The University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment has caused significant changes in the Texas high school football landscape, with new classifications, divisions, regions, and districts. Here are ten quick thoughts on the seismic impact of the realignment.

By the Numbers
  • Port Neches-Groves moves to Region II, potentially facing South Oak Cliff in a regional final.
  • DeSoto opts up to 6A, impacting the competitive landscape in District 11-6A.
  • Houston area sees significant changes in various districts, including the pairing of Alvin ISD and Pearland ISD.
  • Challenges arise with districts stretching over 200 miles and unexpected pairings due to schools with no local class-mates.
  • Mart faces a tougher road in District 10-2A Division II with the addition of Chilton and Bremond.
State of Play
  • 192 brand new districts have been established, comprising over 1,200 teams.
  • Region changes have set up entirely different paths through the playoffs for various teams.
  • Teams moving up or down in classification have experienced differing fortunes in their new districts and regions.
  • Changes in the six-man classification, including newcomers and teams moving across regions, have stirred significant movement.
What's Next

The realignment is not officially finalized, with the possibility of teams appealing their district placements. Non-district schedule-making begins as teams prepare for the next two years.

Bottom Line

The UIL's biennial realignment has reshaped the Texas high school football landscape, setting the stage for intensified competition and challenging paths to championships in the coming years.