Last season, the Aledo football team outscored Fort Worth ISD schools 461-53, plowing through District 7-4A en route to the Class 4A Division II state championship.
But when the UIL announced Monday morning that Aledo would be grouped outside of Fort Worth ISD for the 2014-16 realignment, it wasn’t the competition his varsity team will be getting that coach Tim Buchanan was most pleased with.
“Scheduling’s the easiest thing here — not with varsity but sub-varsity,” Buchanan said. “The thing about Fort Worth ISD is that they’re not allowed to play “B” teams, either JV or freshman teams, even if they have the numbers. So it makes scheduling for sub-varsity a nightmare.”
The Bearcats will play in District 8-5A with Burleson, Burleson Centennial, Cleburne, Crowley, Everman, Granbury and Joshua.
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Buchanan said playing in a Fort Worth ISD-heavy district resulted in junior varsity and freshman games being scattered across the area.
Aledo varsity’s non-district slate includes a season opener at Cedar Park and a home game against Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.).
“[Aledo] will definitely be a measuring stick for us,” said Crowley coach Chris James, whose Eagles were district champions in 2013. “They’re the best team in our classification. I’m excited to get them in with us and see where we are as a program.”
Fort Worth Dunbar, last year’s District 6-4A champion, will play in District 6-5A alongside Carter-Riverside, Eastern Hills, Polytechnic, Birdville, Grapevine and Lake Dallas.
Grapevine and Lake Dallas are the new additions to the old district, with Grapevine dropping down a class. Dunbar coach Todd Lawson said he’s more familiar with Lake Dallas, which played last year in 5-4A.
“[Lake Dallas] is bringing a good brand of football, coming out of a tough district,” Lawson said. “No [familiarity] at all [with Grapevine]. I texted some of my coaches and said we’ve got to get on it.”
Birdville coach Jim Skinner shared the same sentiment regarding the new additions.
“I thought, it’s going to be a good district,” Skinner said. “I don’t know much about Grapevine, but I know Lake Dallas has a great football program.”