Wildcats football remains in Class 3

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Cassville's Shannon Haney eludes a Mt. Vernon tackler during varsity action last season. He will look to lead the Wildcats deep into the playoffs during the 2016-2017 season. Kyle Troutman editor@cassville-democrat.com

No significant changes for the team or district

Cassville High School received news on Saturday from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) regarding its football classification and district alignment.

The Wildcats, will remain in Class 3 for the next two-year cycle. Not that many in Cassville were worried about changing classes, but some schools, such as Monett, were on the verge of going up to Class 4.

For football, only schools with enrollments of 200 or less could choose to play in the 8-man division. In 11-man football, the largest 32 schools, based on student enrollment in grades 9-12, were classified in Class 6, while the smallest 64 schools are assigned to Class 1. The next-largest 64 schools were then classified in Class 2, the next 64 in Class 3, and the next 64 in Class 4. The remaining schools were assigned to Class 5.

If two schools formed a cooperative partnership, the combined enrollment of both schools are used to determine classification. Beginning in the 2014 season, three schools have been able co-op in the 8-man class, if the combined enrollment remained under 200.

The classification breakdown for all seven football enrollments is as follows:

* 8-man: 87-165

* Class 1: 109-244

* Class 2: 245-427

* Class 3: 472-727

* Class 4: 732-1314

* Class 5: 1316- 1778

* Class 6: 1779-2803

The Cubs are the second-largest gridiron school in Class 3. Potosi came in No. 1 with an enrollment of 727. Monett checked in with 710 followed by Jennings, 708; Logan-Rogersville, 700; Center, 696; and Sullivan, 694. Cassville was credited with an enrollment of 590.

Schools are grouped into districts within each classification, based on geographical location.

Cassville remains in the Class 3, District 4 pod with Aurora, Monett, East Newton, Hollister, Mt. Vernon, Reeds Spring and Seneca.

Class 3, District 3 saw some changes, as Mountain Grove and Warsaw both slid down to Class 2. They were replaced by Sullivan and Owensville. Buffalo, Eldon, Logan-Rogersville, Osage, St. James and Springfield Catholic remained. The District 3 winner and District 4 champion meet each year in the quarterfinal round.

Cassville is one of the larger Big 8 Conference schools. McDonald County leads the way with an enrollment of 1,174 followed by Monett 710, then Aurora, 636; Cassville, 590; Mt. Vernon, 475; East Newton, 470; Seneca, 442; and Lamar, 384.

One interesting note is that Seneca, despite having an enrollment that would qualify it for Class 2 status, will play in Class 3 because 128 districts with lower enrollments filled the Class 1 and 2 blocks.

Per MSHSAA rules, the first-allowable football practice date for 2016 will be on Aug. 1. The first-possible contest date will be Aug. 19.

The Wildcats start the season on Aug. 19 with conference rival Lamar. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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