Local football teams move up divisions for 2019 season

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In this file photo Austin Bails (3) of Triad rushes around the outside during the second week of the 2018 season against Ridgemont. The Cardinals, who played in Division VII last season, moved to Division VI for the 2019 season due to higher enrollment numbers.

(Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)

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With the high school spring sports season wrapping up this weekend with the state baseball championships, the Ohio High School Athletic Association is taking a look at the division break down for this upcoming football season. With the new enrollment numbers announced this week, several local teams will be making the jump to new divisions for the 2019 season.

Divisional assignments are based off of a combination of total enrollment of males in grades nine through 12 and competitive balance based on total teams within a division.

The Triad Cardinals will not only face the 2019 season with a new coach, but also in a new division. The Cardinals will bump up From D VII to D VI due to a large increase from 111 male students to 138 for the upcoming school year. The Cardinals have played in the higher division before, but have been a Division VII school for the past several seasons.

Jonathan Alder will advance to Division III from Division IV. The Pioneers have a 2019 enrollment of more than 270 boys, putting them just into DIII. Their male enrollment numbers last season where at 264.

Staying in the same division this season will be Marysville in Division I where they will have 662 male students, up from 634 last season.

North Union will remain in Division V with 175, which is down from 188 in 2018. The Panthers of Fairbanks will remain in Division VI with 137 boys this season, down 19 from last year.

A full regional breakdown will be released next week along with the state playoff format. The 2019 state championship games will return to the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton Dec. 5-7. 



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