Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

April 23, 2014

East, West to move football classes in proposed realignment

Raiders could move up to 4A, Comets down to 2A

By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor

April 23, 2014 —

East and West Carter could be moving out of Class 3A District 6.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control approved a draft last week of realignment for football.

Under the new proposal, East Carter would move up to Class 4A and play in District 8 with Ashland, Boyd County, Greenup County, Johnson Central and Rowan County. West Carter would potentially move down to Class 2A and play in District 6 with Bath County, Holy Cross (Covington), Lloyd Memorial, Newport and Newport Central Catholic.

From the KHSAA release: The Board approved a draft of the football alignment for the 2015-18 seasons, which was configured after member schools were given the opportunity to declare their desire to “play up” in classification. The draft alignment will be presented to the membership and feedback will be sought through a survey, which will then be presented to the Board of Control during its next scheduled meeting on May 12. Schools are not permitted to sign game contracts for the 2015-18 seasons until the football alignment is finalized, which is expected to take place during the May meeting.

Comets Coach Kevin Brown expressed concern for his program after the Board of Control revealed their new potential district.

“We’re not too happy with it,” Brown said. “"I thought they’d send us to the Eastern part of the state rather than the Northern Part. We’d make at least two trips to Northern Kentucky a year.”

“Financially, it’d be impossible for us to survive in a four-year period."

Brown said his petition to move up in to Class 3A, specifically the proposed fifth District (Russell, Pendleton County, Fleming County and Lewis County) is ready to send to KHSAA.

Raiders Coach Zack Moore had a feeling that his program would be moving up to Class 4A.

“We knew it was coming,” Moore said. “The numbers aren’t going to change. We’re the smallest Class 4A team and now we’re going to have to play in a bigger District.

Moore added: “It’ll be tough. We just have to make sure the players on our team are the maximum number quality athletes so we can compete.”

The current district East and West play in, Class 3A District 6, has plenty of talent as well with Mason County and Russell. So Moore said his team has had to face tough competition each year.

With the proposed change, the Raiders will face the Tomcats and Golden Eagles on a yearly basis.

“I look at what we’ve done the past few years and we’ve played some traditionally talented teams in district we’re in now,” Moore said. “Neither of those teams are doing what Johnson Central is doing right now. They have the luxury of having quite a bit of talent on their roster. We just have to find a way to put our kids in to position to win.”

Moore has kept a close eye on the teams that play in Class 4A District 8. He has gauged how that district has historically panned out over the few years and believes his team can compete.

“There are two programs there, Johnson Central and Ashland, that are ahead of other teams in that district,” Moore said. “Will it be that way in two seasons? I don’t know. We have a talented group of young players Greenup has a good group so you never can tell.”

As for West Carter, the school is technically a 2A classification due to student enrollment. But that is not going to stop the administration to petition to move up to Class 3A.

“If that’s what the state determines what we have to do, then we have some decisions to make,” Brown said. “We will have to decide to play a district schedule or not. That’d mean you’d have a chance to go to playoffs. If we don’t, we’ll have to determine what’s best for our program. If we don’t play in a district, you’d be playing games that have no playoff ramifications.”

Brown did say that if the proposed realignment is approved, East and West Carter would still play a regular season game around the district schedules.