DEXTER – Last week, the Maine Principal’s Association released its football classification for 2020, it looks drastically different.
The new look landscape will feature 26 eight-man football teams, one of the newest schools to go eight-man is Dexter.
Tigers head coach, Andrew Shorey, said discussions about switching to eight-man football started in the late winter months, but once other teams in Class D North announced their decisions to switch to eight-man, Dexter was the next domino to fall.
Shorey also added a future dip in numbers was another big reason for the move. As for his current players, Shorey said it took some time for them to get used to what is now reality.
“We met with our upperclassmen pretty early on in the process just to feel it out. It was mixed reactions but as we started to talk about it more they understood it and actually started to get excited about it,” Shorey said.
Dexter will be in the eight-man small school division which consists of several schools its used to playing such as Washington Academy, Mattanawcook and Orono among others.
But, it will also potentially play teams it otherwise would never see such as Old Orchard Beach, Telstar and Traip.
“It is exciting to maybe create some new rivalries. The good thing is we are playing a lot of the same teams but some of our crossovers are a little bit different. I think the schedule is almost final, it should be fun,” Shorey said.