Rather than play a nine-game district schedule, District 1-4A members have decided to break off into two five-team divisions.
Maybe the Democrats and Republicans could learn a thing or two from the District 1 and 2-4A administrators. Meeting Tuesday in Ruston, football coaches and representatives from the 10 schools worked out a compromise that resulted in two five-team districts rather than one mega-district.
There was probably no perfect solution to the problem, but the group appears to have reached an agreement that benefits all 10 schools.
"I think everybody was more pleased with what we came up with today than they were with the original plan," Bastrop coach Adrian Burnette said. "None of the Shreveport schools were represented at the executive committee meeting.
"At the end of the day, it's about money, travel, gates and power points."
Reclassification left District 2 with only three teams — Bastrop, Neville and Franklin. Had the district been left intact, the schools would have been left scrambling to fill eight playing dates.
Last week, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association executive committee placed the three schools in a 10-team football-only district with Evangel, Huntington, Minden, North DeSoto, Northwood, Booker T. Washington and Woodlawn.
The move, which passed by a 10-8 vote, was met with unanimous disapproval from the newly-created District 1-4A. Besides creating traveling hardships, the nine-game district schedule would have forced many of the schools to give up profitable non-league games.
All parties entered Tuesday's meeting sharing some common ground — the 10-team proposal was bad. Nevertheless, the District 2 schools found playing nine district games more favorable than two.
Splitting into two five-team divisions proved to be a simple resolution, while who would be placed in which district was a point of contention. In the end, the divisional makeup was determined by the luck of the draw.
Bastrop, Neville and Franklin Parish will remain together, along with the additions of Minden and Huntington.
"It just happened to fall that way," Burnette said of the draw. "We proposed that Minden and Booker T. Washington be added to our district because they were the two closest schools. Minden was the school that was affected the most because they are the swing guy. The only Shreveport school that was really affected was Huntington."
Evangel, North DeSoto, Northwood, Booker T. Washington and Woodlawn comprise the other division.
Under the new format, Burnette says the Rams will open the season with Wossman.
"We are looking to fill Week 10," said Burnette, adding that he has verbal agreements with three more opponents.
Bastrop, Neville and Franklin Parish will remain in a three-team District 2-4A in all other sports.