SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Three-team districts not a good thing

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 04:32 PM.

The Florida High School Athletic Association released the 2013 and 2014 seasons' finalized football districts.

The biggest change affecting locals schools is the FHSAA granting Navarre's petition to remain in District 2-6A with Choctawhatchee and Fort Walton Beach instead of the newly formed District 1-7A that originally had the Raiders joining Crestview, Niceville and Tate.

Now, District 1-7A will be a three-team district that is home to the Bulldogs, Eagles and Aggies.

Ironically, Mosley petitioned out of District 2-6A, leaving Navarre, Fort Walton Beach and Choctawhatchee to fight it out for the two playoff spots there.

Mosley will play in District 1-5A next season with Arnold, Bay, Gulf Beeze, Catholic, Rutherford and West Florida. Catholic, with 596 students, also petitioned to play in the district.

I'm sure the big reason behind Catholic's decision to play up with schools almost three times its size has to do with geography. The Crusaders were originally slated for District 1-3A, a district where every other team is from the Jacksonville/St. Augustine.

The FHSAA granted 59 petitions, allowing schools to play in a district other than the one they were originally assigned. I don't know how many schools petitioned for a move up or down, but I'm guessing most schools wanted to move down in classifications. Nor do I know how many schools petitioned to move at all.  

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