Cubs football remains in Class 3

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Monett's Michael Branch (No. 30) punished several would-be tacklers last season. He received all-district honors for his efforts. He and the Cubs will remain in Class 3 for the next two years. Jacob Brower jbrower@monett-times.com

Monett now second-largest school in classification

Monett High School received good news on Saturday from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) regarding its football classification and district alignment.

The Cubs, by the slimmest of margins, will remain in Class 3 for the next two-year cycle, as Monett did not rise to Class 4, which some in the district had openly feared.

Monett quarterback Ian Meyer will still be the quarterback of a Class 3 football team when the 2016-2017 season kicks off. Jacob Brower jbrower@monett-times.com

"We're excited to remain in Class 3," said Derek Uhl, Monett football coach. "We would rather be one of the largest Class 3 schools than one of the smallest Class 4 programs. I believe that we can compete very well [in Class 3] and we have the potential for a great season this year."

For football, only schools with enrollments of 200 or less could choose to play in the 8-man division. In 11-man football, the largest 32 schools based on student enrollment in grades 9-12 were classified in Class 6, while the smallest 64 schools are assigned to Class 1. The next-largest 64 schools were then classified in Class 2, the next 64 in Class 3, and the next 64 in Class 4. The remaining schools were assigned to Class 5.

If two schools formed a cooperative partnership, the enrollment of both schools combined are used to determine classification. Beginning in the 2014 season, three schools may co-op in the 8-man class, if the combined enrollment remained under 200.

The classification breakdown for all seven football enrollments is as follows:

* 8-man: 87-165

* Class 1: 109-244

* Class 2: 245-427

* Class 3: 472-727

* Class 4: 732-1314

* Class 5: 1316- 1778

* Class 6: 1779-2803

The Cubs are the second-largest gridiron school in Class 3. Potosi came in No. 1 with an enrollment of 727. Monett checked in with 710 followed by Jennings, 708; Logan-Rogersville, 700; Center, 696; and Sullivan, 694.

Schools are grouped into districts within each classification, based on geographical location.

Monett remains in the Class 3, District 4 pod with Aurora, Cassville, East Newton, Hollister, Mt. Vernon, Reeds Spring and Seneca.

Class 3, District 3 saw some changes, as Mountain Grove and Warsaw both slid down to Class 2. They were replaced by Sullivan and Owensville. Buffalo, Eldon, Logan-Rogersville, Osage, St. James and Springfield Catholic remained. The District 3 winner and District 4 champion meet each year in the quarterfinal round.

Monett is the second-largest Big 8 Conference school. McDonald County leads the way with an enrollment of 1,174 followed by Monett, then Aurora, 636; Cassville, 590; Mt. Vernon, 475; East Newton, 470; Seneca, 442; and Lamar, 384.

One interesting note is that Seneca, despite having an enrollment that would qualify it for Class 2 status, the district will play in Class 3 because 128 districts with lower enrollments filled the Class 1 and 2 blocks.

Per MSHSAA rules, the first-allowable football practice date for 2016 will be on Aug. 1. The first-possible contest date will be Aug. 19.

The Cubs start the season with a rare, regular-season Saturday match up with California on Aug. 20, with kickoff slated for 1 p.m.

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