SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Three-team districts not a good thing

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

The number of schools that had their petition granted surprised me. If my count is correct, there are 561 football-playing schools in the state, so one out of 10 were allowed to move to the district of their choice.

With the new districts in place, coaches can start the upcoming season's scheduling process.

That's where things get tricky.

For the last two seasons, the old District 2-6A comprised six teams, solving half the scheduling problems for any team. With the three-team districts now in place, teams will scramble to pick up the eight games needed to round out the schedule.

The solution should be easy. Crestview and Niceville can continue to play Navarre, Fort Walton Beach and Choctaw, but that leaves five games to fill that are non-district games. It seems that games with teams from Pensacola, Panama City or Tallahassee will be at a premium, or maybe some games with teams from South Alabama will be in order.

It will be interesting to see what local coaches can do with the schedule to ensure fans get a full slate of games and the school benefits from the 10-game season's financial aspects.

I can tell you with some certainty that Crestview's two district games will be at home against Tate and on the road at Niceville. Niceville also will travel to Tate and the Aggies will be at home against the Eagles and will play the Bulldogs at Jack Foster Stadium.

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