Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Waskom's Whitney Keeling surprised by 2018 realignment

By Nathan Hague
Feb. 10, 2018 at 11:04 a.m.

Waskom athletic director and head football coach Whitney Keeling was surprised when he saw what district his Wildcats will be part of for the next two years.

"None of them had us projected to go north," Keeling said. "All of them had us going east and west. So no, I never dreamed we would go that way. Waskom has never played Daingerfield before so that'll be a good thing for us to play someone we've never played."

The Wildcats will be part of District 11-3A Division II in football along with Elysian Fields, Daingerfield, De Kalb, New Diana, Paul Pewitt, Ore City and Queen City.

"It'll be a really competitive district," Keeling added. "The only negative thing will be the travel for us and EF probably to De Kalb and Paul Pewitt but the UIL puts you somewhere and you have to battle for those two years. I think it'll be really competitive. That district is pretty much the same other than adding us and EF and it was really competitive last year. It'll be a battle for sure."

Keeling said he scheduled a tough non-district schedule to help prepare the Wildcats for districts.

The Wildcats will open up the season against Redwater before playing West Rusk and then Hughes Springs.

"Those are three good teams for sure," Keeling said. "We did that on purpose. They're all Division I teams so enrollment will be bigger than us and we'll have three really good games."

In other sports, the Wildcats will be part of District 15-3A along with Elysian Fields, Jefferson, Daingerfield, New Diana, Hughes Springs, Ore City and Tatum.



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