Uvalde High School will be dropping in classification from 5A to 4A for the next two school years.
Based on the conference cutoff numbers announced Tuesday by the University Interscholastic League, UHS will be placed in Class 4A Division I for football and in Class 4A for all other sports.
“Hopefully this should kind of even the playing field for us,” said UHS head football coach and athletic director R.T. Gonzales. “For years, we have been one of the smallest high schools in Class 5A. In district football, we have faced some schools with as many as 1,800 students and in the other district sports we have gone up against schools with over 2,000 students,” said Gonzales. “Those schools have had a big advantage over us because of the larger pool of athletes available.
“We have not backed off from the challenge of playing those larger schools, but it has been difficult,” said Gonzales. “For the next two school years, we will be playing schools that are much closer to us in terms of student enrollment.”
The UIL’s conference cutoff numbers for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years for Class 4A Division I football range from 865 students to 1,209 students, while the numbers for the others sports in Class 4A range from 515 students up to 1,209 students.
With 1,195 students, UHS came in just under the cutoff between 4A and 5A.
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