Ready for some football

Staff Writer
Brownwood Bulletin
Summer workouts continued Wednesday at Brownwood High School. The UIL has said football practice for Brownwood and other schools in Class 4A and below can begin Aug. 3.

The University Interscholastic League’s decision Tuesday to allow schools in Class 4A and below to start football practice Aug. 3 is “good news for us,” but not the ruling he expected, Brownwood athletic director and head football coach Sammy Burnett said.

Class 6A and 5A teams will play full seasons but won’t be allowed to start practices until Sept. 7 — five weeks later.

“I thought that they would move everybody back to a certain start date,” Burnett said. “I figured they would move the seasons back and maybe reduce the amount of games, and be more consistent with what’s going on with the whole state.

“But that’s not what they did, which is beneficial to us, but I thought that maybe they would either say you’ve got an eight game, a seven game schedule that starts on Sept. 25 or whatever, and we’re all going to go from there. I didn’t think that they would move 5A and 6A back to where they’re actually playing their state championship in January.”

Brownwood’s schedule has been only negligibly impacted by the UIL’s decision. Brownwood is losing its first scrimmage, which was scheduled against Salado, but will play its second scrimmage as scheduled against Godley, Burnett said.

Springtown has replaced China Spring as Brownwood’s third-game opponent because China Spring’s county “came out and said they’re not letting them start school until a certain date, so they postponed their game and they won’t play games until late,” Burnett said.

Brownwood’s fifth game of the season will be against 5A Abilene Wylie, which will be playing its first game of the season, Burnett said. Brownwood’s seventh game — and second district game — will be against Waco La Vega, which will be playing only its second game of the season.

“Their county has cut back when they’re going to start and what they’ll allow them to do. So that is definitely different,” Burnett said.

When football practice starts Aug. 3, “it’s basically what we’re doing now because the UIL changed the rule this summer to try to help us get caught up,” Burnett said.

Sammy Burnett