The Alvin Yellowjackets and second-year head coach Tim Teykl open their 2020 Football slate at home against the Stratford Spartans on Aug. 28.
Alvin will then travel to Sugar Land’s Mercer Stadium on Sept. 4 to face the Kempner Cougars, while closing their non-district schedule with Pasadena Memorial on Sept. 11. The game will also be the Jackets’ homecoming.
Alvin joins AISD neighbor Shadow Creek in 23-6A along with the Alief schools (Elsik, Hastings, Taylor), Dawson, Pearland and Strake Jesuit (boys’ sports only).
Flipping districts with Brazoswood, the Jackets will be aligned with the Alief schools for the first time ever and also won’t be in a district that features either Clear Creek or Pasadena ISD for the first time since 1994.
Alvin reunites with Pearland, as well, with the Brazoria County foes having last been together in 22-6A in 2016.
All 10 games for Alvin will be played on Friday with 7 p.m. kickoff times.
All home games will be played at AISD Memorial Stadium, as well.
After receiving a bye on Sept. 18, Alvin opens 23-6A play at home with Alief Elsik on Sept. 25. The Jackets’ remaining district opponents include road games at Pearland (Oct. 2), Shadow Creek (Oct. 16) and Strake Jesuit (Oct. 30), while the home slate is rounded out by Hastings (Oct. 9), Dawson (Oct. 23) and Alief Taylor (Nov. 6).
With Covid-19 wiping out all spring workouts for UIL football programs, the Jackets will also have a pair of scrimmage opponents.
The Northbrook Raiders come to AISD Memorial on Aug. 14, while Alvin plays at Oak Ridge on Aug. 21.
Scrimmage time for both contests are 6:30 p.m.
“I’m so excited. We’re going to have one of our own with Shadow Creek back in it,” Tekyl said. “I’m also melancholy, because we’ve leaving some good people (in 24-6A) with Clear Creek ISD. That’s some good folks.
“Those relationships were long lasting. I’m looking at it from a tax payer standpoint. The geography was close. Sometimes change is good. It gets you out of a rut. The Alief schools will be a big challenge, because the only way you can get there is down Highway 6.”
Teykl said he really wasn’t surprised about the first time set-up with Alief.
“If we didn’t stay where we were, I felt we would get pushed west,” he said. “I felt we would get pushed either into Fort Bend or Alief. I know all three coaches from Alief and recruited two of them.
“With Pearland, I coached against Ricky (Tullos) when he was at George Ranch. We had some majestic battles. Dawson with Mike Allison is also going to be fun. We just got to tie up some loose ends to make sure everyone is on the same page. Right now, our schedule is going to parlay into nine Friday night games.”
With Manvel moving back up to Division I in Class 5A, the Mavericks will be essentially replacing Shadow Creek in 10-5A.
The football set-up also includes Angleton, Hightower, Kempner, Milby, Katy Paetow, Richmond Foster, Rosenberg Terry and Wisdom.
Crosby and Dickinson are tentatively slated to be the non-district football foes for Kevin Hall’s squad.
The Mavs will be playing their other team sports like volleyball, basketball, baseball, soccer and softball in 22-5A with that lineup featuring the Baytown schools (Goose Creek Memorial, Lee, Sterling), Friendswood, Galveston Ball, La Porte, Santa Fe and Texas City.
What a great district we got put into,” Hall said. “There are great teams and great coaches. It’s going to be a lot of fun and there are no off weeks. You’re going to have to come to play.
It’s a nine-team district, so you only have two non-district games to get ready, but that’s okay. Everybody is in the same situation.”
Fresh off winning the Class 5A Division I state football championship almost two months ago, Shadow Creek will be competing in its first year of 6A competition in the fall of 2020.
The Sharks’ season opener features a match-up with St. Joseph Prep, a private school from Philadelphia, while Bridgeland and Cypress Woods round out the non-district slate. The Shadow Creek/St. Joseph showdown is also slated to be part of a double header, which includes North Shore and De La Salle (CA).
“It’s nervous any time you move up, but it’s always fun to unfold that packet and see where you land,” SC head football coach Brad Butler said. “We obviously knew that us and Alvin would be tied together.
“To be in there with Pearland, Dawson, the Alief schools and Strake Jesuit, it should be a very competitive district. It will be exciting to see how we stack up in 6A.
"The thing that jumps out to me is Pearland and Dawson being such close proximity to us. It’s instant big crowds and big rivalries. I know both the Alvin and Pearland communities will be excited.”