MOUNT VERNON — The local high school football landscape will be altered significantly after the Ohio High School Athletic Association released its divisional breakdowns and regional alignments for the upcoming school year.
Mount Vernon is staying put, but every other school in Knox County will have a new regional home this fall.
The Yellow Jackets remain comfortably in Division II and will again call Region 7 home. Mount Vernon is one of just eight Region 7 holdovers from a year ago, however, as the region has shifted largely to the northwest and now includes all of the Toledo area’s Division II schools.
The new-look Region 7 includes 12 former Region 6 teams and five Region 8 refugees. All eight of last year’s Region 7 playoff teams have moved to different regions. State runner-up Massillon Washington, Barberton, Wadsworth and Wooster all migrated to Region 6, while Whitehall-Yearling and Walnut Ridge moved to Region 8. Dover and Dresden Tri-Valley dropped to Division III and will compete in Region 9 and Region 11, respectively.
Three of Knox County’s other four teams relocated to Region 22 of Division VI. Centerburg and East Knox were in Region 23 last year, while Fredericktown spent the past two seasons in Division V.
Danville remains in Division VII but moved to Region 25 from Region 27. Region 25 includes the schools in northeast Ohio.
The four Morrow County schools in the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference all changed regions, too. Highland remains in Division IV, but will compete in Region 15 this year instead of Region 14. Region 15 is comprised largely of schools along the I-70 corridor east of Columbus.
Like Centerburg and East Knox, Northmor and Mount Gilead immigrated to Region 22 of Division VI from Region 23. They will be joined by Cardington, which moved up from Division VII.
The high school football season begins the week of Aug. 26.