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Dave Morris remembers a prolonged weekend train rides from his years as a football actor during Bangor High School during a 1980s.

“Lewiston was a closest game, and we went as distant as Biddeford and Sanford,” a Rams’ conduct manager said. “I can remember personification Sanford on a Friday night. We were used to it.”

Bangor has revisited those journeys given Maine high propagandize football many recently stretched to 4 classes in 2013. Little is approaching to change for a group underneath sequence changes that are approaching to accept final capitulation by a Maine Principals’ Association during a annual open discussion Thursday.

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The plan, that includes shortening a Class A margin from 14 schools in dual informal groups to one statewide segment of 8 schools, perceived unanimous capitulation from a MPA’s football and sequence committees after a year or some-more of deliberations that during one indicate stretched a state’s largest-school category to as many as 18 teams.

But a enrollment differentials between a largest schools in a state — Thornton Academy of Saco during 1,476 and Lewiston during 1,420 — stirred gainsay among some of a smaller schools in that class, many of that were usually 50 to 60 percent of a distance of their largest peers.

That eventually led to a preference to prune Class A to a 8 largest schools — Thornton Academy, Lewiston, Bangor, Bonny Eagle of Standish, Oxford Hills of South Paris, Edward Little of Auburn, Sanford and Scarborough.

Despite a new on-field struggles, Bangor stands as a state’s third-largest high propagandize with 1,202 students as of Apr 1, 2018.

“A lot of people have asked me about a whole thing and nothing’s unequivocally altered in a mindset. We’ve always been Class A either it’s been called AA or A,” Morris said.

“We wish to play those schools that have a good football program,” he said. “We wish to display ourselves to those programs. We’ve been in that conditions where we’ve been a clever program. We’re only in a position now where we’re holding it one day during a time and rebuilding things.”

Six of final year’s Class A football programs — Cheverus and Deering of Portland, Massabesic of Waterboro, Portland, South Portland, and Windham — all will play in Class B underneath a plan, with Windham in Class B North and a rest in Class B South. Each Class B segment will have 11 teams.

Cheverus, that traditionally has petitioned to play adult in Class A, now has petitioned adult to play in Class B. The private propagandize has an enrollment of 394, that would put it in Class C.

The 8 remaining Class A schools are approaching to play a nine-game regular-season report with games opposite any of their Class A rivals as good as dual crossover games opposite nonconference opponents.

That has led to speak that one of Bangor’s crossover games competence be a renovation of a regular-season adversary with adjacent Brewer. Those schools began personification any other in 1903, nonetheless new matchups have been preseason muster games with Bangor in Class A and Brewer in Class B.

Athletic administrators Steve Vanidestine of Bangor and Dave Utterback of Brewer pronounced schedules for a 2019 football deteriorate have not nonetheless been finalized.

“If we have 9 games we’ll go wherever we have to play,” Morris said. “Obviously we’ll have a satisfactory share of home games though traditionally Bangor is used to personification teams from Lewiston south. we don’t unequivocally have any opinion as distant as who we play or where we travel. We’re only going to control a things we can control.”

Bangor is entrance off a 1-7 deteriorate during Morris’ initial year as a conduct manager in 2018.

“We know high propagandize sports can go in cycles, though we’re unequivocally looking to means a program,” Morris said. “You can regard yourselves with wins and waste in any sport, though we consider if we wish to be a best you’ve got to play a best.”

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