BREAKING: Major changes to Texas high school football state championship schedule
The 2017 UIL Texas high school football state championship games at AT&T Stadium will have a different calendar, TexasFootball.com has confirmed.
Get your calendars ready: the Texas high school football state championships are set, and there’s a seismic shift in this year’s schedule.
The 2017 UIL Texas high school football state championship games — December 20-23 at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium — will feature a different schedule, doing away with the Thursday quadruple-header in favor of four days of tripleheaders, the UIL confirmed exclusively to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football on Tuesday.
The 2A Division I state championship game will now be played on Wednesday, December 20th as part of a triple-header with the Class 1A (six-man) title games. This represents a shift in scheduling from previous years, in which the two 1A championships were played on Wednesday and all four 2A and 3A title games were played on Thursday.
Perhaps most noteworthy of the shift is that the 2A Division I state semifinals will likely be played on Thursday, December 14 and cannot be played on Saturday, December 16 due to the UIL’s “five-day rule,” which states that teams cannot play two games in five days.
Also new this year: a shift in kickoff times, with games kicking off each of the four days at 11 a.m. In past seasons, the games have kicked off at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., which often led to some late nights when lengthy contests forced later games to be pushed back.
The UIL confirmed to Texas Football that an extra hour will be allotted on Wednesday to transition the 80-yard six-man field to the 100-yard field for 11-man play.
The complete 2017 Texas high school football state championship schedule is below, with all games played at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.
Wednesday, December 20
Class 1A (Six-Man) Division I — 11 a.m.
Class 1A (Six-Man) Division II — 2 p.m.
Class 2A Division I — 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 21
Class 2A Division II — 11 a.m.
Class 3A Division I — 3 p.m.
Class 3A Division II — 7 p.m.
Friday, December 22
Class 4A Division I — 11 a.m.
Class 4A Division II — 3 p.m.
Class 5A Division I – 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 23
Class 5A Division II — 11 a.m.
Class 6A Division I — 3 p.m.
Class 6A Division II — 7 p.m.