Rockdale moving up to Class 4A

BILL MARTIN

While the University Interscholastic League’s bi-annual realignment is not due to be revealed until February, I’d like to go on record as reporting that Rockdale will move up to Class 4A.

Now before start hyper-ventilating, there’s a couple of things you need to know.

The UIL is finally creating a sixth major classification which has been discussed and dissected for the past two decades.

And it appears, because there will be a Class 6A and Class 3A is going to a Division I/Division II format (the last classification to do so), there will be enough clearance for the Tigers to remain in Class 3A for the time being.

And since everyone is jumping up a notch, Rockdale will reside in Class 4A beginning in 2014.

Got it?

This is all speculation of course, but according to realignment guru Carl Padilla, this is all likely to take place. Maybe.

Padilla, of the Padilla Poll, puts the realignment under the microscope every two years like nobody else, while figuring in past history along with educated guesses, crystal balls, the Long Island physic and one of those eight ball prediction devices.

We kid of course, but you get the picture.

The UIL’s snapshot day is Oct. 25, when schools report attendance figures. Rockdale has actually lost 320 students which will put them at 454, (which still leaves them behind last realignment’s 474).

According to Padilla, that number will put the Tigers at the very bottom of the new Class 4A cutoff, 460 to 798.

Look for the Tigers to move back in to the nice and cozy classic Central Texas lineup with Giddings, LaGrange, Smithville and Caldwell—all schools with like enrollments.

Giddings would have the most with 656 and Rockdale would be the smallest by far in that hypothetical setting, next to Smithville at 528.

In anticipation of remaining in Class 3A (4A), Miller has already sewn up six games for next season’s schedule.

Caldwell, Smithville, Salado, Troy, Cameron and Taylor are all penciled in.

This of course would change should any of these teams be included in the same district as the Tigers—or if they slip down a classification.

Navasota and Taylor—which are both nearing 1,000 enrollment— will move into Division I.

Taylor will most likely move back west with Burnet, Liberty Hill, Llano and Lampasas where they have been before. Another possibility is being grouped with China Spring or Robinson.

Madisonville will likely move in with Columbus and Bellville, while Navasota is going to be a tough fit and will probably have to do some heavy duty traveling. Maybe El Campo, Needville, Cleveland, Splendora or Palestine?

What’s going to make a significant difference for the Tigers is not necessarily the district lineup, but when they hit the playoffs where they won’t have to face teams that are double their size like Carthage, Silsbee, Cleveland, Palestine, Huffman-Hargrave and Splendora.

And that holds true for all sports, not just football.

So, according to Padilla, here’s what next year’s UIL realignment might look like, including area teams:

• 4A Division I (799-1179 enrollment, 103 teams): Navasota, Taylor.

• 4A Division II (460-798, 103 teams): Rockdale, Caldwell, Madisonville, LaGrange, Smithville, Giddings.

• 3A Division I (298-459, 110 teams): Cameron

• 3A Division II (200-297, 110 teams): Hearne, Lexington.

• 2A Division I (151-199, 84 teams): Thorndale, Thrall.

• 2A Division II (105-150, 84 teams): Milano, Granger.


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