ROANOKE, Va. – We are sure to see plenty of big hits and and ankle-breaking moves this football season, but some schools have already made some off-season moves into new districts, and I'm here to get you caught up on all the changes.
So here's a breakdown.
We have what is now known as six "classes" rather than "groups." Each class will have four regions - A,B,C and D.
From there, we have the districts we're all familiar with, but here's where most of the changes occur because we have 11 teams in new districts.
It gets rocky, so follow me here. Starting up north, Mark Poston and the Rockbridge County Wildcats will head back to the Valley District, which they were once a part of years ago.
Alleghany will jump to the Three Rivers District. Also coming with it will be Carroll County and James River. So the Three Rivers will be loaded with seven teams from our area.
With Rockbridge and Alleghany in new places, the Blue Ridge District is left with only five teams.
Eastern Montgomery will move over to the Pioneer District, and the Green Wave of Narrows will come along with it also.
Down south, the Auburn Eagles will move to the Mountain Empire District with both George Wythe and Rural Retreat to make up the seven-team district.
North Cross has moved from the Old Dominion Football Conference to the Virginia Independent Conference.
Now, not only did we have districts realigned but we also had some schools moving to different classes.
Most notable are the Colonels of William Fleming, making the jump to Class 5. So they will face a different level of competition, to say the least.
The Radford Bobcats are also taking a step up, to Class 2 and will have their hands full with opponents like Gretna, Giles and James River.
Got all that? Hope so, because it's shaping up to be an exciting season on the gridiron.