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August 15, 2013

OSSAA: No 8-man for Pioneer

Numbers work against PHS; other area schools making moves; Enid set for 6A-2

ENID, Okla. — Pioneer head football coach Kurt Meyers said it would be close. He was right. The Mustangs just missed in their petition to move down to Class B 8-man football starting in 2014 from its current status of Class A 11-man football.

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released its final football classification assignments for the 2014 and 2015 seasons based on the new ADM (Average Daily Membership) numbers Thursday after the OSSAA board ratified the new data.

Pioneer, with an ADM of 141.21, failed to make it as one of the 76 schools approved for 8-man football (Class B and Class C), as Canadian with an ADM of 140.15, was the largest and final school approved for 8-man, meaning Pioneer missed out on moving down to Class B by one student and will continue in Class A at least through 2015.

The Mustangs moved up to 11-man football in 2008, but have not had much success, going 16-34 since their move up and have finished below .500 each season. Pioneer played 8-man from 1988-2006 and won five consecutive Class B titles from 1996-2001.

Pioneer’s ADM of 141.21 still is higher than the ADM of several area schools playing 11-man, including Mooreland (130.72) and Okeene (78.17), which is the smallest school playing 11-man football in the state of Oklahoma.

Other changes brought about by the new ADM numbers include Kremlin-Hillsdale (88.65) and Cherokee (88.60) moving back up to Class B from Class C. Of the 40 schools that will make up Class B in 2014 and 2015, Kremlin-Hillsdale and Cherokee will rank 38 and 39 respectively in terms of ADM.

Cherokee moved down from Class B to Class C  in 2012. The Chiefs won the Class B state title in 2010 with a perfect 14-0 record. They were 12-1 last season and made it to the Class C state semifinals before falling 24-20 to Forgan.

Like Cherokee, Kremlin-Hillsdale moved down from Class B to Class C in 2012. The Broncs broke a 23-game losing streak last season that included going winless in Class B in 2010 and 2011 to finish 2-8 in their first year back in Class C.

Making downward moves for 2014 and 2015 will be Medford, Covington-Douglas and Turpin.

Medford (70.88 ADM) and Covington-Douglas (78.61 ADM) will be going from Class B to Class C. Both schools had moved up to Class B in 2012. Medford went 1-9 last season and Covington-Douglas finished 5-5.

Turpin (97.14 ADM) will move from 11-man Class A to 8-man Class B starting in 2014. The Cardinals have struggled recently, going 1-9 in 2011 and 0-10 last season.

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