The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced the alignment for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. In football alignment, schools are divided into Division I for larger enrollment, or Division II for smaller enrollment. In class 2A, the enrollment mark for these divisions is 297.5. Blanco submitted an enrollment of 295.5, placing the football program in Division II.
The move to district 14-2A Division II doesn’t mean smaller schools will make an easier football district schedule. Blanco joins other exceptional programs from Lexington, Rogers, and Schulenburg. Jarrell, Randolph, and Johnson City complete the seven team district. Drive time will be a factor in this widespread district. Rogers is located 128 miles north, just east of Temple, while Schulenburg is east 118 miles.
The Blanco football opponents from the past two seasons all stayed in the larger Division I. Blanco’s long-time district rival, Comfort, has been placed in District 3-2A in Region I with Ingram as their nearest opponent and San Angelo, Grape Creek, Brady, Bangs, Early, and Wall as long distance members of their district.
The rivalry between Blanco and Comfort will continue, however, with a pre-district game the second week of the season.
For all other UIL sports and academics, Blanco is assigned to District 27-2A. In addition to Blanco, members will be Austin Harmony Science, Comfort, Ingram, Johnson City, and Lago Vista. The travel time and mileage is reasonable, with a 15-mile drive to Johnson City and a 64-mile drive to the farthest opponent, Lago Vista. District 27-2A is in Region IV, so play-offs and regional meets will be located much closer.
Currently, Blanco is in Region I for academics, track, golf, and all other sports, with the exception of football. The Region I meets are currently held in Odessa. Returning to Region IV is much more convenient for Blanco because most of the regional meets will be held at Texas State in San Marcos.