Re-alignment

Jayson Saucedo hopes to help Taylor improve over last year’s record with a new team, Austin Johnson, added to the district.

The Taylor Duck football team will face familiar foes over the next two years, along with one new team. On Monday, the UIL released the new district alignments for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.

Taylor will once again face Burnet, Canyon Lake, Fredericksburg and Lampasas in district. New to District 13 4A is Austin Johnson (LBJ), who dropped down from 5A.

“Well, not really much of a change,” said Robert Little, Taylor ISD athletic director and head football coach.

Taylor moved to Region 3 District 13 4A Division 1 for next season. The Ducks will look to improve from a winless season last year and will face tough competition from the new district.

“We dropped Liberty Hill and picked up Austin LBJ. Both of those programs are darn good,” Little said. “They play a different brand of ball, but both are very good.” 

Early predictions had Taylor headed north to play state bound powerhouses.

“I was happy to not go north with [Waco] La Vega, Brownwood and Stephenville,” Little said. “Overall could have been better, but definitely could have been worse.”

Granger stays in Region 3 District 13 in 2A division 2 but will have more teams to face for a playoff spot. Granger moves from a five-team district to a seven-team district with Burton, Iola, Milano, Snook, Somerville and Bartlett.

“Looks fun to be back in a bigger seven-team district,” said Walt Brock, head football coach. “There are good teams and good coaches in our new district, and it will be fun and challenging to plan for each of them.”  

Thrall moved to Region 3 District 12 in 2A Division 1. Only two teams in the district will look different next season, Bruceville-Eddy and Moody.

“We really like our new football district, and we are now in Region 3,” said Jason Cole, Thrall athletic director and head football coach. “We feel like we match up well with our new district and we think we will be pretty good next year in all of our boys’ sports.”

In addition to Bruceville-Eddy and Moody, the district will also include Hearne, Holland, Rosebud-Lott and Thorndale.

Hutto is the only team in the area to move up in classification and are headed to 6A Region 4 District 25. The Hippos will face five teams from Round Rock ISD including Round Rock High School, McNeil, Stony Point, Cedar Ridge and Westwood. Also, in the district are Austin Vandergrift and Cedar Park Vista Ridge.

District lines for volleyball and basketball were also released. For a full story on those sports, see page 5.

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