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July 27, 2013

It’s hot, it’s July, and it’s football time

(Continued)

Early starts

Plainsmen prep football fans will notice a change in home kickoff times to 7 p.m.

Traditionally, high school football has kicked off at 7:30 p.m., which was fine in the age of grind-it-out football where games were done in about 21⁄2 hours. However, with today’s pass-happy offenses, games frequently go beyond three hours, making for late night affairs.

Enid joins a growing list of 6A schools that are moving their games to 7 p.m. starts, something that also is a bit more media friendly, allowing newspapers to get the games in with a little time to spare at deadline.

ADM

Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) posted the new Average Daily Membership (ADM) numbers for 2014 on its website Thursday and it should catch the attention of Enid football fans.

EHS moved up from 19th overall in ADM in 6A to 18th for 2014, increasing from 1,678.19 to 1,730.11, surpassing Bartlesville. But what is really eye-catching is Enid’s increase of 51.92 was not only among one of the larger jumps, it pulled them to within 3.55 of catching No. 16 Putnam City (1,733.66), which gained only 1.71 over its 2013 number.

Why is that significant? With 6A set to split into two divisions starting in 2014, it means Enid is perilously close to moving into the top 16 and back into Division 1 after moving to the newly created Division II in 2014.

With a similar increase in ADM for 2015 it would most assuredly guarantee the Plainsmen will be in Division I and back to competing for a state title against the likes of ADM behemoths Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow, Owasso and Jenks.

Projections from Enid Public Schools officials indicate future jumps in ADM for Enid are very likely, meaning if the Plainsmen want to make a move in the playoffs, they may want to take on the mantra of Larry The Cable Guy and “get ‘er done” by 2014.

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