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Adrian coach takes aim at state plan to eliminate 8-man football

Antelope coach Bill Wortman makes a point to a group of players during practice in 2019. (The Enterprise/FILE)

ADRIAN – A proposed new prep football classification being considered by the Oregon School Activities Association may change the decades-old tradition of the 8-man game at schools like Adrian.

The proposal emerged from a Dec. 20 meeting of the OSAA’s Football Ad Hoc Committee. The committee consists of 12 athletic directors, assistant athletic directors and coaches.

The committee’s proposal would have 6A, 5A, 4A and 3A teams continue to play 11-man football.

The remaining 2A and 1A schools would be sorted into three new groups. There would be two new 9-man football divisions while the third group would be the 6-man format.

Adrian would be in a 9 . . .