Central Texas 5A Realignment Winners & Losers

There was some big time moving around in the Central Texas 5A ranks after realignment, including four schools moving up from Class 4A and one switching regions.

The Winners…

PFLUGERVILLE: There really were not that many winners in Central Texas in Class 5A, but Pflugerville is the clear victor here. The Panthers, fresh off of a berth in the state finals, are clear winners as they move out of the brutal Region II and the always tough former 14-5A and into Region IV where they will compete with Austin I.S.D. schools and now will have a cross town showdown against Connally, who moves up from Class 4A.

GEORGETOWN: There was some talk that the Eagles could perhaps move to north to join the Killeen schools, as well as Belton, Temple, and the College Station. Now Phil Blue's team stays in the new 16-4A with all of the Round Rock and Leander schools, and getting rid of Pflugerville might help the Eagles get to the playoffs for the first time since 2000.

COPPERAS COVE: It sounds crazy to say this since the Bulldawgs are moving back up to Class 5A after two straight state title game berths in Class 4A, but they have to like their chances in the new 12-5A, as their entry makes the old 13-5A a nine team district. The Bulldawgs won their two games in 2007 against 12-5A foes by a combined score of 112-19.

The Losers…

CEDAR PARK VISTA RIDGE: The Rangers are making the jump to Class 5A and now they not only have to compete head-to-head against cross town rival Leander, but the rest of the new 16-5A that features two teams that made deep playoff runs last season (Leander and Round Rock) and 14-5A champion Stony Point.

PFLUGERVILLE CONNALLY: As mentioned, the Cougars are making the jump to Class 5A after having a great run in Class 4A that included back to back trips to the state semifinals in 2004 and 2005. Now they not only face Pflugerville High in district plays in the new 25-5A, but three other playoff teams from last season (Austin High, Bowie, and Westlake) and an up-and-coming Anderson team that finished 6-4 last season.

NEW BRAUNFELS: Wow, the Unicorns really got the raw end of their moving back up to Class 5A. Not only are they out of the TPI designated Central Texas area and into a San Antonio district, but it is the meat grinder 26-5A district that features perennial playoff teams Smithson Valley and Madison.

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