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Major changes may be in the offing for county football teams
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After having been split into four classifications --- five, if you include the Big 16 in 4A --- the South Carolina High School League is considering splitting its member football schools into five classifications beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.Every two years, state’s governing bodies divides schools into different regions, based on enrollment figures. The next time regions will be changed comes next spring and, when the proposed football-only conferences will be made known to the schools, there is a good chance that the SCHSL will have a system of five classifications with 40 schools in each.Over the past few years, critics have argued that the current system in which the state hands out seven state championships in four classifications (two each in classes 4A, AA and A along with one champion in AAA) has lessened the accomplishment of winning a state title on the gridiron.Earlier this month, HSL commissioner Jerome Singleton sent member schools a proposal which included the breakdowns of conferences for the five classifications. If passed, the proposed changes will see the three Kershaw County football programs being sent in different directions.Lugoff-Elgin, currently member of the 4A ranks, will take the next step and will be a 5A entry the next time around.For Football, the Demons’ proposed region will be one which spans from the Midlands to the Pee Dee to the Grand Strand.