Class 6A: An approaching reality?
Class 6A: An approaching reality?
2010-07-20 00:00:00

By Travis Stewart/Texas Football  --  A look at what Class 6A could be like.

A good idea is like a good werewolf — you just can't kill the thing that easily.

Once again, the UIL is seriously considering implementing a Class 6A — a "superclass," so to speak, that would take all of Class 5A's largest schools and lump them into yet another classification. Sam Khan at the Houston Chronicle has been all over this so far. But instead of just "trimming off the top," as earlier discussions had centered around, this new idea, which wouldn't even come into effect until 2012, would add up all the schools in Texas (1,047 11-man football schools, by my last count), and re-divide them into six even classes: 6A-1A. I'm not entirely sure how the 130 six-man schools would play into this. My understanding is that this new concept would take all current 11-man football programs and divide them up into six even classes. That would mean each class would get 174 or 175 teams.

The proposal would be sent out to schools in September, then the UIL would re-evaluate soon afterwards. So now we've set the table.

How would a Class 6A even look? I ranked every school in Texas by enrollment, then took the top 175 to start plotting out regions and districts. Assuming that the UIl stuck with the four-region approach (no one says they can't get creative somehow), each region would get approximately 44 teams. I found it almost impossible to hit that number without giving a few schools absurd travel distances. Mine are close — I gave Region I 44 teams; Region II, 42; Region III, 43; and Region IV, 46.

The UIL also said that, were this plan to be put into action, it would likely send four teams from each district to the postseason (a big shift for 3A-1A, which only get three.) Again, I found it almost impossible to make eight districts without saddling programs with monstrous travel budgets. I went with six districts per region, with districts 1-6A and 7-6A getting byes in Region I, etc. 2-6A and 8-6A, for example, do not exist. It is unlikely the UIL will do this, but it's the best solution I can come up with without further number crunching.

I tried to keep schools together by ISD, just like the UIL does now in it's current realignment format. I don't think I missed very many. But I will confess — Laredo schools and southern San Antonio schools, Tyler Lee, and San Angelo Central all got bit by the travel bug. Got any more idea? Feel free to offer feedback, or point out something I missed.

Region I | Region II | Region III | Region IV

Region I
District 1-6A
EP El Dorado
EL Franklin
EP Americas
EP Socorro
EP Montwood
EP Hanks
EP Coronado

District 2-6A
Bye

District 3-6A
Odessa
Odessa Permian
Midland Lee
Midland
San Angelo Central

District 4-6A
Arlington Martin
Fort Worth Paschal
Arlington Bowie
Arlington
Arlington Lamar
Arlington Sam Houston
North Crowley
Mansfield

District 5-6A
Irving MacArthur
Irving Nimitz
Irving
Dallas Sunset
Dallas Skyline
Southlake Carroll
Keller
Keller Central

District 6-6A
Plano
Plano East
Plano West
Allen
Richardson Berkner
Richardson
McKinney Boyd
Hebron

District 7-6A
Garland
Rowlett
Sachse
Naaman Forest
Lewisville
Flower Mound
FM Marcus
Cedar Hill

District 8-6A
Bye

Region II
District 9-6A

Colleyville Heritage
Haltom City Haltom
Hurst L.D. Bell
Euless Trinity
Justin Northwest
Coppell

District 10-6A
Bye

District 11-6A
Mesquite Horn
South Grand Prairie
Grand Prairie
Duncanville
North Mesquite
Mesquite
DeSoto

District 12-6A
Cy Falls
Cy Creek
Cy Fair
Cy Woods
Cy Ridge
Cy Springs
Cy Lakes
Jersey Village

District 13-6A
The Woodlands
Conroe
Tomball
Conroe Oak Ridge
The Woodlands College Park

District 14-6A
Klein Oak
Klein Forest
Spring
Klein Collins
Spring Westfield
Klein
Spring DeKaney

District 15-6A
Round Rock McNeil
Round Rock Stony Point
Round Rock Westwood
Georgetown
Austin Bowie
Austin Akins
Austin Westlake
Austin High

District 16-6A
Bye

Region III
District 17-6A

Fort Bend Kempner
Fort Bend Clements
Fort Bend Hightower
Fort Bend Elkins
Pearland
Clute Brazoswood

District 18-6A
Bye

District 19-6A
Katy
Katy Mayde Creek
Katy Cinco Ranch
Katy Seven Lakes
Katy Morton Ranch
Langham Creek
Katy Taylor

District 20-6A
Deer Park
Pasadena Dobie
Pasadena Memorial
Pasadena Sam Rayburn
Pasadena South Houston
GP North Shore
Alvin

District 21-6A
Alief Hastings
Alief Elsik
Alief Taylor
Houston Bellaire
Houston Lamar
Houston Westside
Houston Chavez
Houston Madison
Houston Sam Houston

District 22-6A
Aldine Nimitz
Aldine Eisenhower
Aldine MacArthur
Aldine
Kingwood
Humble Atascocita
Tyler Lee

District 23-6A
Baytown Sterling
Port Arthur Memorial
Beaumont West Brook
Clear Creek
Clear Springs
Clear Brook
Clear Lake

District 24-6A
Bye

Region IV
District 25-6A

Belton
Killeen Harker Heights
Killeen Ellison
Bryan
Austin Del Valle
A&M Consolidated

District 26-6A
Bye

District 27-6A
SA Reagan
SA Roosevelt
SA Churchill
SA Madison
SA MacArthur
SA Lee

District 28-6A
SA Jay
SA Stevens
SA Warren
SA Taft
SA O'Connor
SA Clark
SA Holmes
SA Marshall

District 29-6A
SA Southwest
SA East Central
CC King
SA Wagner
Converse Judson
Laredo United
Laredo United South
Laredo Alexander
Del Rio

District 30-6A
Edinburg North
Edinburg
PSJA Memorial
PSJA North
PSJA
McAllen
Edinburg Economedes
La Joya
La Joya Palmview

District 31-6A
Los Fresnos 
Brownsville Porter
Brownsville Hanna
Harlingen
San Benito
Weslaco
Donna
Mission Sharyland

District 32-6A
Bye


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