Month: March 2016

Arizona HS Football Realignment Regions for 2016

Many Arizona high school football fans are very confused at the moment. Over the last several years the largest high schools in the state competed in low divisions of Division I, II and III. The smaller schools were the higher divisions such as IV and V. Now we are going backwards. In 2016, the largest high schools will be in the high divisions 6A, 5A and 4A with the smaller schools being in the lower divisions – 3A, 2A and 1A.

We know, it is extremely confusing. Fortunately, we are working on getting you all the Arizona High School football schedules with the proper regions and divisions. All you need to know is that 6A is comprised of the largest high schools and 1A is the smallest. This is the way it is in several states including Texas, Georgia and North Carolina.

Below find the names of the regions for the largest divisions in Arizona high school football:

6A Regions for 2016 & 2017
Central East Valley Fiesta
Corona del Sol Dobson Basha
Desert Ridge Mesa Brophy
Desert Vista Mountain View (Mesa) Chandler
Gilbert Red Mountain Hamilton
Highland Skyline Perry
Mountain Pointe Westwood
Metro Desert Valley Southwest Tucson/Yuma
Alhambra Boulder Creek Copper Canyon Cibola
Central Desert Mountain La Joya Kofa
Cesar Chavez Horizon Millennium Rincon
Maryvale Mountain Ridge Tolleson Sunnyside
North O’Connor Valley Vista Tucson
Trevor Browne Pinnacle Westview

Note that regions are now names or areas rather than numbers. This will be confusing to those that are used to seeing numbers beside each region.

5A Regions for 2016 & 2017
East Valley 1 East Valley 2 Metro Northwest
Arcadia Campo Verde Apollo Centennial
Chaparral Mesquite Ironwood Liberty
North Canyon Queen Creek Kellis Shadow Ridge
Notre Dame Vista Grande Maricopa Sierra Linda
Paradise Valley Williams Field McClintock Willow Canyon
  5A REGIONS for 2016 & 2017
Phoenix Sonoran Southern Desert West
Camelback Cholla Buena Agua Fria
Carl Hayden Desert View Cienega Deer Valley
Fairfax Flowing Wells Ironwood Ridge Desert Edge
Glendale Marana Mountain View (Marana) Goldwater
Independence Poston Butte Sahuaro Lake Havasu
South Mountain Verrado

If the high school you are looking for is not listing above please leave a comment below and we will make certain you know which region your team will be playing in in 2016 and 2017.

Snapchat High School Football Team Accounts

It is almost time for the 2016 high school football season. With diehard fans throughout the country looking to get the “behind the scenes” look at their favorite programs or alma maters, it should come as no surprise that many true fans will try to find the official Snapchat account of their team.

If you know the official Snapchat account of your high school football team please post it in the comments below. We would love to get a list of team Snapchat accounts. This will allow us to enjoy Friday nights even more.

In the comment post the name of your high school and the Snapchat account name. Over time we will update this page so we have HS teams from Texas, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, California, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and more.

When Will 2016 HS Football Schedules Come Out?

UPDATE: The 2016 Georgia High School football schedules were released on March 22nd, 2016. They are currently being published to this website.

This is a question we have been getting asked quite a lot over the last few weeks. Remember that athletic directors are working right now to square away the 2016 schedule. We look for most schedules to be ready by the end of the school year. Note that athletic directors are often coaches of other sports like wrestling, track and field or baseball.

With this being the case, the coach and athletic director has to get through the season before planning the next season. If we are lucky, some of the HS football schedules will be available to us by the time spring games are over.

Most high schools cannot start practicing until August 1st, 2016 so the schedule won’t matter much until then. Look for some of the best teams in each state to start planning scrimmages and jamborees in mid August. Although it will be extremely hot, coaches want to see what their players can do before the actual season starts.

Do not be surprised to see scrimmages in just shoulder pads and helmets. Some will run skeleton drills in which it will be 7 on 7 with just a QB, RB and WRs. Some teams will sneak some TE throws in, but it will mostly be WRs and RBs. The defense will just have linebackers, corners and safeties. In essence, it is just the skill positions that will get to enjoy these types of scrimmages.

The offensive and defensive linemen might not get full pad game action until the last when in August which will be the first game.

Florida High School Spring Practice and Game Rules

This is what we have learned as it pertains to spring practice in south Florida:

South Florida allows you to have two of them (jamborees). We are also allowed 10 days of hitting in the spring.

So we do 3 weeks of practice then 1 simulated game week and we play our spring game.

In the fall the week before our first regular season game we will have another exhibition game called the “kickoff classic”

It is interesting that so many high school athletes in south Florida would be willing to give up baseball and track to participate in spring football. That being said, we are certain that most football coaches encourage their players to participate in track. This is very common as track skills only improve football speed.

There are a number of high schools that require starters to run in a certain number of track meets every single year. If student athletes do not run in two or three track meets they do not get to start the first game of the next season.

Is this true at your high school? Does your football coach encourage athletes to run track?

What is a High School Football Jamboree?

Throughout the south there are diehard fans that will do anything to whet their appetite for high school football. Most high school football teams can start practice in early August but do not play their first game until after the school year starts in late August. What are fans going to do during the hot summer Friday nights? Fortunately, they can attend Jamborees that are full team scrimmages that last much of the day.

Remember that most of these high school football players do not go back to school until late August so they are able to play the entire day until school starts. While most Jamborees are on Saturdays there are a few that are on Fridays as well. If you want to watch some high school football before the season starts check in your local newspaper to see where the closest Jamboree will be.

These types of events are all kinds of fun because they have a state or county fair atmosphere. You will be able to get fried chicken, turkey legs, sweet tea, deep friend candy bars and more. Some may even had rides for the younger kids to go on. There may even be some country or bluegrass music going on as well.

If your high school football team is playing in a Jamboree in August 2016 please post the schedule below so all the fans will have the opportunity to see some of the preseason scrimmages of their favorite high school football teams.

Who Will Win the Texas 6A D1 State Championship in 2016?

Some of the best high school football in the entire country will be played in the Texas 6A D1 division. Heck, some of these teams could probably beat college football teams. The high school stadiums in Texas have higher attendance numbers than a large percentage of college football programs throughout the United States. So, what team will come out on top and win one of the most coveted titles in all of football – the 6A D1 state championship?

Feel free to express your opinions below. Any profanity will be removed from the comments. We also reserve the right to remove any type of derogatory comments about a specific player, coach or school. That said, we would like to hear your opinions when it comes to the best high school football team in Texas 6A D1 in 2016.

How Many Teams Make the 6-Man 1A Playoffs in Texas?

Every year there is a debate as to how many teams should make the high school football playoffs in the state of Texas. In the 6-Man 1A designation 32 teams from District 1 (DI) and 32 teams from District 2 (DII) make it into the playoffs that start on the second Friday of November. There is a Region 1, 2, 3 and 4 set up for the 32 team bracket.

The first round is known as bidistrict with the second round being regionals then into quarterfinals before the final four. The final four will include semifinals games and then the state championship which is not played in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington like some of the other designations in Texas.

There is a chance we will see the bracket expanded in the near future but in 2016 expect to see 32 teams from DI and DII get into the playoffs with a chance to make it all the way to the state championship game.