CLEVELAND, Ohio – Starting this season, the Ohio High School Athletic Association reshaped its football landscape, adding a seventh division and altering division placement.
The move was designed to create a more competitive Division I, which had some schools facing playoff opponents twice their size.
Some area schools, such as Glenville, Nordonia, Brecksville-Broadview-Heights and Willoughby South, were among the 24 in Northeast Ohio that dropped from Division I to Division II due to the changes.
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Of the eight teams remaining in Division I, just three of them – St. Edward, Cincinnati Moeller and Austintown-Fitch – have less than 700 boys in grades 9-11. The enrollment cutoff for Division I this year was 608 in grades 9-11.
Of the 32 teams that qualified for the playoffs in Division II, 12 were Division I last season. Of the eight that remain, just two – Glenville (459 boys) and Loveland (553) – dropped from Division I.
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