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In new UIL re-districting,
Hawks get six-team district
(02/08/18)

For the first time since the Texas University Interscholastic League created two divisions in Class 4A, Iowa Park will have a six-team district for football, as a result of the UIL’s newly-released Re-alignment for 2018-2020.
District 3-4A will include Iowa Park’s former conference foes in Graham, Bridgeport, Vernon and Krum – but will now include Aubrey, formerly of District 5-4A.
“I like it,” Iowa Park Athletic Director Aubrey Sims said Monday of the addition of another team to 3-4A. “I like playing five non-district games, taking a break, then five games in district.
“It worked out good for us last year ... I think we played eight straight, then had a bye just before the playoffs, I felt like we had the energy and weren’t beat down,” he continued. “But, with our non-district schedule being tough (this coming year), we might need a little break before we start district, so it has worked out for us.”
By a “tough non-district schedule,” Sims is referring to the addition of Class 3A DI state-finalist Brock and 4A powerhouse Sweetwater to the 2018 schedule.
Iowa Park will open the 2018 season against Holliday, followed by Brock, Burkburnett, Sweetwater, and Mineral Wells.
“I think we have it home and away, and away and home the next two years,” Sims noted.
Brock made it to the state championship game in December where they fell to Rockdale 45-29. Prior to that, the Eagles lost only twice through 16 games (26-9 to Midland Christian, and 30-28 to Breckenridge). Brock defeated the only common opponent with Iowa Park, Wall, 29-10. Wall defeated the Hawks 42-14. According to Sims, Wall lost two of its top players before the Brock game, and a handful of other players were sidelined during the game.
According to Sims, Brock will return virtually its entire roster in 2018, losing only two senior starters.
Sweetwater made it to the state quarterfinals in 2017 before losing to Graham 48-28. The Mustangs went 10-3 for the season, second place in district to Seminole after a 28-27 overtime loss.
After a bye week in 2018, the Hawks will open 3-4A play at Graham, then home against Vernon, at Aubrey, at Bridgeport, then at home against Krum.
Aubrey, like Iowa Park, went two games deep in the 2017 playoffs before bowing to eventual state champ Texarkana Pleasant Grove 56-28. In bi-district, the Chapparels defeated Canton 35-24. They finished the season 8-4 overall, third in District 5-4A behind Melissa and Celina, losing to the Bobcats in district 24-22, and to Melissa 43-17 (Melissa also lost to Pleasant Grove, in the state quarterfinals, 55-14). Pleasant Grove defeated Celina the week prior by a score of 33-14).
“They had a great year last year,” Sims said of Aubrey. “Their coach does a great job with his kids. They have a little different offense than we have in our district ... it is kind of a Wing-T, but pretty versatile with a lot of different formations. It is not that far to drive (to Aubrey), it’s just on the other side of Krum.”
Asked if the addition of a sixth conference team will also help with scheduling sub-varsity (including junior high) games, Sims said details are still being worked out.
“Aubrey will play our junior highs,” Sims said. “In the past, Bridgeport and Krum have not, but they both have new coaches. They weren’t here during the last re-alignment, so maybe both of them will get us on the junior high schedule.”