SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: New football districts revealed

Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 05:19 PM.

The Florida High School Athletic Association a couple of weeks ago released proposed districts for the 2013 and 2014 football seasons.

If the new districts stand, which they probably will, Crestview will play join Niceville, Navarre and Tate in a new District 1-7A. That’s a far cry from 2002, when the Bulldogs were a Class 3A school — or is it?

In 2002, football had six classes, contrasted to the eight we have today. And that was before the rural Class 1A was introduced prior to the 2011 season.

Crestview has 76 more students today, 1,900, than it did in 2002, 1,824, according to the FHSAA website. That would seem to indicate that the Bulldogs have been caught in the ever-changing numbers game rather than having experienced extreme growth.

Crestview and Baker are the only two schools in Okaloosa County with more students today than in 2002. Baker had 420 students then and 440 now.

Choctawhatchee, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville and Laurel Hill’s student populations have decreased. Laurel Hill has eight fewer students now than 10 years ago. The other schools are down dramatically from 2002.

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