The 16 football programs of the future Class 6A Division I came together Thursday morning with a few key goals in deciding the two eight-team districts that will begin play a year from now.
Find an equitable balance of power.
Maintain traditional nondistrict rivalries.
As much as anyone could have hoped, the group was 3-for-3.
The districts broke down with two of the four Tulsa-area programs and six schools from the Oklahoma City metro in each district for the 2014-15 season.
One district will consist of Jenks, Broken Arrow, Norman, Yukon, Edmond Santa Fe, Edmond Memorial, Putnam City and Westmoore, with Tulsa Union, Owasso, Edmond North, Putnam City North, Norman North, Mustang, Southmoore and Moore in the other district.
“I thought it was as equitable as it could be,” Jenks coach Allan Trimble said. “If you're looking at it from a power ranking perspective, I thought the Oklahoma City area teams were divided well. Travel, to me, is even. Everybody's got to travel a little bit more, but it sounds like there's a pretty strong commitment to play their junior-varsity schedules, which is important.
“From what the dilemma was, I think it's been planned out about as good as we could make it.”
The district splits allow for traditional early season rivalry games like Jenks-Union, the Moore War, Norman's Crosstown Clash, Edlam and Yukon Mustang to remain during the nondistrict schedule.
“We worked really hard to have the balance of power, the geographics and natural rivalries maintained,” Yukon athletic director David Fisher said. “For instance, with us, we wanted to be able to keep Yukon-Mustang as a Week 1 game.