Five 5A realignment football storylines to keep an eye on: is relief for Dallas ISD schools on the way?
Much of the suspense has been taken out of the UIL's upcoming realignment announcement Feb. 3. The UIL has already released the classification cutoff numbers and the list of schools that will be in each classification.
All that is left is to divulge what the district alignments will look like. As one coach said recently when asked for his prediction, "it is all just a guessing game."
Because all classifications except 6A are split into Division I and Division II for football only based on enrollment before the season starts, many of the 5A districts that will be announced for football on Feb. 3 will look different for other sports. Here are the top 5A storylines for football ahead of realignment.
The Jasper Lady Bulldogs are peaking at just the right time with playoff competition only a fortnight away. Ranked fourteenth in the latest 4A Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, Brandon Shumake's crew has delivered wide ranging wins since November.
With wins over multiple 5A schools already this season, this senior laden squad is poised to smash past last years area round loss to Midlothian Heritage. Lead by daughter Kinley Shumake the third year coach also relies on top scorer Asia Mitchell (17ppg), Heaven Scott, and Amiah Mcqueen to fortify the teams winning personality.
San Antonio Brandeis (22-2, 10-1) has been one of the state's top teams throughout the 2019-2020 high school boys basketball season, but it almost took a step back on Friday. That's because the Broncos trailed for the majority of the first three quarters. It ultimately rode a late 24-7 run to a 66-61 victory against UIL 28-6A district rival San Antonio Brennan (16-9, 7-4) at Northside Sports Gym.
VYPE Player of the Game Kyle Schaefer heated up in the fourth quarter, with his four three-pointers wrapping up his co-team high 18-point performance.
"My teammates just kept telling me, 'keep shooting, keep shooting'," said Schaefer. "I missed a few early, but they kept encouraging me and they finally started falling. Hit some and they started getting contagious. Everyone started scoring and we were able to come out with the win."
San Antonio Brennan led by four points in the first quarter, six points in the second and five points in the third, so San Antonio Brandeis definitely needed other big individual outings from Andrew Lazinbat (18 points), Tanner Brown (10 points) and Ty Fontenot (10 points). They came in handy when they battled Norman Beckford (14 of his 28 points in the final period) and Joey Guerrero (11 points).
With seven games to go in district play, San Antonio Brandeis and San Antonio Warren (20-4, 10-1) remain as the co-leaders of the UIL 28-6A pack. The outright title is still up for grabs, but the Broncos' thrilling victory against a playoff contender on Friday puts them one step closer. Now, they turn their attention to games against third-place Helotes O'Connor (17-7, 9-2) on January 28th and the Warriors on February 4th.
"Just keep it up," Lazinbat said. "Keep the momentum going and keep winning."
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