Mission Veterans head football coach David Gilpin took time to talk with us about Realignment, and how he thinks the district will shake up.
Bluffable: What were you initial impressions with the release of UIL Realignment this time around?
DG: It was exactly what we expected for our football district.
Bluffable: With Pioneer moving into the Division 2 ranks of 5A, how does it change the dynamics for the district, but more importantly, the Patriots?
DG: I can appreciate the fact that you are asking about Pioneer since they had the nice playoff run last year, but actually WE are the ones entering 5A D-2. Pioneer was already 5A D-2. I have no issues with them being touted as the team to beat-Eddie Lee and Tristan are definitely great players that are both returning, but we feel that teams will have to account for us as well.
Bluffable: How do you see the district shaping up for the next two years?
DG: It’s definitely a TOUGH district. We have lost a lot of talent the last two years, but we still feel that we are right there as far as wining the district championship. Pioneer will have the most talent and athleticism as they do most years and Eddie Lee is a special player at QB. They will certainly be in the mix. You never count out a Sharyland team with Coach Adame and the tradition that they have built over there. Mercedes is also in the playoffs every year every year, E-E showed signs of a resurgence last year and we all know the history of success that they bring to the table. PSJA SW and PSJA Memorial are both well coached teams that we have had in our district the last two years, Valley View is much improved (see their team from 2 years ago) and Roma has begun to rise again under Coach Villanueva.
Bluffable: What’s your non-district game, and why did you choose them?
DG: Mission and San Benito-two 6A teams that are tough match ups for us. To me, non-district games are about putting your team in challenging situations. We want to play really good football teams in non-district on a yearly basis and we feel we have done so again this year. Mission has been in the playoffs the last two years and Coach Gomez has San Benito paying at an extremely high level year in and year out. While I am a big proponent of playing out of valley teams for non-district, if we can get match ups like this in the valley, then we wil take them.
Bluffable: The playoffs look brutal. You’re playing stiff competition and sizable road trips in playoffs. Did UIL get it right?
DG: Fine with me. It’s the same for everybody,