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DFW Teams Staying in Class 5A

With the UIL realignment coming out this year and the addition of 6A football a lot of teams are being moving up and down for next year. Here are three teams that didn’t have to move at all and are staying in Class 5A, specifically in the DFW Region.

McKinney
McKinney had the lowest enrollment totals of the three schools with 2074 with the Class 5A cutoff at 2099 all three schools were close to being in 6A. McKinney moved up to Class 5A in 2012 and has a combined record of 8-12 in that time span with zero playoff appearances. However since 2000 McKinney has made the playoffs 4 times all in class 4A and is looking to start having similar success staying in Class 5A. McKinney has been to three state title games in their history and has been to the playoffs 22 times. In their state championships McKinney is 1-1 in class 3A, the lone win being 20-7 vs Bay City in 1979, and 0-1 in class 4A.

Rockwall-Heath
Rockwall-Heath was another team that was moved up in 2012 they have been 12-9 in their two years in Class 5A and made a playoff appearance in 2012, losing in the first round. Heath is a relatively new school having their first varsity season in 2006 their enrollment has jumped since them going from about 850 in 2006 to 2087 in 2013. Heath has been dominant in the 13 seasons they have been around going to the playoffs four times. Even though they have not been to a state title yet head coach Mickey Moss has around a 70% winning percentage and a large talent pool to work with, look for them to stay strong in Class 5A.

Grapevine
Grapevine is the only team on the list with more than two years of experience in Class 5A. Grapevine has been in Class 5A since 2002 and has compiled a 58-68 record, making the playoffs 5 times in that time span. In total Grapevine has been to the playoffs 21 times since 1950, in those 21 appearances they have been to two state championship games and have won both, 34-19 against Hays Consolidated in 1996 and 22-0 vs Bay City in 1998. Grapevine is looking to expand on their playoff and state championship appearances as a new wave of teams come into Class 5A.

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