AUGUSTA – The Maine Principle’s Association has announced classification changes for the 2020 high school football season.
The biggest change is to the eight-man football landscape, which will now consist of 26 teams, 16 more teams than last year.
Eight-man football will once again be comprised of a large school division (enrollment of 375 or more) and a small school division (374 and under).
Schools in the large division include: Mt. Ararat (709), Camden Hills (693), Gray-New Gloucester (596), Morse (583), Lake Region (535), MDI (531), Waterville (516), Yarmouth (509), Ellsworth (455), Spruce Mountain (402), Cheverus (394), and Mountain Valley (375).
Small division schools include: *Washington Academy (404), Mount View (374), Maranacook (361), Mattanawcook (341), Orono (338), Houlton (336), Sacopee Valley (310), Dexter (290), Traip (255), Old Orchard Beach (243), Dirigo (219), Boothbay (199), Telstar (199), Stearns (168).
Washington Academy was granted a classification waiver.
Class D (0-419) has been realigned to a statewide class. Freeport (525), John Bapst (465) and Poland (463) all received classification waivers. Teams rounding out the class are Foxcroft (415), Oak Hill (399), Lisbon/St. Dominic’s (357), Bucksport (314), Madison Carrabec (299), and Winthrop/Monmouth/Hall-Dale (267).
The other statewide division is Class A, which stays the same. It consists of Bangor, Lewiston, Thornton Academy, Bonny Eagle, Oxford Hills, Edward Little, Sanford, and Scarborough.
Class B and Class C are the only two classes split into North and South divisions.
Both have minor changes as Hampden Academy has moved from Class B North to C North.
Gardiner has moved from Class B North to C South, the school received a classification waiver as well.
Class C North has shrunk from 11 to nine teams after John Bapst dropped to Class D North and MDI and Waterville moved to eight-man football.