BRYAN, Texas — The UIL realignment gods were in Bryan's favor this winter, as the Vikings will no longer be in the same district as the Cypress schools and instead will be in a district with mostly central Texas teams.
For starters, Bryan was the smallest 6A team in its old district, and now is in the middle of the pack in its new district with mostly Kileen teams.
That alone helps even the playing field for the Vikings, but its the returning pieces that gives this team confidence it can compete for a playoff spot moving forward.
Bryan returns a handful of key contributors on defense, and The Eagle's high school beat writer Jeff Perkins says the team finally has the pieces to get back to its identity on offense.
"I mean everyone is tough in 6A, that Cypress group was no joke but it gets a little easier in that Central Texas district," Perkins says. "Another team that started a lot of young guys last year. Traditionally they've been very run heavy and I think they have the pieces to keep going with that as well."
Dave Campbell's Texas Football predicts Bryan to finish last in its new district, but don't sleep on the Vikings. Head coach Ross Rogers says there's a lot of young talent coming up through the program, and if that talent can translate to on-field production, this team can make some noise in 2020.