SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: New football districts revealed

Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 17:19 PM.

Choctaw has 298 fewer students, Fort Walton Beach is down 182 students and Niceville has lost 397 students. But with 1,911 students, Niceville still edged Crestview for bragging rights as the county’s largest school.

In reality, Crestview goes from a six-team District 2-6A to a four-team District 1-7A.

Choctaw and Fort Walton Beach will still be in a watered down District 2-6A along with Mosley.

One might say the announcement of the new districts brought good news and bad news for Baker.

The good news is the Gators remain in an unchanged District 1-1A along with Freeport, Jay and Northview. The bad news is Northview won the 2012 Class 1A championship.

There won’t be any changes or scheduling rearranging for Baker coach Matt Brunson. He can line up the same number non-district games, and might possibly play the same non-district teams.

Bulldog coach Kevin Pettis has a bigger challenge. Now, instead of having five district games locked in that took care of half the schedule, he only has three district games. Pettis will now have to find two additional non-district opponents.



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