. A year later, that title belongs to Frisco, which edged past Reedy Friday night to remain undefeated. The talk across the Metroplex is that "Frisco is back." To steal a stat, Frisco has been over .500 in seven of the last eight years, so they've been here for a while, but they seem to be more legit than ever.
That Shhh Quay
If you haven't seen it. Look below.
. @TexasFootball commit @TheQuayDavis2 went full @obj for the TD! 👀
(Via @UncleFraz ) pic.twitter.com/Kwfyw7iP0X
— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) September 27, 2019
That would be Odell Beckham Jr. type hands right there. Take another look.
Shows you how strong @TheQuayDavis2 hands are. On about a 40 yard throw he caught this on the nose of the football . wow!! pic.twitter.com/FRiaPp6uWF
— Danny (@coachdwes) September 28, 2019
After getting 20 picks right last week, this week was another decrease in predictions, checking in at 16-8 this week. Overall, I'm 82-34 for a 70.7 percent clip.