If put to music, the Chillicothe High School football Hornets’ district assignment for the 2012 and 2013 seasons probably would fit best with Frank?Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night.” They have not previously faced four of its seven district confederates and hasn’t faced two others since 1997.
Classification and district assignments for prep football district and state playoffs competition the next two school years were posted on the Missouri State High School Activities Association?(MSHSAA) website Saturday morning and disclosed that Chillicothe will be in Class 3 District 6 the next two seasons, under the revised state-playoffs qualification system going into effect this fall.
In the new 8-district, 3-rounds district -playoffs format, CHS’ Hornets will be grouped with Macon and Centralia of the Clarence Cannon?Conference, Boonville and?Fulton of the North Central?Missouri?Conference, with California of mid-Missouri’s Tri-County Conference (there are several Tri-County conferences in the state), Southern Boone of Ashland of the 4-team Mid-Missouri Conference, and with independent Missouri?Military?Academy (MMA) of Mexico.
Chillicothe previously has been grouped for district play with two of the teams in its new district. It spent several years with Boonville in the past decade and was with distant Fulton in 1996-97. In 1997, the Hornets’ first-round opponent in state play was Macon.
CHS never has played the other four on the gridiron. Southern?Boone’s program is only a decade or so old.
“It’s definitely going to be different,” understated CHS head coach Phil?Willard. “…We don’t know much about them. …We’re going to have to do a lot of scouting.”
Centralia?and Macon were Class 2 state powers the last two years. They are the second- (Centrali) and third-smallest (Macon) football schools in Class 3 in enrollment. California is fifth-smallest and Southern Boone is in the bottom one-fourth.
Chillicothe likely is one of a relatively-few schools in the state which won’t face any of its district foes during its 9-game regular season.
The revised playoff system will, following a 9-game regular season, pit the district team with the best “points” total against the one with the lowest, the second-best against seventh-best, and so on for seeded, bracketed play which the higher-finishing teams will host those four first-round games on the Friday after the end of their regular season.
First-round winners will advance along a tournament-type bracket with the winner of the No. 1 seed vs.?No. 8 seed first-round game facing the No. 4 vs. No. 5 winner and the Nos. 2-7 and Nos. 3-6 winners also clashing in the semifinals at the higher-seeded advancer’s field. The district championship game will be played at the highest-seeded survivor.