AHSAA releases football reclassifications

Published 9:15 pm Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Alabama High School Athletic Association released reclassification for 2012-13 and 2013-14 Wednesday.

One area school changed classification while two changed regions and one added a new opponent.

Charles Henderson will make the move to 4A after 27 seasons in 5A.

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The Trojans will be alignment with Alabama Christian, Ashford, Beauregard, Bullock County, Headland, Saint James, and Tallassee in Region 2.

Charles Henderson nearly saw its rivalry with Andalusia renewed but in a late change the ASHAA moved Andalusia to Region 1 and Tallassee from Region 3 to Region 2 with CHHS. The domino effect was due to Pope John Paul II declaring their intent to play at the varsity level in the next reclassification period.

“I think it came out good,” Charles Henderson head coach Hugh Fountain said. “We don’t have a long history with some of those teams but I feel good about the move.”

The Trojans have played Beauregard the past four seasons posting a 1-3 record against the Hornets.

Beauregard played at the 5A level in 2008-09 but have been at 4A for the past two seasons. The Hornets posted a 10-2 mark in 2011 falling in the second round to Jackson.

Charles Henderson has never played Alabama Christian, Headland or Saint James.

Joining the Trojans in 4A Region 2 in Tallassee. CHHS and the Tigers have been region-mates for the past six seasons.

Charles Henderson, for years, has been one of the smallest 5A schools in the state. Now they will, likely, be one of the largest in 4A.

Goshen and Zion Chapel will remain 2A but will move from Region 2 to Region 3.

The Eagles and the Rebels will be joined by old foes Calhoun, Elba, New Brockton, and Highland Home. New to the region are Central-Hayneville, and Luverne, who dropped from 3A.

“It looks like it will be good for eveyone,” Goshen head coach Bart Snyder said. “Luverne will really add quality to the play of the region.”

The Tigers finished 7-4 in 3A Region 2 and have reached the playoffs in 28 consecutive seasons.

Central-Hayneville has not won a football game since 2007.

The region creating the most stir is Class 2A Region 1, which lost J.U. Blacksher (1A) and Cottage Hill (3A) but added perennial powers Sweet Water and Washington County to join Choctow County, Flomaton, Leroy, Millry, Mobile Christian, and Southern Choctaw.

The teams in that region have a current combined record of 58-32 and have a combined 20 state championships.

Pike County’s schedule will remain relatively unchanged other than the swap of Montgomery Catholic for Luverne.