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MSHSAA class shifts have big implications for Trojan Football

Photo by Music in the Air Drone Photography

The Trojan football team has caught another tough break after being moved to Class four during the Sept. 8 MSHSAA class and district assignments.

Classes are the different divisions that each high school sport is split up into. In football, these divisions range from class one (the smallest schools) to class six (the largest schools).

The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) assigns classes annually based on the population of Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors from the year prior. For example, Potosi’s class four placement for football is due to the fact that there was a larger than usual population of 514 underclassmen in the 2022-23 school year.

This comes as somewhat of a surprise as the Potosi football program has been class three for over a decade. It is undoubtedly an inconvenient time for the Trojans as they are working through a rebuilding year with a young core. They are currently 0-3 but continue to improve and score slightly more each game.

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Potosi HIgh School Senior, and receiver Landon Sprouse said, “You know, it’s a slightly bigger obstacle but we don’t really let it get into our heads. We all have a new task at hand every week and plan to cross that bridge when we get to the playoffs. At the end of the day, we all have a job to do and we just want to go out and play some good football.”

This class shift has the biggest impact on the end of the Trojans’ season during the district tournament. Because of Potosi’s location, the team will most likely have some stiff competition in this tournament as their district, District 1, includes some formidable football programs such as DeSoto, Hillsboro, Festus, and North County.

Looking forward to this tournament, Head Coach Wyrick said, “We are probably the smallest school in class four in football in the state of Missouri. But you know our kids; They’re fighters and they’re ready for anything.”

The Trojans’ next game is against a skilled Valle Catholic team on Friday, Sept. 15.

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Zeke Sisk
Zeke Sisk, Reporter
Hey! My name is Zeke and I am a member of the class of 2024. I am the vice president of the senior class and a member of Student Ambassadors and FCA. Here at school, I am a basketball, cross country, and track athlete, but when I get home and no one is watching, I am also an avid disc golfer. Outside of school I am heavily involved in my youth group as well as owning an apparel company called "7th Trumpet". I also love listening to music and podcasts, critiquing movies, and ignoring people who ask me about my height.

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