If you like to travel the new football realignment for Burnet might excite you, but for most it was a bit of a shocker. Gone are the 20 minute rival trips between Burnet and Liberty Hill, and the short drive to Llano is also a thing of the past.
Fortunately Lampasas is still in the district. They are one of only two familiar opponents that made the move to District 13-4A, the other being Gatesville. New opponents include China Spring, Robison, and Waco La Vega.
Lampasas, who turned in 1,017 students in the count is the largest in District 13-4A, in fact they are the sixth largest overall in the classification. Burnet is next in the district with 924, followed by Gatesville, 788; Waco La Vega, 740; Robison, 734; and China Spring, 718.
It was no secret Llano was going in a different direction due to numbers, so for now one of the longest running rivalry games in the state will get put on hold.
But some may question why two schools with basically equal numbers, Burnet with 924, and Liberty Hill with 954, only 20 miles apart not in the same district? Perhaps somebody didn‘t do their homework. And because of pre-realignment scheduling the two rivals will not even meet in pre-district play.
Central Texas football fans have been deprived of at least two seasons of this great rivalry for what had to be an oversight. They could meet in the playoffs, but what a shame.
The Panthers are now in District 14-4A with Bandera, Boerne, Canyon Lake, Fredericksburg, and Taylor.
Overall the level of competition will still be there according to Burnet athletic director Kurt Jones, "I was surprised that we went up north but no matter what it will still be a challenging district. Either way we could have went the competition would have been about the same.”
While the home and home portion of the 2014 football schedule is not yet set it was known that the Bulldogs will play Marble Falls for their opener followed by games against Abilene Wylie, Fredericksburg, Waco University, Taylor, China Spring, Waco Robison, Gatesville, Waco La Vega, and Lampasas.
Burnet’s basketball teams will play in a different district than the football teams. The basketball boys and girls will play in District 25-4A which looks more like our old district with Lampasas, Llano, and Liberty Hill. New comers to this district include Salado and Taylor. It’s possible that the Bulldogs could be involved in a third district for volleyball, track, softball, and baseball but that information is not expected to be released until mid-March.
Marble Falls landed in District 25-5A with seven other schools including Austin Vandergrift, Cedar Park, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Dripping Springs, Georgetown, Georgetown East View, and Leander. The Mustangs are by far the smallest in their district with a count of 1125, the biggest is Leander, 2008.5; followed by Cedar Park Vista Ridge, 1990; Austin Vandegrift, 1979.5; Cedar Park, 1847; Georgetown, 1797; Dripping Springs, 1480; and Georgetown East View, 1404.
Just like last year each football district regardless of size will send four teams to the playoffs.