The smaller division will feature schools such as Midwest City, Stillwater, Lawton, Lawton Eisenhower and Muskogee. Many of the teams that have struggled to win games in 6A over the past few seasons will be in Division II.
“The schools that are winning the lower division state championship will love it,” Langford said. “The rest of us will probably feel the same way we feel about it now.”
Despite the dominance of Jenks and Union over the past two decades, several area coaches liked the current format of all 32 teams fighting for one gold ball.
“I just really think it takes something away from class 6A state championship,” Langford said. “Now you just have to be the best of 16 schools. I do not believe a change was needed. The discrepancy between numbers of students from the top to the bottom still has not been addressed. There is still a huge difference between the top of the upper division and the bottom of the upper division.”
The member schools could have voted for a second option that would have kept Class 6A divided into four districts, with two teams from each district advancing to the larger school playoff bracket and two teams from each district advancing to the smaller school playoff bracket.
However, the voters decided to go another way. What wasn’t an option was keeping the system as it had been since the formation of Class 6A: Thirty-two teams comprised of four districts playing for one state championship.
While Southmoore, Norman and Norman North voted for Plan A, Westmoore and Moore voted for Option B.
“Five years from now coaches will see it as a mistake,” Mashburn said. “The problems will change and they will want to go back to the old way of doing it.”
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