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February 7, 2013

Format in Class 6A football will change

OKLAHOMA CITY — Class 6A football soon will change.

How it changes depends on a vote of its member schools after the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a proposal by the OSSAA constitution and rules review committee, involving two separate plans. What’s missing is a “none of the above,” meaning one way or the other, the alignment of the state’s largest classification will be different beginning in 2014. Current district alignments are in a two-year cycle that expires after the 2013 season and the new alignments will be released this summer.

The first plan, similar to a previous proposal rejected by the OSSAA board, will split the 32 Class 6A football teams into two divisions, with the 16 largest schools based on attendance in Division 1 and the smallest 16 in Division 2. Each division would have two eight-team districts, with four teams from each district making the playoffs.

The second plan would keep Class 6A districting as it is, with four eight-team districts. But each district would include four teams from the largest 16 schools in attendance and four from the smallest 16 schools. Two teams from each group of four would make the playoffs, with one eight-team playoff bracket for the largest schools, and another eight-team bracket for the smaller schools.

Both plans would drop a week of the postseason and would in all likelihood split Muskogee from competing with Union and Jenks — winners of every 6A title since 1997 — and Broken Arrow, the state’s largest school with 4,586 students in its average daily membership numbers last revised Aug. 6.

Roughers coach Josh Blankenship wasn’t certain where he stood on the choices. Although superintendent Mike Garde is Muskogee’s voting representative, Blankenship said they have both had discussions since a recommendation came from the coaches in December to “get ahead of an evolving situation” after the previous proposal was rejected.

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