Let the football season begin.
Most Leander ISD schools started up the fall football season officially on Monday with the first practice of the year. Rouse began practice last week after electing not to participate in spring football.
“It’s always great to be back,” Cedar Park head coach Carl Abseck said. “The offseason gets old, and it’s always fun to get practice going again.”
Leander gets the season started on Aug. 30 against Weiss, while Glenn takes on Liberty Hill on Aug. 31. The other four schools face off against each other in Week 1 with Cedar Park meeting Vandegrift and Rouse hosting Vista Ridge.
For its first UIL-sanctioned season, Glenn is in District 14-5A, Division II with Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Elgin, East View, Marble Falls and Weiss.
Leander, Vandegrift and Vista Ridge will form District 13-6A, a nine-team district with all the schools from Round Rock ISD and Hendrickson, which will only give the teams to weeks of the regular season before district play begins.
Class 5A will be split into two divisions based on enrollments for the first time this year. Cedar Park and Rouse are in District 11-5A, Division I with Hutto, Georgetown, Manor, Pflugerville and Connally.
Five teams from the district made the playoffs last year, and Pflugerville — with an enrollment of 2,055 — will be one of the largest Class 5A schools in the state after dropping down from Class 6A.
But that has lessened any expectations.
“Our expectations are high as they are every year,” Rouse head coach Josh Mann said. “We’re expecting to compete for one of those playoff positions and push all our opponents in the district. We’re not going to lower it because kids graduate or staff changes.”