The congestion of uber-talented football teams that dot the DFW landscape took on a new dimension when two of the state’s best programs were aligned into the same district.
Tentatively scheduled for Week 7 of the 2014 football season is a game between Euless Trinity and Southlake Carroll, both of which will be among the new seven-team District 7-6A for school years 2014-15 and 2015-16, officials of the UIL announced Monday as part of its realignment of public school athletic districts every two years.
The Trojans and Dragons bring with them a winning pedigree that is above any of their five peers in the district.
Combined, the schools have won 17 district titles in the past 10 years and eight state championships since 2002.
The district’s credentials are enhanced with the inclusion of Coppell, which in the past has shared a district at different times with both Trinity and Carroll.
The Cowboys, who finished 11-1 a season ago, edged the Dragons for a district title in 2010 and advanced to the third round before losing to Trinity on the last play of a game that sold out three days early and drew nearly 100,000 television viewers for the live broadcast.
“Our kids … they know it’s going to be very challenging, but that’s what you want if you love to compete,” Carroll coach Hal Wasson said. “They’ll definitely get a chance to do that. I’ll tell you this, there are going to be some great football games.”
Colleyville Heritage and Hurst L.D. Bell — both playoff teams last season — round out the district along with Haltom and Richland.
The UIL realigns districts every two years to accommodate cyclical demographic changes that affect enrollment figures.
A 6A classification was added, though it is merely the new name for what was formerly known as Class 5A. It encompasses schools with enrollments of 2,100 and more.
Six-man football was given a new classification, Class 1A. Former Class A schools compete in Class 2A. Splitting classifications necessitated moving Class 2A schools to 3A and so on.
Schools have the option to appeal their respective realignments. Those are generally made because of travel budget concerns.
Twenty schools dropped from the state’s highest classification and 22 moved up, including Denton Guyer, the two-time defending Class 4A Division I state champion, which was placed in a district with Keller’s four 6A teams.
“We’re so geographically close … it fits,” Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver said of Carroll. “It’s a wonder it’s never happened before.”
Much rejoicing likely accompanied the morning coffee in the offices of Fort Worth schools.
Gone is Aledo, the defending Class 4A Division II state champion, which was sent with Granbury to District 8 in the new Class 5A, for schools with student bodies between 1,060 and 2,099.
Those two will compete in a league with a distinctive Johnson County flavor — Burleson, Burleson Centennial, Cleburne, Crowley and Joshua, plus Everman of southern Tarrant County.
Fort Worth’s 11 Class 5A teams were divided into two districts.
Carter-Riverside, Dunbar, Eastern Hills and Polytechnic will compete in District 6-5A with Grapevine, which dropped in classification, Lake Dallas and Birdville.
District 7-5A is comprised of all Fort Worth schools, including Arlington Heights, North Side, South Hills, Southwest, Trimble Tech, Western Hills and Wyatt.
Fort Worth’s largest school, Paschal, stayed in a district unchanged from recent years and made up predominantly of Arlington schools — Arlington High, Bowie, Lamar, Martin and Sam Houston — plus North Crowley and Weatherford.
Also, competing in girls athletics in this new District 4-6A will be the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, the Fort Worth school district’s first single-gender school.
The good news for teams in 7-6A is that they won’t have to face each other in bi-district or area-round playoff games if they’re in the same postseason divisions.
Those, though, could be interesting. Simply ask Mansfield.
The Tigers learned they would be aligned with Cedar Hill, the defending Class 5A Division II state champion, state semifinalist DeSoto and Duncanville in District 8-6A.
Grand Prairie, South Grand Prairie and Midlothian, which moved up a class, complete the district.
“If we’re fortunate enough to go down that road [in the playoffs], I’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” Wasson said. “I know our players are excited to compete in [the new district] and the community should be. There’s nothing easy about this area anytime.”