4-A Schools Say "Bring It On Lobos"

Major shake ups with the UIL's realignment announcement Friday morning. The changes affect how East Texas schools will compete in athletics and academic events like debate, theater and band. The biggest change, the Longview Lobos move from 5-A to class 4-A.

The Longview Lobos have dominated the 5-A division of football for years. Will they now sweep through their new 4-A division?

"That's going to be tough for Pine Tree and Hallsville," said Max Wallis, Hallsville fan.  "It's going to make it a really tough district."

"I think it'll bring everybody together and get everybody pumped up."

Hallsville fans said they're confident the bobcats will remain at the top of their game, both in sports and academics.

"The band competition, I mean, we welcome any competition and I think it steps up our game a little bit to have a little more competition, but we think we're number one," said Lori Alford, Hallsville fan.

Down the road in Marshall, fans are already getting fired up.

"We've kicked their butts before so we should be able to do it again," said Bryan Moore, Marshall alum.

"We loved playing Kilgore too and we're going to miss playing a lot of the other teams too," said Bryant Perkins, Marshall alum.  "We had some rivalries built up there but we have Longview back so that's all that matters."

A district shake-up and old rivalries renewed under the Friday night lights.

"It's going to bring back some of the old-school type football we used to play," said Tyson Cochran, former Marshall football player.  "I think it'll help East Texas as well as both towns, just to reinvigorate the rivalry."

District 13 4-A now includes Hallsville, Longview, Pine Tree, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Sulphur Springs and Texas High.

Courtney Lane, Reporting  clane@kltv.com