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February 9, 2014

Area coaches comment on new UIL districts

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Perrin head football coach Brad Hutton was pleased with the move. Oddly enough, the UIL has placed Perrin is in a Class 2A football district, but has put PHS in a Class A basketball district.

“Great move,” he said. “More travel, but welcomed. Albany is real good, Santo is real good. Everybody else is pretty equal I think. We are excited.”

It appears Millsap once again will be placed in a stout district. Bulldogs head football coach Kyle Coker said each game in District 2-3A Division II. The good news for Millsap is its travel distance has shortened.

“This district is one of the toughest in the state in 3A Division II,” Coker said. “There are six playoff teams in it from a year ago including a state champion and a team that missed the state championship by one game.

“It will be a battle each week. Travel is not bad for us as it is for others in our district.”

Santo head football coach Randy Thornton feels the new district “makes geographical sense.”

“It’s always exciting in February during a UIL realignment year,” Thornton said. “The UIL took some of the edge off this year by releasing the divisional cutoff numbers back in December.

“Regardless, we are excited in Santo to find out our new district and who we will be paired up with come the next couple of years.

“I stand by the statement that you don’t win or lose football games in February. Teams prove themselves in the fall on the field.

“That is our focus right now. With that being said we are excited about the opportunity to play in Division 2. The last four years we have been the school with the smallest enrollment in our district. It will be nice to be on the other side for a change.

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