The high school football landscape in Runnels County received a considerable makeover Monday morning as the UIL revealed its biennial realignment.
Ballinger and Winters will see several new opponents on their district schedules for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. Miles' district slate contains many of the same foes, but the Bulldogs are changing regions.
Ballinger is moving to District 2-3A Division II and is bringing along former league rivals Bangs and Grape Creek. New to the district will be Sonora, Brady and Ingram Tom Moore, while Anson, Cisco, Coleman, Merkel and San Angelo TLCA are exiting.
The Bearcats will likely be the team to beat in 2020, coming off a 9-3 campaign. Bangs (6-5), Brady (5-6) and Sonora (4-7) each made the playoffs last year, while Ingram Tom Moore (3-7) and Grape Creek (1-9) missed out.
Winters' district has been completely revamped as the Blizzards will clash with Cisco, Coleman, De Leon, Goldthwaite and San Saba in District 4-2A Division I. The Blizzards were in District 3 the past two years along with Hawley, Ozona, Stamford and Forsan.
Perennial powerhouse Cisco (11-2) drops down to Class 2A along with Coleman (4-6), while San Saba (13-1) has reached the regional final in each of the last two seasons. Goldthwaite (2-8) and De Leon (4-8) were also members of District 7, located in Region I, along with San Saba the last two years.
Winters posted a 5-6 mark in 2019 and reached the playoffs.
Miles is moving to Region IV in Class 2A Division II, residing in District 14 with Christoval, Eldorado, Menard, Rocksprings, and Junction — the lone new addition to the league. The last two years the Bulldogs were in Region II as a member of District 8 along with Christoval, Eldorado, Menard and Rocksprings.
The Bulldogs went 7-4 last year and qualified for the playoffs as the district's third seed. Eldorado (10-2) is the reigning champion, Christoval (10-2) was the runner-up and Menard (2-8) advanced as the fourth-place team. Rocksprings (3-7) missed the playoffs.
Junction, the lone holdover from the former District 14, posted a 4-7 overall record last year and reached the playoffs.
In sports other than football, Ballinger will compete in District 6-3A along with Brady, Clyde, Merkel Grape Creek, San Angelo TLCA, Jim Ned and Wall.
Winters and Miles will be district rivals in sports other than football — with the exception of volleyball — placed in District 8-2A along with Coleman, Colorado City, Forsan and Roscoe.
In volleyball, Miles will tangle with Colorado City, Bronte, Loraine, Olfen, Paint Rock, Veribest and Water Valley.