4 Programs to Appeal UIL Football Realignment Decisions to DAAC

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AUSTIN — Of the 10 Teams that will appeal the recent University Interscholastic League realignment and re-districting, four are directly rated to the sport of football.

According to press release by the organization on Thursday, those teams will appeal their placements Feb. 20 to the District Assignment Appeals Committee (DAAC).

After the UIL released its biennial reclassification and realignment data on Feb. 1, all schools were given the opportunity to appeal their district and conference assignments. Fort Worth Trimble Technical School and Fort Worth Young Men’s Leadership Academy are requesting a move from District 4-6A to District 4-5A.

Everman and San Angelo Central High Schools are requesting a change in district only, from respective 5-5A and 3-6A to 4-5A and 2-6A. Each of the teams reside in Division II of their conferences except one — San Angelo Central.

Trimble Tech and YMLA’s move would help it escape the daunting task of facing a majorly Arlington dominated district and one containing four playoff contenders last season. The teams would join the rest of FWISD and Justin Northwest High School.

Running back Jace McClellan helped lead the Bearcats to the UIL state title game in 2017. Joseph Nguyen/TexasHSFootball

Schools Scheduled to Appeal District Assignment:
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School                                                           Original District         Requested District
1. Austin Ann Richards (VB)                         6A – 25                      5A – 25
2. FW Trimble Tech (FB)                                6A – 4                        5A – 4 (D II)
3. FW Young Men’s Leadership (FB)         6A – 4                        5A – 4 (D II)
4. Marble Falls (BB/VB)                                  5A – 17                      5A – 18
5. Poteet (BB/VB)                                               4A – 30                      4A – 29
6. Chireno (BB)                                                    1A – 28                      1A – 29
7. San Angelo Central (FB/BB/VB)               6A – 3                        6A – 2
8.     Granbury (BB/VB)                                      5A – 4                        5A – 5
9. Everman (FB)                                                   5A – 5 (D II) 5A – 4 (D II)
10. Richards (VB)*                                              2A – 22                       2A – 26
* Indicates that the school has received a unanimous vote of approval from both the original district and the receiving district.

Everman, which made the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years since 2010, currently shares district space with Aledo, Arlington Seguin, Burleson, Midlothian, and five other schools. They would move from the nine-team district to the seven-team Fort Worth dominated District 4-5A.

Aledo is a 2017 UIL 5A state championship runner-up and Midlothian has been tested after residing in the “District of Doom” for the past two seasons.

If Everman,  Trimble Tech and YMLA receive approval, it will create a 10-team district — the only one in Class 5A Division II. Everman may be a long shot compared to the other two institutions due to the UIL’s efforts to bind ISD schools together in the same district.

San Angelo Central is requesting an exit from a district that has Abilene Euless Trinity, Haltom City, Hurst Bell, Richland, and Weatherford High Schools. Five of their six opponents are an average of 240 miles or 3.5 hours away.

San Angelo Central High School to Euless Trinity High School. Photo courtesy Google maps

Abilene is the closest at 89.7 miles and 1.5 hours.

If the DAAC approves the reassignment, San Angelo Central’s football program will move into a district with Amarillo Tascosa, Midland, Midland Lee, Odessa, Odessa Permian and Wolfforth Frenship High Schools. The furthest city to travel in that six-team grouping would be Amarillo at 305 miles and 4.37 hours followed by Wolfforth at 191 miles and three hours.

San Angelo’s travel to the remaining four schools would be much shorter. Odessa is only 2.1 hours west and Midland 1.5 hours. None of the schools require more than 140 miles of travel.

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