Cleburne football

The UIL released revised conference and division cutoff numbers for its 2020-22 realignment, and Cleburne will now stay Class 5A Division II instead of moving up to Division I.

The University Interscholastic League released updated conference and division cutoff numbers for its 2020-22 reclassification and realignment Tuesday morning, updating previously released figures from Dec. 3.

Since the release of last week’s figures, new information was brought forward updating numbers previously submitted by schools which has caused conference cutoffs to be revised, according to a press release from the UIL.

And those updated figures brings change for Cleburne football — which will now stay in Class 5A Division II rather than move up to 5A Division I.

The initial cutoff numbers for 5A Division I were 1,900 to 2,219 with Division II at 1,210 to 1,899, which would’ve placed Cleburne in Division I with an enrollment number of 1,916. But the revised numbers released Tuesday morning now have 5A Division I at 1,922 to 2,219 and Division II at 1,230 to 1,921.

Cleburne’s enrollment number of 1,916 will keep the Yellow Jackets in 5A Division II by a mere five students.

Cleburne head coach Casey Walraven said the news was certainly a surprise and has resulted in a rush to try to find new non-district opponents, for a second time within a week.

“It’s definitely crazy,” Walraven said. “Today has already involved fielding a lot of phone calls and text messages and trying to sort out [non-district] scheduling just to get a preliminary idea of what we’re going to do. There’s a lot of work that went into it that we’ll have to change some things now. I guess at least we’re finding out now that things changed instead of in a couple months.

“Scheduling is going to be a situation to deal with but we’ll get it handled and find the best competition and best schedule we can for our kids and be prepared to play in whatever district the UIL puts us in.”

Burleson Centennial (1,942) will still move up to Class 5A Division I as initially thought because the revised numbers didn’t change things for the Spartans — or Midlothian, which will also move up to DI. 

So Cleburne’s football district (5-5A DII) from the past two years could remain similar with Burleson, Joshua, Aledo, Cleburne and so on staying DII, but with a couple changes because of Centennial and Midlothian moving up.

“It’s the same philosophy as before when we thought we were moving to Division I — we’d like to stay Region I if we can,” Walraven said. “But it’s a competitive district we’ve been in. We’ll be losing Midlothian and Centennial, which are two really good football teams. So we’ll see if we’ll be in the same district, and who they want to add into that.”

Mansfield Timberview was another 5A program that dropped from Division I to Division II with Tuesday’s announcement. Timberview could be a potential replacement for Centennial or Midlothian.

Overall, Class 5A’s conference cutoff numbers were 1,210 to 2,219 initially, but the revised numbers are 1,230 to 2,219. Class 4A’s conference cutoff numbers were 515 to 1,209 initially but have been changed to 515 to 1,229.

There are no other changes for Johnson County teams after Tuesday’s news; the only school affected was Cleburne in football.

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