When Donald Hubbard arrived in San Augustine in April 2011, he knew the Wolves had a good shot at dropping from Class 2A to Class A in the Feb. 2012 UIL realignment.

“There were 187 kids in the high school, and by the time we had to turn in our (enrollment) number, we turned in 183,” Hubbard said. “So we expected to drop to Class A.”

That’s bad news for East Texas 1A football teams.

San Augustine returns the majority of its starters from a 2A Division II Region III playoff team that went 8-3 in 2011. Quarterback Bobby Tanner and the versatile Ty’Aundra Taylor are set to wreak havoc on opposing defenses in their new classification.

San Augustine’s only losses in the 2011 regular season came to a 12-2 Garrison team and an 8-4 Alto squad, which will be the Wolves’ chief competitor in the new District 10-A Division I.

“We had a really good year last year in all sports. By no means is it going to be easier because some of the best teams in East Texas are in Class A, but we’re going to be competing with schools our own size now,” Hubbard said. “Our kids are excited. We have high expectations for this season.”

Those high expectations are understandable. San Augustine ran the table in its 2A district a year ago, outscoring its five league opponents 205-140. With another year of experience for the San Augustine’s wealth of returning starters, the Wolves appear to be dropping to 1A at exactly the right time.