Usually, teams have around half of the season to prepare for district play. That won’t be the case for the teams in District 12-6A as league play begins the third week. Each of these nine teams has only two weeks of actual game prep before the postseason hunt begins the second weekend of September.

Through realignment, the UIL sent University away from the College Station-area contingent and hooked the Trojans up with an array of schools from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area.

La Vega, China Spring and Gatesville are traditional rivals that will raise the power quotient in any district. Throw in powerhouses Stephenville and Brownwood and there’s no question District 5-4A Division I will be one of the best districts in any classification.

Realignment brought defending state champ Rockdale and new school Manor New Tech into a district that has seen its share of success thanks to Cameron Yoe’s run of four straight state title games from 2012-2015.

In a five-team district, the odds are high for Clifton and Hamilton to advance to the postseason. Lexington — with six starters on offense and six starters on defense returning from last year’s regional finalist squad — is the favorite for the district crown.

It will be another battle for the district crown between De Leon and Crawford again this season. A year ago, De Leon claimed the title with a 38-18 victory over Crawford the first week of district play. The two teams finished out the district schedule unscathed.

Hearne and Holland will vie for the district title after successful seasons a year ago. Hearne returns seven starters on offense and eight on defense off last year’s area finalist squad that went unscathed through district play. Holland, off its regional semifinalist finish, welcomes back th…

Most of the time, the UIL is just looking to make some geographical sense of things when it realigns the districts. But if it was wanting to ramp up the level of competition, it accomplished that with this grouping.

As districts go, this one doesn’t make the most geographic sense. For instance, it’s a drive of roughly an hour and 45 minutes from Oglesby, which is west of Waco on the way to Gatesville, to McDade, which is located east of Austin, near Elgin.