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  1. Oooh look, the TMEA alignment for the next two years is out now: https://www.tmea.org/regions/alignment/ On first glance, not a whole lot of movement in terms of marching band that we didn't already know (like groups moving up or down a classification). Two things that kind of stuck out to me: two-time defending 4A state champ Argyle will make its 5A debut in Area B, and Highland Park will slot into 6A Area B.
  2. Happy realignment day everyone! The UIL has released all of the district alignments for 2022-2024. I know that for a band perspective, the big date was with the classification list that came out in December, but this will tell bands where they are going for some Friday nights in the fall. https://realignment.uiltexas.org/ Very happy with Summit's football district draw. About the best possible from a travel perspective. Likely seeing Summit and Ennis contend for the District 5-5A DII title with Burleson and Midlothian Heritage potentially playing spoiler.
  3. So Summit's run towards state came to an end Friday at the hands of College Station. I figured they probably would lose, but the game was tied at 14 going to the fourth quarter and somehow it stings a bit more than if they had just gotten blown out like everyone thought. But oh well. Allegedly the sophomore QB who will take over next year is better than the graduating senior QB (who was really good as well) and dropping to 5A DII with the proposed alignment makes me think deep playoff runs will continue to be a thing. Anyway, College Station and Katy Paetow is the night cap Friday night in the 5A DI. Also want to note that we will get Duncanville vs. Galena Park North Shore Part III again Saturday afternoon. You might remember North Shore won in 2018 on a last-play hail mary, which was insane. Really pulling for Duncanville HC Reginald Samples to get his elusive state title. Here's the schedule for the state championships, if anyone is head up here to Arlington this week: Wednesday 11am - 1A DI - May vs. Westbrook 2pm - 1A DII - Strawn vs. Motley County 7pm - 2A DI - Shiner vs. Hawley Thursday 11am - 2A DII - Falls City vs. Stratford 3pm - 3A DI - Lorena vs. Brock 7pm - 3A DII - Franklin vs. Gunter Friday 11am - 4A DI - Austin LBJ vs. Stephenville 3pm - 4A DII - China Spring vs. Gilmer 7pm 5A DI - College Station vs. Katy Paetow Saturday 11am - 5A DII - South Oak Cliff vs. Liberty Hill 3pm - 6A DI - Duncanville vs. Galena Park North Shore 7pm - 6A DII - Denton Guyer vs. Austin Westlake Finally, I do want to mention that Dave Campbell passed away Friday night at the age of 96. Dave started Dave Campbell's Texas Football in 1960, covering Texas football from the premier college schools al the way down to the little 1A towns you've probably never heard of. It revolutionized the Texas high school football media coverage, and he left an incredible mark on the sport. Honestly, TXHSFB might not be exactly what it is without him. The Bally Sports Southwest crew did a good job remembering him Saturday night.
  4. Agreed. I like Stepp, but I hope his predictions are wrong. He also has Summit in a district that stretches down to Belton and Killeen as well plus Ennis and Corsicana. That's a no fun district. But at the same time, when you're the only school in the ISD in that division, you're at the mercy of UIL. There are a lot of different ways this can break in February. I don't envy the job the UIL has to do (especially across six classifications).
  5. So Matt Stepp actually has Weiss going to District 12-6A (Region II) with Bryan, Copperas Cove, Template, Waco Midway, Hutto, and Killeen Harker Heights (although I want to note that the projection came out before today's numbers). He also has Dripping bunking with the Austin 6A schools plus Westlake and Lake Travis and Manor with Buda Johnson, Cibolo Steele, San Marcos and the like. That Weiss district would be a lot of travel though.
  6. So based off of that numbers, here are a few key items to note: - Highland Park makes the jump up to 6A again (UIL confirming that there is, in fact, NOT a HP conspiracy). - Rouse and Mansfield Summit sneak into 5A DII by the skin of their teeth (Rouse 1923 and Summit 1922.5). - 5A DII loses perennial football power Aledo, but also gains Argyle, Melissa and Austin LBJ which will definitely shake things up. Other than that, I don't think there are too many surprises really. The next bit of fun will come on Feb. 1 when the districts are announced (and then of course there will be the TMEA region/area changes as well, I believe).
