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Frenship
59
Burges
Final 7
Odessa
45
Monterey
Final 7
Weatherford
50
Coronado
Final 38

Class 5A >>

Canyon Randall
21
Plainview
Final 0
Sweetwater
66
Lubbock High
Final 35
Cooper
43
Idalou
Final 22

Class 4A >>

Midland Greenwood
49
Seminole
Final 36
Estacado
37
Hereford
Final 36
Roosevelt
45
Lamesa
Final 32
Muleshoe
48
Levelland
Final 46
Littlefield
28
Snyder
Final 0

Class 3A >>

Fort Stockton
49
Brownfield
Final 42
Denver City
33
Pecos
Final17
Floydada
33
Slaton
Final 6
Abernathy
24
Post
Final 21

Class 2A >>

New Deal
55
Dimmitt
Final 14
Smyer
35
Hale Center
Final 28
Friona
23
Olton
Final 13
Crosbyton
34
Tahoka
Final 7
Springlake-Earth
13
Morton
Final 12
Sudan
19
Ralls
Final 13
Lockney
40
Lubbock Christian
Final 22
Bovina
40
Plains
Final 0
Seagraves
53
Jal
Final 0
Sundown
48
Calvary Christian
Final 18

Class 1A >>

Jayton
Ropes
10 a.m. Sat.
Lorenzo
Wellman-Union
7:30 p.m.
Spur
58
Anton
Final 13
Meadow
46
Santa Anna
Final 14
New Home
64
Amherst
Final 14
Whiteface
69
Christ the King
Final 22
Borden County
78
Knox City
Final 45
Klondike
88
Dawson
Final 43
O'Donnell
77
Southland
Final 49
Petersburg
Follett
Sat. 4 p.m.

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Trinity Christian
New Mexico Military
Canceled
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Player safety, realignment create changes for high school football

With preseason practices getting underway, here are five things to keep in mind as the season gets closer.

Posted: August 4, 2012 - 11:16pm  |  Updated: August 5, 2012 - 1:02am
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The UIL has new rules designed to keep football players from being harmed by the heat when high school practices begin Monday.    After realignment, when Monterey's Byron Parker runs against the Frenship defense, it will be in a District 4-4A game. Lubbock High also will be in the district after both moved down from Class 5A  Zach Long
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The UIL has new rules designed to keep football players from being harmed by the heat when high school practices begin Monday. After realignment, when Monterey's Byron Parker runs against the Frenship defense, it will be in a District 4-4A game. Lubbock High also will be in the district after both moved down from Class 5A
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Preseason practices for high school football teams that did not participate in spring football begin Monday all across the state. Here are five things to keep in mind as the season gets closer:

New practice rules

The days of two-a-day practices are close to being extinct. Beginning Monday, new rules take effect severely limiting the number of two-a-day practices schools can schedule. For the first four days, or “acclimation days” before full pads are allowed to be worn, schools can hold one practice and one walk through per day. After that, schools can schedule two-a-day practices, but not on consecutive days, and practice time combined can not exceed five hours per day.

Classification shakeup

The news came down in February, but it is put into practice this week as several South Plains teams will complete in new classifications or divisions within those classes. Most notably, for the first time in school history, Monterey and Lubbock High will not compete in the state’s highest classification, dropping to 4A from 5A. Also, Brownfield and Lamesa dropped to 2A from 3A, Idalou went to Division I from Division II in 2A and Roosevelt dropped to Division II from Division I. Going against the trend, Olton jumped up to 2A from 1A.

District foes

With the realignment comes some district shakeups, and one of the biggest ones might have happened in 3A where playoff opponents now become district enemies. The past two years, Cooper has met both Seminole and Andrews in the postseason. Now, to get to the postseason, the Pirates will have to deal with the Indians and Mustangs in District 2-3A. Realignment also forced Coronado, Lubbock’s lone 5A school now, to fall back into a league with schools from Abilene, Midland and Odessa. Teams from 4-4A now won’t meet a Metroplex-area district until the third round of the postseason, just like the old days.

Focus on concussions

With heightened awareness of the long-term effects of concussions, coaches and administrators must be more careful dealing with head injuries. House Bill 2038 now requires specific guidelines be met for an athlete who has suffered a concussion before he is cleared to play again. Each school must establish a Concussion Oversight Team (COT), at least one member of which is required to be a licensed physician. Also, any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion in practice or competition must be pulled immediately. He can return to action only after a physician produces a written statement clearing him and his parents or guardians sign a consent form showing they have been made aware of concussion symptoms, prevention, treatment, oversight and safety practices.

Favorites

Several South Plains teams open the season ranked in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s preseason polls — Frenship (No. 22 in 4A), Estacado (No. 22 in 3A), Muleshoe (No. 7 in 2A, Div. I), Littlefield (No. 9 in 2A, Div. I), Borden County (No. 4 in 6-Man, Div. I) and Motley County (No. 4 in 6-Man, Div. II).

Compiled by George Watson

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