Friday, April 18, 2014
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The biggest changes have Cheverus, Deering, Portland and Windham moving to Eastern Maine.
The enrollment cutoff was raised in Class A from 850 to 875, which allowed Brunswick, Gorham and Mt. Ararat to move to Class B. Kennebunk also will be in Class B, while South Portland, with an enrollment of 855 and Biddeford (830) petitioned to stay in Class A. Oceanside High (Rockland and Thomaston) wanted to compete in Western Class B. The football committee approved that request.
There will be eight teams in both Class A regions, 11 teams in Western Class B, nine in Eastern Class B, and 10 each in each region of Class C and D.
Other than an away game at Bangor every other year, Drummond doesn't see a lot of added travel for Windham.
"There are three SMAA members joining us in Eastern A," he said.
"I feel four classes will be good for the sport. There has been a lot of work done on this by the committees."
Todd Livingston, the South Portland athletic director and chairman of the football committee, said the next step is for league representatives to devise schedules.
"This has been a four-year process," he said. "Initially there was a little apprehension. It's dramatic to go to four classes. We wanted what was in the best interest of football."
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