RHS drops down
According to cutoff numbers released by the University Interscholastic League Monday morning, Rockdale will compete at a lower classification when teams are realigned in February.
While the Tigers will remain in Class 3A, it is actually the new Class 2A. The UIL added a 6A for large school competition, so all classes were bumped up one number.
Six-man football will now be called Class A.
Class 2A has been very good to Rockdale. The Tigers won state in football and Track in 2A in 1976-1977.
“This is not a surprise to us at all,” said Rockdale ISD Athletic Director Jeff Miller. “With the steady decrease in enrollment we have been seeing lately, we knew that we would probably drop down a classification.”
Rockdale turned in a snapshot enrollment of 446 on Oct. 25, which is 19 below the new Class 4A cutoff. Two years ago, the cutoff was 474.
Rockdale will become a Class 3A Division I team and will probably join old rival Cameron in a district again.
Area teams Cameron (Class 3A, 390 enrollment), Thorndale (2A, 185) and Milano (2A, 149) will remain at their current status.
District alignments will be released on Feb. 3.
Rockdale is the only current District 18-3A team that is dropping down.
The Tigers have spent two different stints in Class 2A, the first from 1954-65 and the second time from 1976-79.
In football, they fashioned a 112-61 record overall and were 11-4 in the playoffs, including two appearances in the state championship game.
Rockdale could find itself in a district with schools like Cameron, McGregor, Troy, West, Hillsboro, Academy or Lago Vista.
Lexington, Rogers and Hearne will be part of Class 3A, Division II.
“People that think we will be in an easier district need to think otherwise,” Miller said. “That could possibly be as tough or tougher than the one that we are currently in.”
“Biggest problem is that now, in the middle of preparing for a play-off game, I am having to scramble to put together a schedule for next year.
“However, it is really good that we know now instead of February what division we are in and that should help with putting together a schedule.”