Sapupla v Sand Springs

Sapulpa’s Marcus Esparza (6) carries the ball in a game against Sand Springs on Nov. 1. The Chieftains will play football at the 5A level for the next two years, according to numbers announced Friday by the OSSAA. JOEY JOHNSON/for the Tulsa World


The Bixby and Sapulpa football programs received early Christmas presents Friday when the OSSAA dropped its long-awaited first-quarter ADM numbers.

The numbers will be used to determine football classification for the next two-year realignment.

If the numbers hold, Bixby will remain at the 6A Division II level after months of speculation that the Spartans, who have won four of the first five state titles in the class formed in 2014, would move to the 6A Division I level for the first time.

Bixby remains No. 17 on the list, making it the largest non-6A Division I school. The Spartans’ ADM has grown as expected since May ADM numbers, but Southmoore and Enid, the schools immediately above them on the list, also grew.

Meanwhile, Sapulpa would fall from the 6A Division II level to No. 35 overall and play at the 5A level for the next two years. Based on archival data, Sapulpa has not played at the equivalent level since 1977.

Moving to a lower classification means competing against schools with smaller enrollments.

Schools have 72 hours to dispute any discrepancies on the list. The OSSAA’s Football Advisory Committee was tentatively scheduled to meet early next week to begin work on district realignment plans for each of the state’s nine football classifications.

The next realignment is tentatively scheduled for approval during the OSSAA board of directors’ Jan. 15 meeting.

Two-year football realignments are normally announced in late summer, but 2019 hasn’t been a normal year.

Restructuring within the Oklahoma City Public Schools meant it would be impossible to know the numbers for remaining schools within the district until the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

Those numbers were submitted Sept. 5 and recombined with statewide numbers from the end of 2018-19 to realign districts for baseball and boys and girls soccer for the next two years.

Football is using the 2019-20 first-quarter statistical report from the State Department of Education. OSSAA member schools were required to submit first-quarter ADM numbers on Oct. 1.

Gallery: Class 6A high school football champions since 1992