High school football in Rogers County will look a tad different next year.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors met on Wednesday and approved the average daily membership numbers that will classify football schools for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
With approval confirmed, the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association will soon divide the teams into their new respective districts.
Those districts will then be presented and voted upon at the next OSSAA board meeting on Jan. 15.
Changes were made to every class, and Rogers County programs will certainly feel the impact.
One of the biggest changes is Sapulpa moving to Class 5A after spending 28 seasons in the Class 6A ranks.
This is significant because the Chieftains could end up in Claremore’s district. There is an open spot with Skiatook dropping to Class 4A.
Sapulpa has beaten the Zebras each of the last two years by a combined score of 76-31.
Elsewhere, Oologah and Catoosa might find Skiatook in its district, which would certainly make things more interesting in Class 4A.
Verdigris and Inola will remain in Class 3A, but new additions Holland Hall (2A) and Tulsa Central (4A) are sure to increase the competition among districts.
One or both of those schools could end up in a district with the Cardinals and the Longhorns.
After consecutive winless seasons, Sequoyah is making the move down to Class 2A. Cascia Hall, who shared a district with the Eagles for the past two years, joins them in the downgrade.
Sequoyah will be the sixth-largest Class 2A school with an average daily membership of 346.86.
Meanwhile, Chelsea is leaving Class 2A for the first time in more than 30 years with a move to Class A.
The Green Dragons barely made the cut, coming in as the third-largest Class A school with a 208.61 ADM. That is less than a six-student difference from Class 2A’s smallest (and newest) member, Rejoice Christian (214).
Rejoice Christian spent the last six seasons in Class A after climbing from Class B in 2014.
Foyil is staying put in Class B, but the division is adding some heavy hitters with Class C powers Tipton, Pond Creek-Hunter and Southwest Covenant, as well as Class A’s Barnsdall.
Luckily for the Panthers, Barnsdall is the only one of those schools that could possibly be placed in their district.
Regardless of how the districts are decided, high school football will certainly have a new element of excitement come next season.