Central petitions to move down to 3A in football

It’s been a rough several years for Central High School football, and now it looks like the Warriors will be moving down a classification to the Class 3A ranks next year.

According to School District 51 Athletic Director Paul Cain, Central has or will petition to the Colorado High School Activities Association, and specifically the Classification and League Organizing Committee, to move down a classification.

Cain said a team can petition to the CLOC to move down a classification if the team has a 25 percent win-loss record over a four-year period. That would be about 10 wins or fewer over four years.

The Warriors are on the verge of a second straight winless season and have only five wins since 2010.

The CLOC will meet Nov. 12 to make final approvals for the 2014 to 2016 school years.

Central had moved from Class 5A to 4A in 2011 based on its enrollment numbers.

“The tradition of the CLOC is if (a school) meets the criterium to play down a classification that they grant it,” Cain said. “We are anticipating that the CLOC will approve the petition at that time.”

A move to Class 3A also would mean a move from the 5A/4A Southwestern Conference to the 3A Western Slope Conference.

Cain said Central has the support of both conferences about the possible move.

The other local school that will find out its fate at the
Nov. 12 meeting is Palisade. Cain said it appears Palisade’s enrollment numbers are over the 1,049-student cap for 3A football teams.

Enrollment numbers are based on an official count from Oct. 1. The CLOC will receive those numbers sometime after the first of November, Cain said.

The enrollment numbers for Palisade likely will push it to the Class 4A ranks in football next season. A CHSAA football committee meets on Dec. 5, and Cain said the committee could look at modifying the numbers.

“The football committee can move numbers a little bit, but I don’t think they ever have before,” Cain said, “and I don’t anticipate them doing so this time.”

If Palisade moves to 4A, it basically will swap places with Central and move into the Southwestern Conference.

Cain said the petition by Central to move down a classification makes sense for a struggling football program.

“It’s just an effort to rebuild a program. Those kids work hard, and it would be nice to see them have some success,” he said.


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