Babblin' Brooks - Redistricting

Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Aug 22, 2013 - 8:53:25 AM

This year’s football season has not started, but there is already talk of  next year – more specifically of districts and classifications.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Athletic Association (OSSAA) recently released its football classification numbers for the 2015-16 school years and there could be some big changes on the horizon.
Marlow is well entrenched in Class 3A (ranked No. 43 in size out of 57 teams) , but chances are there will be a new look to their district.
The Oklahoma Football Coaches Association met Monday and came up with recommendations for districts. The OSSAA will finalize districts in its October meeting.
If the OSSAA accepts the recommendation, Marlow will be in the same district as Comanche (moving up from Class 2A), Dickson, Lone Grove, Madill, Plainview, and Sulphur. There will no other teams in Marlow’s current district in the new one.
“It’s fine with me,” Marlow coach Rob Renshaw said. “Really I don’t care, it’s probably where we belong rather than an Oklahoma City district. It really makes no difference to me who we play.”
Two of those schools – Comanche and Sulphur - are on Marlow’s non-district schedule, which means new opponents would have to be found. Three possibilities are Elgin, current district foe Bridge Creek, and Bethany.
 Central High will be faced with a dilemma because they are in the heart of Class A (ranked No. 27 in size out of 57 schools). Not only would the Bronchos be moving to 11-man football from eight-man, but the major problem would be the football field.
Central High has the regulation 80-yard eight-man field. The problem is the field would have to be expanded by 20 yards, but there are buildings at both ends.
“We can’t afford to build a new football field,” Central High principal and athletic director Mark Perry said. “We can’t afford to go on the road every game either. Sports are self sustaining.”
If Central High does go to 11-man football, they will have one advantage – head coach Keith Burton has plenty of experience coaching in 11-man.
Bray-Doyle will be heading down a classification to play in Class B. Just like the other schools in the area, they are near the middle of their classification. Bray-Doyle is No. 22 out of 40 schools in Class B.
I have not heard anything about the possible districts of those two schools.
Regardless of how things come out, the next two years should be interesting.

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