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2012 REALIGNMENT: Coaches, public get first look at new districts (Video)

Feb. 2, 2012 at 11:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 2, 2012 at 8:03 p.m.

From left, East coach Roland Gonzalez, VISD athletic director Ralph Escalona and West coach Leonard McAngus look over the new districts on Thursday morning.

SEE THE NEW DISTRICTS HERE

Someone quipped there was going to be either crying or elation at 9:01 Thursday morning once area football coaches found out the details of their UIL-mandated districts for the next two years.

None of the nearly 20 grown men camped inside the Region III Education Service Center in Victoria shed tears. But, two coaches were so excited about their UIL assignments and reclassifications they dapped each other up and exchanged a huge hug.

One would have hardly figured Weimar's Zach Hudson and Flatonia's Chris Freytag will be district opponents after their embrace.

"We thought we would be with Shiner, Flatonia and Ganado, which would be a tough district for everyone," Hudson said. "But, it wound up not being that way."

Freytag and Hudson will be in District 13-1A Division I along with Holland, Thorndale and Thrall. The two teams that most concerned the pair - Shiner and Ganado - are in District 15-1A Division I with Kenedy, Three Rivers and Yorktown.

No one was as demonstrative as Freytag and Hudson about their assignments, but there were a few raised eyebrows as coaches scrambled to find games and scrimmages to fit a schedule that did not have as many district opponents as anticipated.

Two of those coaches were Roland Gonzalez from Victoria East and Leonard McAngus at Victoria West. Both were expecting to be in an eight team district, but wound up in a reconfigured District 30-4A with Calhoun, Beeville, Gregory-Portland, Tuloso-Midway and perennial power Calallen.

"I have been doing this for a long time, the only thing I knew for sure is you never know how it will turn out," McAngus said. "You have to be open to whatever happens. We are in this district, with these teams, for a reason. We will take each game one at a time. Our goals don't change."

Considering Calallen has not missed the playoffs since 1984, and current Wildcats head coach Phil Danaher has a 66-13 career record against his future district opponents, it would not be a stretch to say the other six teams in District 30-4A are fighting for three playoff spots.

"It will be a fantastic challenge and a great opportunity to right off the bat got into competition against one of the historically best teams in the state and especially South Texas," Gonzalez said. "I think it will be a great deal for our district and our program."

Past successes only mean it's harder to find a non-district opponent. Shiner head coach Steve Cerny spent the morning trying to fill a Week 5 game. Calhoun football coach Richard Whitaker is looking to fill out the Sandcrabs schedule.

Cerny's Comanches have such a tradition that one coach at a 2A school said "I would rather play (Class 3A) Sweeny than (Class 1A) Shiner" Thursday morning as he sough to complete his non-district schedule.

On the other end of the equation is Bloomington head coach Randy Perez.

"Everyone has been calling us for non-district games," said Perez, whose Bobcats were 1-9 in 2011 and lost 51 straight district contests. "I have had to put my phone down sometimes."

Nevertheless, Perez said Bloomington will have a glut of juniors this fall with two years experience in his system. Perez added he is encouraged his team is in the District 15-2A, Division II that will feature three other teams that won fewer than three games.

Like Cerny, and the three local coaches in 30-4A Perez's team did not have the number of foes he was anticipating. Unlike his counterparts, he has to drop a non-district game, likely against Wallis Brazos to complete his schedule.

Within an hour of Region III Executive Director Julius Cano laying down the ordinary brown box with the realignment packages, the coaches - from as far away as Weimar, Kenedy and Columbus - had not only vacated Victoria, but filled out their schedules.

2012 SCHEDULES

Here are the unofficial schedules for East and West and scheduled opponents for several other opponents.

VICTORIA EAST

Week 0 at Gonzales

Week 1 at San Marcos

Week 2 San Antonio Brackenridge

Week 3 at Corpus Christi King

Week 4 Tuloso-Midway

Week 5 at Gregory-Portland

Week 6 Victoria West

Week 7 at Beeville

Week 8 Open

Week 9 Calhoun (Thursday)

Week 10 at Calallen

VICTORIA WEST

Week 0 at Lockhart

Week 1 Cuero

Week 2 at South San Antonio

Week 3 Bay CityWeek 4 Open

Week 5 Beeville

Week 6 at Victoria East

Week 7 Calhoun

Week 8 at Calallen

Week 9 Tuloso-Midway

Week 10 at Gregory-Portland

CALHOUN

Schedule is incomplete. Team is looking for one more game.

NON-DISTRICT: Monterrey Tech (Mexico), La Vernia, Corpus Christi Carroll

CUERO

Schedule is incomplete.

NON-DISTRICT: Wharton, at Victoria West (Week 1), Beeville (Week 2), Somerset, Ingleside

GOLIAD

Schedule is incomplete.

NON-DISTRICT: St. Joseph (Week 0), Yorktown, Edna, Mathis

REFUGIO

Schedule is incomplete.

NON-DISTRICT: Edna, Ingleside, Lago Vista

YOAKUM

Schedule is incomplete.

NON-DISTRICT: Columbus, Sinton, Hallettsville, Edna, Rice Consolidated

EL CAMPO

Schedule is incomplete.

NON-DISTRICT: Waller, Bryan Rudder, Bay City, Richmond Foster

EDNA

Schedule is incomplete.

NON-DISTRICT: Goliad, Yoakum, Refugio

RICE CONSOLIDATED

NON-DISTRICT: Houston St. Thomas (Week 0), Luling (Week 1), at Columbus (Week 2), East Bernard (Week 3), at Yoakum (Week 4)

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