UIL: Northwest to land in 5A Division II

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, December 9, 2017
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The Northwest Texans will compete in the new 5A Division II next fall for football.

Northwest fell in the smaller of the two classes in the new division split for 5A when the University Interscholastic League announced the conference cutoffs and division splits Wednesday morning.

Northwest turned in an enrollment of 1,791 on Oct. 27, the UIL snapshot date.

The 2018 season will be the first year for a division split in 5A. The range for 5A Division II is 1,150 to 1,839.

Northwest’s Byron Nelson (2,579) and Eaton (2,222) landed in 6A (2,190 and above).

Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, Northwest ISD Executive Athletic Director Joel Johnson had stated there was a chance Northwest could end up in the smaller division of 5A.

“The number for the Division I and II split was a little higher than expected,” Johnson said. “We were hoping for Division II.”

The real speculation will be what league Northwest lands in. Johnson said the school could go a number of different way with Wichita Falls, Burleson, Fort Worth or Frisco schools.

“I met with Coach [Bill] Poe and we looked at all the 5A Division II schools all the way up to the Lubbock and Amarillo area. It’s a huge guessing game until February,” Johnson said.

The UIL will announce district alignments for football and basketball for 2018-20 on Feb. 1.

The rest of the Wise County schools are staying put. Decatur will again be in 4A Division I (790 to 1,149) for football and 4A in the rest of its activities. Decatur turned an enrollment of 1,054 in October.

Bridgeport will stay in 4A Division II (505 to 789) with an enrollment of 651.

Boyd (401) and Paradise (349) are back in 3A Division I (335 to 504). Their District 4-3A Division I rival Bowie stayed under the new cutoff number, which could keep the current district intact.

Alvord (212) and Chico (163) will stay in 2A Division I (161.5 to 224).

Slidell (60) is in Class A (104.9 and below).

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