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Published April 08 2011

High school football: MN approves seventh class

FARGO – By creating another class for football in Minnesota, it could result in schools like Moorhead having a better chance at winning a state championship.

The Minnesota State High School League on Thursday approved a seventh class for football that will go into effect in 2012. So far there are 32 schools – 10 percent of the schools that play football – that will compete in the new class with the potential that number could grow by the time the 2012 football season starts.

“For the smaller 5A schools, this is a great thing for them because they don’t have to run up against the schools like Wayzata or Eden Prairie,” said MSHSL spokesman John Millea.

“The rationale in these classes is you don’t want schools with such a large enrollment gap in the same classes.”

Millea said Brainerd is the only non-Cities school that will play Class 6A football. That could favor Moorhead, which lost to Brainerd in the 2010 Section 8 finals. Brainerd’s enrollment is 1,797 students compared to Moorhead’s 1,454.

Creating a 6A class will not have an effect on smaller schools, Millea said.

When the class begins play, it will have one fewer round compared to the other six classes.

“Because of what I’ve heard on Twitter and Facebook, anytime a sport adds a class, people who don’t know what it is about start screaming,” Millea said. “This is what the football coaches wanted and the administrators like this too.”


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