SAN ANGELO – The Texas Leadership Public Schools has issued a statement following Midland TLCA withdrawal from district football games.
Marketing Director Jenna Jones has sent the following statement regarding the Midland TLCA forfeiture of games.
The information reads:
Texas Leadership of Midland (TLCA) announced on Tuesday, September 20th, the need to withdraw from Varsity District Football games for the 2022-2023 school year, citing injuries to players and grade impact.
This withdrawal will affect games with Eldorado ISD, Iraan ISD, McCamey ISD, Sterling City ISD, Water Valley ISD, and Wink ISD. All of whom are in Region II, District 5, 2A-2.
District Administration has communicated this information to the District Chari for Region II, Region II, District 5 as well as the University of Interscholastic League (UIL). Some schools have reached out to Texas Leadership and expressed an understanding of the school’s situation. TLCA Midland’s intent is to still play Junior High football and compete in those contests.
“This wasn’t an easy decision, and one that was out of our hands. It’s not something we wanted to do: but we believe the academic futures and health of our students come first,” comments Superintendent Ron Ledbetter. “We will see what the weeks ahead hold, and we hope to still be able to play Varsity games later on in the season. We understand they would be non-district at that point. We believe in this program and hope to continue its development.”
Midland TLCA moved up from six-man to 11-man football this season. According to Texas Football, the Eagles enrollment was 110 and the six-man cut off was 104.5. It was reported that Midland TLCA would forfeit the next four games, all of which are district contests.