One never really knows what flows through the minds of those University Interscholastic League (UIL) fellows that are responsible for the bi-annual realignment.
And the running joke around Bullard (and Gilmer) is that these UIL guys must have done really bad in geography, judging by the fact that the UIL sent Bullard and Gilmer to practically the outskirts of the Metroplex to join District 5-4A-II for the next two seasons.
“I was surprised to see us (Bullard) in with the schools that are so close to the Dallas area,” Bullard head football coach Shannon Wilson said. “But, I was even more surprised to see Gilmer and Gladewater not in the same district, considering how close they are to each other.”
In addition to Bullard and Gilmer, other District 5-4A-II members include Canton, Emory Rains, Melissa and Nevada Community.
In its pre-season publication that is now on sale, Dave Campbell's Texas Football tabbed Gilmer to finish first in the newly assembled conference standings, with the Cardinals from Melissa second, followed by Wilson's Panthers.
Canton was slotted fourth, followed by the Emory Rains Wildcats and Nevada Community.
Although the Buckeyes lost 25 players to graduation, Gilmer has a history of reloading, not rebuilding, and this year's team appears to be worthy of the hype that it has received this summer.
“Gilmer is Gilmer, regardless of what district they are in,” said Wilson. “But, I think we will line up well with the other teams in the district. I'm looking for it to be a very competitive district.
“We're not looking forward to some of the long bus rides that we will have to make, but other than that, we feel pretty good about things.”
Melissa has 16 lettermen (but, only five starters) returning off of last season's 9-3 club.