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8/15/2013 9:40:00 PM
Footballers remaining in Class 3A
By Rick Lomenick

One thing's for certain when the 2014 and 2015 seasons roll around in the future, the Perkins-Tryon Demons will remain as a Class 3A football team. What is not known right now is the district opponents and it won't be for another couple of weeks.

Tentative football classifications for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years were released last week by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The classifications are based on the enrollment numbers for the 2012-13 school year. The OSSAA went on to say the new districts will be established at the group's board of directors meeting in October. That's quite a change from the way it's been done before.

In years past, a group of coaches representing all the classifications would meet during the Oklahoma Coaches Association coaches' clinics in late July. Normally, the coaches would decide the district setups for each class and they would receive the OSSAA's approval near the start of the new season. That would enable teams who needed to schedule non-district games to get that done.

Perkins-Tryon head coach Lloyd Wertman feels waiting to release the new district alignments will cause problems since the new season will already be underway. Not only will team representatives need to meet and set district schedules, filling the rest of the spots will become more tricky. He feels coaches will find out in early September of the new alignments. "It's going to be a mad scramble to fill the first three non-district games," Wertman said. He, however, already has twothirds of that done.

P-T will continue to play McLoud during the second week of the season and will add Perry as the final non-district opponent, replacing Verdigris. The problem comes with the opening week as Jones representatives have indicated they wish to drop the Demons. And this isn't the first time this has happened between the two schools.

The Demons and Cushing will remain in Class 3A for the next two seasons according to the numbers. Cushing will be the fifth largest school in the class with an average daily membership of 477.52. P-T is 32nd with an ADM of 372.91.

"I feel us and Cushing should and will remain in the same district since we are so close and it's a great rivalry game," Wertman said. But if they aren't, he's hoping things will work out for both schools to continue playing each other.

Classes 6A through 4A will each have 32 teams based on ADM numbers. Class 6A will be divided into two divisions starting next season. Stillwater will be in Division II and is the 10th largest school with an ADM of 1,423.79.

Guthrie is listed as the 14th largest school in Class 5A with an ADM of 970.34. The makeup of Classes 3A, 2A, and A are different as approximately one-third of the total number of remaining 11-man football playing schools are divided. Classes 3A and 2A will each have 57 schools and Class A will have 58.

Class B will consist of 40 eight-man schools with Agra sitting as the 15th largest with an ADM of 111.96. Coyle and Carney will be in Class C with ADM figures of 81.50 and 59.75, respectively.

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