It’s no secret that district 18-6A wasn’t exactly a district that people expected to make a run at state last season.
Aldine ISD matched up with Northbrook and Memorial from 2014-2015.
Northbrook was a team that everyone in the district picked on, sending them to a 0-6 record. Memorial was a tougher opponent grabbing a 4-2 record in district play before being eliminated by Cy Ranch in the Bi-District round of the UIL playoffs.
Well, onto a new year and a new district. Not only is Aldine ISD headed into a new district (16-6A), they move over from Region III-6A to Region II-6A as well.
What exactly does this mean? We can say that it means a few things.
A new district means new opponents – Spring ISD: Spring, DeKaney, and Westfield – and an extra team in district adds another district game and one less prep game.
Region II means that when playoff time hits, after the bi-district round, you’re going to travel. Austin and Dallas regions will likely be the destination unless the two teams mutually agree to meet halfway in which case College Station is a happy medium, possibly further.
Moving on to the competition.
Spring ISD moves over from Klein ISD opponents and district 15-6A so the competition for Aldine ISD is definitely more prominent.
Eisenhower got off to a slow start in 2015 losing 3-of-4 games to FB Hightower, Kingwood, and now district foes, Spring. Perhaps those losses to eventual playoff teams prepared them well as they turned the season around going undefeated in district play.
Davis also had a tough start going 1-3 in non-district falling to Montgomery, College Park, and Spring. They, like Eisenhower, recovered nicely though in district play going 5-1 losing only to the eventual district champions.
Macarthur went winless in prep games combining for four losses at the hands of Dickinson, La Marque, Montgomery, and Conroe. District wasn’t much better for the Generals. They managed to defeat Northbrook and Aldine, but took some big losses to Eisenhower and Davis.
Nimitz had a tough pre-district schedule and went 0-4 unable to match up to Conroe, Spring, Worthing, or Atascocita. They took a tough loss to Aldine and it almost cost them the postseason if it weren’t for a thrashing of MacArthur in the final week of the season.
Aldine scheduled Strake Jesuit, Oak Ridge, Conroe, and Channelview in their prep games and lost all 4 pretty badly. They handled Northbrook with ease in district but their biggest game was a win over eventual playoff bound Nimitz almost costing them their season playing spoiler.
Dekaney started off 2-1 defeating Hastings and Westbrook while taking a big loss to The Woodlands. They also had big wins in district vs Klein, Montgomery, and Klein Forest but it wasn’t enough to sneak them into the playoffs.
The playoff teams:
Nimitz took an early exit from the playoffs after getting blown out 6-72 against Cy Falls. Davis lost a close battle to Cy Creek 32-34 but at the end of the day… it’s a first round loss. Eisenhower got past Cy Fair 36-28 but took a two score loss to Lamar the very next round 17-31.
Meanwhile, Westfield took it to Kingwood 35-14 in the first round and if they wouldn’t have ran into the eventual state finalist Lake Travis (only playoff loss came to No. 1 Katy in D2-6A state finals), then they might have made a state run themselves. They lost a close battle in Brenham 21-28 but did trail throughout the game.
Spring took care of College Park 28-10, then handled Hendickson with ease too 38-14. It looked like they were on their way to another win at Waco ISD vs Rockwall but after surrounding the lead and 29 points in the 4th quarter, their season came to an end.
You can see that the math doesn’t add up here. Somebody from this list will not make another trip into the UIL playoffs in 2016 so it definitely makes for an interesting outlook on how competitive this district can be.