The local six-man football landscape won't be changing much for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years, as the UIL released its biennial realignment Monday.
The May Tigers are moving from District 14-A Division I to District 13-A Division I, but their rivals will remain the same — with the addition of a fifth league squad. Joining May, Gorman, Lingleville and Santa Anna the next two years will be Baird, which has dropped down from the 11-man ranks.
“It's pretty much what we expected,” said May head coach Craig Steele, who has led the Tigers to four straight district championships. “It should be an interesting district. I expect Baird to be pretty good. I don't know how much they bring back. They were one of if not the best independent six-man school last year.”
The Zephyr Bulldogs will face the same district foes they have the past two seasons in 15-A Division I — Evant, Lometa and Jonesboro.
“We knew there was a good chance for us to remain where we are,” said Zephyr head coach Jeremy Phillips. “We feel good about our chances to compete in this district.”
Blanket and Brookesmith will remain league rivals in District 15-A Division II, along with Sidney and Rising Star. The only change is Panther Creek moving in, while Mullin moves out.
“Our district only had one change, we lost Mullin and added Panther Creek,” said Blanket head coach Tyler Tabor. “I would think that Blanket and Brookesmith will be the front-runners.”
Brookesmith head coach Scott Edmondson said, “Nothing really changed and we know each other in this district pretty well. We're all losing a few kids but I don't see the make up of it changing a whole lot. Panther Creek might be a little more competitive than they were last year, but I think we are going to be right there with Blanket together again. Talent-wise I think we're going to be pretty comparable again like we were this year.”
Mullin will join state champion Richland Springs, Rochelle, Cherokee and Lohn in District 16, occupying the spot that formerly belonged to Panther Creek.
In sports outside of football — with the exception of volleyball — the districts will look drastically different. Over the two past years, Brown County's four schools — Blanket, Brookesmith, May and Zephyr — competed in the same district. In the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years, those schools won't even be in the same region.
May will compete in District 13-A in Region II along with Baird, Eula, Cross Plains, Moran and Rising Star.
In District 17-A, located in Region III, will be Brookesmith, Cherokee, Lohn, Lometa, Richland Springs and Rochelle.
Comprising District 18-A, also in Region III, will be Blanket, Zephyr, Evant, Gustine, Mullin, Priddy and Sidney.
Zephyr, the lone Brown County six-man school participating in volleyball, will be in District 8-2A along with Coleman, De Leon, Gorman, Gustine, Lingleville, Mullin and Rochelle.