Written by Matt Wixon
Most of the Dallas area's top football teams are headed for 5A Division I, while Katy is again headed for Division II
It's probably a little early for the "Who's going Division I, who's going Division II" watch, but because it's always a popular subject, we'll put a toe in the water.
Actually, there's another reason:
Fans always want to know if Katy is going to go into the 5A Division I bracket, which is where most of the Dallas-area heavy hitters are each season. (For starters … Allen, Coppell, Skyline, Southlake Carroll and most likely DeSoto). And although district hasn't begun yet for Katy, it looks like the Houston-area powerhouse will again be in Division II.
Katy (4-0 this year and nationally ranked) is fourth in enrollment among the eight schools in District 19-5A. For Katy to be in Division I, two of the smallest four 19-5A schools need to make the playoffs. Here are those schools and their current records:
Houston Memorial (1-2) Katy Mayde Creek (1-3) Katy Taylor (0-3) Houston Strake Jesuit (0-3)
The records of District 19-5A's three schools with enrollments larger than Katy:
Katy Morton Ranch (3-0) Katy Seven Lakes (3-0) Katy Cinco Ranch (2-1)
So, yeah, Katy appears headed back to Division II.
I mentioned above that DeSoto is most likely to be in Division I. The only way DeSoto can be put in the Division II bracket is if South Grand Prairie and Duncanville qualify. That's certainly possible, but there are a lot of good teams in District 7-5A, and South Grand Prairie lost its district opener to Mansfield.
Katy defeated Cedar Hill in last year's 5A Division II title game. Allen beat Houston Lamar in the 5A Division I title game. The last time Katy was in the Division I bracket was in 2010.