Bastrop, Neville and Franklin Parish were granted their request to be placed in a larger district and then some, Thursday afternoon.
Bastrop will compete in a 10-team, football only mega-district for at least the next two seasons.
Under a proposal passed Thursday at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's executive committee reclassification meeting in Baton Rouge, Districts 1 and 2 were merged.
District 2-4A members Bastrop, Neville and Franklin Parish will join seven Shreveport area schools (Northwood, Woodlawn, Booker T. Washington, Evangel, Huntington, Minden and North DeSoto) in the new league.
When West Ouachita was reclassified to Class 5A, District 2 was left with three teams. Under the original proposal, the remaining three teams would have been tasked with finding eight non-district football games. Finding seven non-district opponents was challenging enough as Bastrop and Neville both had open dates last season.
In what was considered a surprise move, the proposal to merge the two districts passed by a 10-8 vote.
Filling a full 10-game schedule should no longer be an issue, although having only one free date creates a different set of problems.
Bastrop coach Adrian Burnette is hoping to honor a tentative agreement to play Wossman in a home-and-home series. That may no longer be feasible if the Rams' non-district date falls in the latter half of the season while the Wildcats are involved in conference play.
Per Adam Hunsucker of The News Star, Neville has played Ruston continuously since 1931 and Ouachita since 1949. One —if not both — of those streaks will come to an end. Neville has also played former district rival West Monroe sporadically over the years. By being placed in a 10-team district, Neville loses at least two profitable games.
Eight of the 10 teams, excluding Booker T. Washington and Huntington, qualified for the 2018 playoffs. Neville will visit No. 1 seed Edna Karr on Friday night in the semifinals. Perennial power Evangel, which reached the Division I semifinals, is the only select school in the new league.
A state quarterfinalist, the Rams finished the season 9-3.
Bastrop, Franklin Parish and Neville were placed in a three-team district in all other sports.