Things did change for all three Bee County schools with both the Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats and A.C. Jones Trojans having to adopt the most.
The 2A classification of schools was broken down in two divisions for the upcoming years – with a big school Division 1 and a smaller school Division 2.
Only two teams from each district will make it to the postseason playoffs in both 1A and 2A districts.
The Bobcats will be a part of an eight-team district and it will be designated as District 16-2A Division 2. Joining Skidmore-Tynan will be Banquete, Freer, Hebbronville, Kingsville Academy, Premont, Refugio and Riviera Kaufer – a few of the old along with several new area rivals.
“Realignment for the next couple of years took a significant turn in the 2A scheme of things, which we knew was coming, because of the Division 1 and 2 adjustments with only the two top teams advancing,” said Dan Garza, S-T head coach and athletic director.
“We sit in a small 2A, eight-team district. This allows us room for only three non-district games to prepare. We move forward.”
The fewer non-district contests make summer preparation and early season contests much more meaningful for football. Every game counts just that much more.
Some expected the A.C. Jones Trojans to move north to join with a few of the San Antonio schools, reminiscent of the previous set-up from a few years ago. Some expected the Trojans to stay south with several of the Corpus Christi schools, yet neither happened.
The Trojans will have a couple of old rivals along with a three new district foes. Beeville is still in District 30-4A with Gregory-Portland, Port Lavaca Calhoun, Floresville and the two new entries into 4A competition, Victoria East and Victoria West.
“I am really excited about the new realignment. I think it will be a very competitive district, I feel that we can compete with everybody,” said Trojan Athletic Director Troy Moses.
“With only having six teams, we will have more time to get ready for district play, not only in football but all of our other sports as well.”
The 1A Pettus Eagles underwent a few changes in both basketball and football realignment. The District 16 1-A Division 2 Eagles will be in a slightly larger football district which includes newcomers Agua Dulce, Benavidez and Bruni to go along with holdovers Falls City, Runge and Woodsboro.
In basketball, the district is the same as this year except for the Kenedy Lions taking the Yorktown Wildcats’ place.
“In our basketball district, things didn’t change much, but our football district is very different,” said Pettus head football coach and AD Steve Marbach.
“It was really a pretty tough redistricting in terms of football. We only lost one team and gained three, plus one less team will make the playoffs now,” Marbach said.
The larger football district will again eliminate a couple of non-district games and make each game a little more meaningful.
“With seven teams fighting for only two playoff spots, you can’t afford to make any mistakes. We will have to be ready to play each and every Friday,” Marbach said.
The full realignment of the districts statewide can be found on the UIL Web site.
Surrounding area schools and their new districts are listed below.
16-2A Div 2
16-A Div 2
15-2A Div 1
San Antonio Cole
Universal City Randolph
14-2A Div 2
SA Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering