GLEN ROSE – Texas high school football fanatics, coaches, players and planners received their biennial early – or late, depending on the level of the water in your glass – Christmas presents just after 9 a.m. on Monday morning with the UIL’s announcement of the 2016-18 football and basketball districts.
The redistricting, which occurs every two years, is used as a way for the UIL to reorganize the ever-growing school districts around the State and is a morning looked forward to by hundreds of thousands.
The excitement was made evident when the 15-20 Glen Rose faithful gathered inside Glen Rose ISD’s boardroom were forced to wait four-long minutes to see where it was Glen Rose was going to land after the UIL’s website crashed.
For Glen Rose, the jump to Class 4A was undoubtedly going to bring an entire change of scenery, regardless. The only question was which direction and region the Tigers would wind up in.
The Glen Rose football team will be competing in Region 1’s District 6-4A alongside Fort Worth Benbrook, Godley, Hillsboro, Venus and Waxahachie Life.
Benbrook is a third-year high school that began with only a freshman class in the fall of 2014.
While the school has competed on the junior varsity and freshman levels for two years, this will be head coach Cody Slater’s first-year with a varsity squad.
Slater was previously the head coach of the Hirschi High School Huskies, where in 2014 he took the school to its first playoff appearance in eight years after back-to-back 2-8 seasons.
Godley and Venus have both competed in District 4-4A over the last two seasons and finished second and fourth in 2015, respectively – despite neither posting a winning record.
Waxahachie Life – formerly Red Oak Life – is a public charter school and will be joining Glen Rose in the jump up from 3A. The Mustangs finished the 2015 season with a 6-4 record after a 5-0 start. One of the district losses came to playoff power Sunnyvale – who finished 12-2 after bowing out, 45-28 to Mineola in quarterfinals – by a single touchdown, 28-21.
Dates, times and locations have yet to be set in stone, but first-year Glen Rose Head Coach Cliff Watkins has secured scrimmages against Gatesville and defending 4A State Champion La Vega, and non-district games against Grandview, Waco Connally, Mineral Wells, Carrollton Ranchview and Lake Worth.
On the basketball side – which may very well carry for all remaining sports, but will have to wait a few more weeks for confirmation from the UIL – the Tigers have been placed in Region 1’s District 8-4A.
The district, which follows the same general US Hwy 67 path, consists of Alvarado, Godley, Midlothian Heritage, Stephenville, Venus and Waxahachie Life.
The overall general consensus in GRISD’s boardroom following the morning’s announcements was positive, as most felt anything other than the brutally tough 9-3A and 11-3A districts would be a step in a slightly easier direction.