  7. So the realignment cutoff numbers are now out: http://www.uiltexas.org/files/alignments/Conference_Cutoffs_2022-24_Alignment.pdf Class 6A: 2225+ Class 5A: 1300-2224 Class 4A: 545-1299 Class 3A: 250-544 Class 2A: 105-249 Class 1A: 104.9 and below Division cutoff numbers for football (5A and below) for anyone interested in those numbers as well: 5A DI: 1925-2224 5A DII: 1300-1924 4A DI: 880-1299 4A DII: 545-879 3A DI: 360-544 3A DII: 250-359 2A DI: 164.5-249 2A DII: 105-165.4 1A DI: 59.5-104.9 1A DII: 59.4 and below
  8. So we are all set now for the state semifinal rounds, except for 1A which saw four tickets punched for Arlington (Motley County vs. Strawn and Westbrook vs. May). The Summit offense seems to be doing the thing were you do just enough to pass the class as the Jags raced out to a 14-3 lead on Colleyville Heritage and then held on for dear life for a 21-9 win and their second straight 5A DI Region 1 title. They'll face off against College Station who took down defending champ Denton Ryan in a 26-21 thriller (and we have lost 7 defending state champs so far). Katy Paetow advanced to the state semifinals in the fourth year of that school's existence. They'll face Corpus Christi Flour Bluff who is looking to get to their first ever state title game. (And astute readers will now realize that I missed all four region champs in my predictions, which is why I don't do any of this predicting stuff.) There are some great games elsewhere in the state. You've got Southlake Carrol vs. Duncanville up in the Metroplex. Houston vs. Austin bragging rights are on the line with Katy vs. Lake Travis and Galena Park North Shore vs. Westlake. South Oak Cliff's Cinderella run continues with a match up against Lubbock Cooper. And I know I'm missing a lot more. If you've still got a team in the battle, it's going to be an intense game this week. One more win and you've got a spot here at AT&T Stadium next week. Best of luck to all 44 teams still playing football in December!
  9. Oh hey, here's the official enrollment numbers from the UIL that they will use for realignment. https://www.uiltexas.org/files/alignments/Enrollment_10_29_post.pdf
  10. So Matt Stepp of DCTF is going through class/district alignments for the upcoming realignment for DCTF subscribers. For Summit, he has the Jags in district 4-5A DII along with Belton, Burleson, Corsicana, Ennis, Joshua, Killeen Chaparral, Midlothian Heritage and Waco University. Hard pass on that district. Just so much not to like about that pairing. Nothing against any particular school, but it feels like a bunch of random leftovers. Football wise, it's not a bad district for Summit. Them and Ennis will be the class of the district with the John Kitna-led Burleson Elks right behind and a wild card with Midlo Heritage. But the travel in this district is just nuts. Having to drive to Waco, Belton and Killeen is killer, especially during contest season. Plus with a nine team district, there's only room for two non-district games and one of those has to be Mansfield. But looking at the rest of the realignment projections for 5A DII, I don't know where else any of these schools go to. Bleh.
  11. So uh, yeah, let's talk about that regional semifinal round we just had. We lost SIX defending state champions in the span of roughly seven hours on Friday. South Oak Cliff knocked off Aledo, and that was no fluke. The Golden Bears took it to the Bearcats, who fail to advance to the state semifinal round for the first time since 2012. Then hours later on that same field (Newsom Stadium) in 4A DI, Stephenville knocked out Argyle. Up in Prosper (?), China Spring sprung the upset on Carthage who was the consensus landslide pick to win 4A DII. In 3A DI, Brock avenged last year's loss to Jim Ned in the same round with a 70-25 (!!!) win. Then in 3A DII, Abernathy upended Canadian. And finally in the six man ranks, Westbrook knocked out 1A DI defending champ Sterling City. So now we will have at least 8 brackets with a new champion (Westlake won 6A DI last year but is in the DII bracket this year and Balmorhea (1A DII) lost the week before). I'm not sure we've had a round like that before. Thankfully, Summit held off a really good Midlothian squad in one of the most electric playoff football atmospheres I've been at. The Gopher-Warrior Bowl is very underrated in the DFW area. They get another rematch with Colleyville Heritage on Friday night at Birdville Fine Arts and Athletic Complex (the first football game I'll get to see at that stadium). If you're in the DFW area looking for a Friday night game, that's the one to go to. Other notable games this coming weekend, we've got Allen vs. Southlake Carroll (when was the last time Allen was an underdog in a playoff game), Duncanville vs. Desoto, GP North Shore vs. Atascocita, Vandegrift vs. Westlake, Denton Ryan vs. College Park and so many more. As DCTF's Greg Tepper says, this is where the fireworks factory begins. Best of luck to those with teams still in the playoffs!
  12. Last thing on this: Dave Campbell's Texas Football had someone out there for Monday's game, and they produced this short feature video. Thought it was wonderfully done.
  13. Finally on this topic, I found a link to give monetary donations on the Andrews ISD website, if you feel so inclined to do so: https://andrewsisd.revtrak.net/donations/#/v/Bus-Accident-Donations
  14. If anyone is interested, unfortunately the playoff road came to an end today for Andrews. Despite leading roughly 3/4 of the game, Springtown rattled off 17-straight points to take a 43-33 win. But the Mustangs certainly played with fight. And the images coming out of Sweetwater were certainly moving. A reminder what the Texas high school band and football communities are about. I recommend taking a stroll through the #AndrewsStrong hashtag on Twitter.
  15. If anyone is in the area, they will play the playoff game Monday at 2 pm at the Mustang Bowl in Sweetwater (where the game was originally set to take place). It sounds like the Sweetwater band and Big Spring band will be in attendance for Andrews.
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