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High school football: Class 6A schools vote to split into two divisions for football

CLASS 6A FOOTBALL SPLIT — Class 6A schools in Oklahoma voted 25-5 to split into two 16-team divisions for football starting with the 2014 season.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 11, 2013

/articleid/3782117/1/pictures/2008572">Photo - Norman North's Adim Chukwurah (22) forces a fumble on Jenks' Trey'Vonne Barr'e (5) during the Class 6A Oklahoma state championship football game between Norman North High School and Jenks High School at Boone Pickens Stadium on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Norman North's Adim Chukwurah (22) forces a fumble on Jenks' Trey'Vonne Barr'e (5) during the Class 6A Oklahoma state championship football game between Norman North High School and Jenks High School at Boone Pickens Stadium on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Districts for the 2014-15 seasons will be set late this summer.

The OSSAA's Constitution and Rules Review Committee first recommended the plan that passed in December. The proposal was tabled for further study before being resubmitted with the second proposal early this year and sent out to a vote.

There was no option to keep the current system of the top 32 teams being placed in one class.

The playoffs will begin immediately after the conclusion of the regular season, meaning the championship games for both divisions of 6A will be played on Thanksgiving weekend, a week earlier than they are now.

It was considered whether to give teams a week off following the regular season but Sheakley said that idea was dismissed.

“Those kids need to move on to other activities,” Sheakley said. “There's no reason to delay the playoffs there.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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