Lower enrollment figures for A.C. Jones High School were believed to have dropped our Trojan football team to the 3A ranks for at least the last two UIL realignment cycles, or about four years.
However, every two years in early February, there we were again, finding ourselves lining up to play much larger opponents such as Calallen, Gregory-Portland and Victoria East and West.
Before that, poor Beeville yo-yoed between the South San Antonio districts and the coast from Corpus Christi to Port Lavaca, like a forgotten stepchild.
Now finally, the UIL has done us a great favor and placed us in the new District 15-4A Division I (the former 3A) against more appropriately sized foes (Gonzales, La Vernia, Pleasanton, Robstown and Rockport-Fulton).
Our latest enrollment was reported at 969 students and our 4A, Div. I classification is comprised of schools with numbers between 686 and 1,095. So we will go from one of the smallest schools in old 4A classifications to one of the largest in the new ones.
“I think alignment went well for us,” said Trojan Athletic Director Jimmie Mitchell. “We are now in a district where our numbers are comparable to the other teams in our district. Even though our numbers align much better, we are still in a very competitive district with all but Robstown making the playoffs last year.”
For those who remember what it felt like to play on the state record losing teams of the early 1970s, it’s not a lot of fun being one of the small kids on the block, facing what are now classified as 6A school bullies.
It’s much better picking on someone our own size. The Trojans will still have to battle, but we like their chances for earning playoff spots.