OSSAA tweaks high school football classifications

Mike Tupa Pawhuska
Journal-Capital

Bartlesville is staying put in Class 6A-II but several other area schools went down a class in the tentative prep football district classifications released last Friday by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association.

Remaining in Class 2A are Dewey and Nowata.

But, Caney Valley slide down from 2A to Class A.

Coming back to Class A are Pawhuska and Oklahoma Union.

The two smallest Washington County schools — Copan and Wesleyan Christian — each dropped from Class B to Class C.

Meanwhile, Barnsdall has exited the realm of 11-man football to take up residence in the eight-man Class B wars.

Following is a closer look at next year’s grid landscape. The district makeups still have to be finalized.

Bartlesville

The school is ranked seventh out of 16 team, in terms of ADM (1638.01), in 6A-II.

Bixby (1818.64) is the largest school in 6A-II, followed by Deer Creek (1778.8). Capitol Hill (1281.91) ranks No. 16. Midwest City and Sapulpa both dropped to Class 5A.

Bartlesville finished 3-7 this past season, missing out on the playoffs by just a few district points.

District 6A-II-2 will definitely have a different look due to Sapulpa going down to Class 5A.

Dewey

The Doggers came in at No. 4 in ADM (350.14) in Class 2A. Nowata (234.05) resides at No. 55 out of 64 teams.

Dewey finished 7-4 this past season, posting the most regular season wins in 25 years. Nowata posted a 5-6 mark, which included a four-game winning streak in district play.

Caney Valley, Pawhuska, Oklahoma Union

Caney Valley transformed from being one of the small dogs on the block in 2A to becoming one of the largest canines in Class A. The Trojans are No. 2 in ADM (210.95), trailing only Rejoice Christian. Caney Valley finished 0-10 last season but returns almost all its starters.

Pawhuska (201.59) is No. 7 in ADM in Class A. The Huskies blitzed to a 9-1 regular season mark and made a postseason run to the quarterfinals.

Oklahoma Union (180.66) is near the middle of the pack in ADM in Class A. The Cougars assembled an historic campaign that carried them into the playoffs.

Barnsdall

Not only did the Panthers go down to Class B, but also they are well down the list in ADM (111.33) at No. 24. Barnsdall bolted to a 7-3 regular season record in its final season — for the time being — in 11-man football and pushed all the way into the playoff quarterfinals. But, they graduate a large percentage of seniors.

WCS, Copan

Both WCS and Copan will take up residence in Class C. WCS is No. 8 in ADM (76.1), followed by Copan (75.84) in No. 9.

WCS and Copan came up short of playoff seasons in 2019.

Copan has co-opted the past two seasons — in 2018 with WCS and in 2019 with South Coffeyville — due to small numbers of players.