One thing is all but certain for Salado and Temple high schools athletic programs. They will be on the move next season.
According to the latest UIL conference cutoff numbers released Monday, Temple will be moving down while Salado will be bumped up a classification during the next round of UIL realignment, which will also feature the addition of a Class 6A.
“We’re going to compete wherever they put us so we’re excited about that and definitely our kids are excited about moving to (Class) 4A,” Salado head football coach and athletic director Brent Graham said.
Temple turned in a snapshot enrollment number of 2,049 while Salado had a snapshot of 478 during snapshot day in October.
The numbers will drop Temple to Class 5A while Salado will likely move up to Class 4A.
“We’re going to go where they tell us to go,” Temple head football coach and athletic director Mike Spradlin said. “From a football standpoint, we’ve had a pretty good run where we’re at, but when you look at it as a whole, we’re going to play with schools that are more our size.”
The UIL announced last year that six-man football would be classified into Class 1A while the current 11-man classifications would be classified one number up, meaning current Class 1A will be Class 2A, and so on.
The UIL will announce its district and regional alignments on Feb. 3.
Class 6A will be for schools with an enrollment of 2,100 and above, Class 5A will have schools with enrollments between 1,060 and 2,099, Class 4A is for schools with 465 to 1,059 students, Class 3A will have schools between 220 and 464, Class 2A will have schools between 105 and 219 and Class 1A will have schools with 104.9 and below.
Graham said the indication was there for some time that Salado would not be staying put at the 2A level and he had been preparing for the move.
He said that travel will be the biggest adjustment as Salado will likely compete with schools to the north and northeast.
“Playing on the road is always a hard thing, especially with high school-aged kids,” Graham said. “But ultimately, every two years we have to go through this. Every school in the state of Texas does it, so you make adjustments and go forward.”
The four Killeen Independent School District schools will likely not be affected by the latest cutoff numbers for Class 6A as Shoemaker (2,271), Killeen (2,313), Harker Heights (2,345) and Ellison (2,652) turned in numbers that were well above the 6A cutoff.
Copperas Cove turned in a snapshot number of 2,204, which will land them in 6A.
Current District 8-5A school Belton will also be well above the 6A cutoff number with a snapshot enrollment of 2,910 and Waco Midway had 2,229, also putting it into 6A.
Lampasas and Gatesville will likely be in Class 4A after having snapshot numbers of 1,017 and 788, respectively.
Florence will likely be in 3A with a snapshot number of 315 while Lometa will be 1A with 82 students.
UIL CUTOFF NUMBERS
- Class 6A (new) — 2,100 and above
- Class 5A — 1,060 to 2,099
- Class 4A — 465 to 1,059
- Class 3A — 220 to 464
- Class 2A — 105 to 219
- Class 1A — 104.9 and below