CENTRAL TEXAS (February 3, 2014) The addition of a class 6A and the split of another class into two divisions are two of the most significant changes made by the University Interscholastic League with the release of the high school football realignment Monday morning.
The addition of class 6A does not create a "super-class" for the largest schools in Texas, it simply moves every current class up one classification. For example, 5A is now 6A, 4A is now 5A, 3A is now 4A, 2A is now 3A, 1A is now 2A and six-man will now be 1A.
Another important change with this year's realignment is the creation of divisions within class 4A (formerly 3A). Class 4A will now be just like classes 1A thru 3A and be pre-divided into Division I and Division II, while classes 5A and 6A will not be divided into divisions until the playoffs.
Several Central Texas high school football teams will switch classes in 2014.
Temple makes an expected drop to 5A (formerly 4A) for the next two seasons. The Wildcats will play in district district 17. Joining Temple are Elgin, Hutto, Manor, Pflugerville Connally, Waco, and Waco University.
Crawford also drops a division, moving to the new 2A (formerly 1A). The Pirates will join district 8. Also in that district are Itasca, Axtell, Valley Mills, Bosqueville, and Mart.
Salado makes the jump back to 4A (formerly 3A) following two years in class 2A. The Eagles will be part of district 4. Also in Salado's district are Burnet, Lampasas, Liberty Hill, Llano, and Taylor.
West will not join its former 17-3A foes in the move to 4A. The Trojans will be part of district 9, along with Comanche, Glen Rose, Grandview, Hillsboro, McGregor, and Whitney.
Rockdale will be in class 3A as well, dropping down from the former 3A (current 4A). The Tigers will join district 10 along with Cameron Yoe, Little River Academy, Troy, Florence, and Lago Vista.
Moody and Riesel will drop down one class. Both are in district 13 along with Rosebud-Lott, Holland, Thorndale, and Thrall.