PGDC football team to drop to nine manPLATTE — For the first time in school history, Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian is not playing 11-man football.
By: Brooke Cersosimo, The Daily Republic
PLATTE — For the first time in school history, Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian is not playing 11-man football.
The Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian football team, which was co-oped in 2007, has moved down to Class 9AA from Class 11B. The entire list with each school from all seven classes was released by the South Dakota High School Activities Association Tuesday. Regions have yet to be assigned and will be determined at a later date.
Platte-Geddes Athletic Director Steve Randall said the administration saw the move coming.
“With our enrollment in the next few years, we had a feeling this would happen,” he said.
Football classifications are based off average daily memberships, and ADMs fewer than 112.5 are classified as nine-man teams. Of those schools with ADMs under that mark, the schools are split into thirds for classes 9AA, 9A and 9B.
Randall mentioned the cooperative qualified to be a nine-man football team in past years, but the administration opted to stay up. But with decreasing numbers in the next five years, playing 11-man football next season wasn’t feasible.
For example, in next year’s team, only one player from Dakota Christian returns for the Black Panthers.
The athletic director said his teams will have to continue to work hard despite moving down in classes, mentioning that all other sports will move down from Class A to Class B. Randall said he wants to keep as many Class A teams in his schedule as possible but the football schedule must change due to the major switch.
“I still think the kids have to work hard to attain goals no matter what class you’re in,” Randall said. “I believe that you have to do that to become the best. Then you can earn opportunities to achieve goals that you set each year.”
Black Panthers’ head coach Darren DeNeui said he thinks the move may be a disadvantage to his team.
“We’ve had bigger guys and are used to playing more traditional football,” he said. “We haven’t been cursed in playing against speed in past years, and nine-man football is all about speed and fitness.”
In the first year of Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s football co-op, the Titans are set to play in Class 9AA.
2013-14 proposed SDHSAA
11AAA: Aberdeen Central, Brandon Valley; Rapid City Central; Rapid City Stevens; Sioux Falls Lincoln; Sioux Falls O’Gorman; Sioux Falls Roosevelt; Sioux Falls Washington.
11AA: Brookings; Douglas; Harrisburg; Huron; Mitchell; Pierre; Spearfish; Sturgis Brown; Watertown; Yankton.
11A: Belle Fourche; Chamberlain; Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; Dakota Valley; Dell Rapids; Hot Springs; Lennox; Little Wound; Madison; Milbank Area; Pine Ridge; Sisseton; Tea Area; Todd County; Vermillion; West Central.
11B: Aberdeen Roncalli; Bennett County; Beresford; Bon Homme; Britton-Hecla; Canton; Crow Creek; Custer; Elk Point-Jefferson; Flandreau; Groton Area; Lead-Deadwood; McCook Central/Montrose; Mobridge-Pollock; Parkston; Red Cloud; Redfield/Doland; Sioux Falls Christian; Sioux Valley; St. Francis; St. Thomas More; Tiospa Zina; Tri-Valley; Wagner; Winner.
9AA: Arlington; Baltic; Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan; Clark-Willow Lake; DeSmet; Deubrook; Deuel; Elkton-Lake Benton; Florence-Henry; Freeman; Garretson; Gregory; Hill City; Irene-Wakonda; Kimball/White Lake; Lyman; Marion/Menno; Marty; McLaughlin/Wakpala; Miller; Mount Vernon/Plankinton; Parker; Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian; Stanley County; Webster; White River; Wessington Springs/Woonsocket/Sanborn Central.
9A: Alcester-Hudson; Andes Central; Chester Area; Colome; Corsica/Stickney; Gayville-Volin; Great Plains Lutheran; Hanson; Herreid-Selby Area; Highmore-Harrold; Howard; Ipswich-Edmunds Central; Lemmon; Leola-Frederick; New Underwood; Newell; Northwestern; Philip; Potter County; Rapid City Christian; Sully Buttes; Timber Lake; Tripp-Delmont/Armour; Tri-State; Viborg-Hurley; Warner; Wolsey-Wessington.
9B: Avon; Bison; Canistota; Castlewood; Centerville; Colman/Egan; Dell Rapids St. Mary; Edgemont; Estelline; Eureka-Bowdle; Faith; Faulkton; Hamlin; Harding County; Hitchcock-Tulare; Jones County; Kadoka; Lake Preston; Langford; Lower Brule; Oldham-Ramona-Rutland; Scotland; South Central; Sunshine Bible; Wall; Waubay-Summit; Waverly-South Shore; Wilmont.