Wednesday, 10 April 2019 21:38

MPA releases football reclassification proposal

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AUGUSTA - The Maine Principal's Association has released its final high school football reclassification proposal. 

The biggest changes include two eight-man football divisions and combining Class A North and South into one division. The proposal was approved on Monday by the football committee and the classification committee. 

 

Class A now has eight teams in it, Bangor being the only team from Eastern Maine. The rest of the teams are Lewiston, Thornton Academy, Bonny Eagle, Oxford Hills, Edward Little, Sanford, and Scarborough. 

 

Windham, Portland, Deering, Massabesic, South Portland, and Cheverus all dropped down to Class B which now has 22 teams. 

 

The newly structured class will still have playoffs and a state championship, but will still pose long travel issues for Bangor. The Rams traveled a total of 1,072 miles last year and will most likely cover the same if not more miles this year. 

 

In last year's Class A North Bangor's average distance to travel was 212 miles per opponent. The projected average in next year's version of Class A will be 270 miles per opponent, 58 more miles than last year.

 

 South teams feel the Rams travel pain. 

 

"Bangor unfortunately has to do it a lot and that makes it tough I'm sure very difficult for their athletic administrator very difficult for their kids to have to travel that distance to play those competitive games," Scarborough athletic director, Mike Legage, said.

 

The eight-man football league is split up into two divisions, a large and small school conference. Mt. Ararat, Gray-New Gloucester, Yarmouth, Ellsworth, and Maranacook make up the large division. 

 

Sacopee Valley, Traip Academy, Old Orchard Beach, Telstar, and Boothbay make up the small school conference. 

 

The classification proposal will be voted on at the MPA Spring Conference on Thursday, April 25th. 

 

 

 

 

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