The road to a state high school football championship again will end in Arlington.
The University Interscholastic League announced Tuesday that for the second straight year the title games in all conferences will be played at one site, AT&T Stadium. The 12-game championship week runs Dec. 13-20.
It marks the second year that all 11-man and six-man football championship games will be played at the same location. Before last year, the 1A six-man football championship games were at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene.
“Having all football championship games in one location truly makes for an amazing experience for the coaches, athletes and fans, and last year it lead to a Texas high school football attendance record,” said UIL Executive Director Charles Breithaupt. “We are excited to return to AT&T Stadium and continue to improve on a world-class event in the state of Texas.”
The 2014 football state championships will mark the fifth year all games in all conferences will be played at predetermined locations. The UIL has determined the site for the 5A football state championship since 2006.
Because of big changes in the UIL’s biannual realignment, there will be some changes during the championship week.
Class 6A is now the king of Texas, with the largest schools slotted into the Lone Star State’s biggest classification, and six-man schools now play 1A ball.
As in the past with the larger conferences, Division I and II representatives won’t be determined until the playoff field is set in 6A and 5A.
Of the four schools from each 6A and 5A district that make the postseason, school enrollment again sets who plays in Division I (the two schools with the most students) and who plays in Division II (the two schools with lower enrollment).
But in the lower classifications, 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A, the season starts already split into two divisions determined by enrollment, so those squads know from Week 0 what championship game they are playing to reach.
In Galveston County, five teams will play in 6A’s inaugural season — Dickinson, Clear Creek, Clear Falls, Clear Springs and Friendswood. They are in District 24-6A along with Brazoswood, Clear Brook and Clear Lake.
County squads playing in 5A will be Ball High, Texas City and Santa Fe. The trio are in District 23-5A along with a quintet of Fort Bend schools that include Bush, Elkins, Marshall, Ridge Point and Willowridge.
La Marque is competing in 4A Division II in District 10 with Houston schools Jones, Kashmere, Scarborough and Worthing.
Hitchcock this season kicks off in 3A Division I against Altair Rice, Edna, Hempstead, Palacios and Vanderbilt Industrial.
High school football 2014 state championship game schedule
All games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington
• 1A Division II, noon
• 1A Division I, 2 p.m.
• 2A Division II, 10 a.m.
• 2A Division I, 1 p.m.
• 3A Division II, 5 p.m.
• 3A Division I, 8 p.m.
• 4A Division II, noon
• 4A Division I, 4 p.m.
• 5A Division II, 8 p.m.
• 5A Division I, noon
• 6A Division II, 4 p.m.
• 6A Division I, 8 p.m.