Cartersville will make the jump to AAAA while Cass will move to AAAAA. The members of each classification are determined based on the enrollment of the school this school year.
“I think we're going to be competitive no matter what region or classification we go into,” Cartersville Athletic Director Darrel Demastus said Wednesday. “We would have liked to stay AAA because we're on the top end of AAA. In AAAA, we’re on the bottom end, so we’re going to be competing with schools who are a whole lot larger than we are.
Cass and Cartersville are two of 49 schools who will be moving to a higher classification.
Cass’ enrollment is 1,555, 162 students over the highest enrollment in AAAA. Cartersville High’s enrollment came in at 1,115, just 28 students away from the highest enrollment in AAA.
“I expected it because I knew last time, when the reclassifications came out two years ago, I knew we were on the really, really high end of AAA,” Demastus said. “I think we only missed AAAA last time by like seven or eight students. And I knew that we had grown a little bit, and when I heard that they were going to include our seniors, I knew that would probably push us over the top.”
Cass’ move to AAAAA may put them in Woodland’s region, although region and area groupings have yet to be determined. Also changing with the reclassification, Cartersville will move out of Adairsville’s region.
Schools will have until Dec. 2 at noon to submit their intent to play at a higher classification. Demastus may consider moving up another classification to AAAAA.
“I would consider it because with the region that we would probably be in, if we went AAAAA, you're looking at being in the region with Cass, Woodland and Allatoona, which are all right around us,” Demastus said. “So you're looking at a whole lot less travel and probably a very good gate. In AAAA, we are probably going to go to the north region. In that region is Ridgeland, which is an hour and a half away, so I think for gate purposes and things like that, we may be better off. There is numbers I would like to look at before we make that final decision.”