Granada Football to Play 6-Man in 2018-19

 In Ark Valley Sports

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On Thursday evening, the Granada School Board made a decision that will impact their football program starting next fall. When the new CHSAA 2-year cycle of 2018-2019 begins, the Bobcat football team will play in the 6-man classification.

For several years, Granada has played up to the 8-man classification when their numbers allowed them to play 6-man. Here in the 2016-17 cycle, Granada’s enrollment was 65. In this current cycle, schools with enrollments of 75 or less were permitted to play 6-man, but if any of those schools wished to play up, they could, and that is what Granada has done over time. Schools that play 8-man fit within an enrollment ranging from 76 to 135.

Not only has Granada played up to 8-man, for a significant period of time the Bobcats have been highly successful with recent runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2014. The program has won three state championships in football, the most recent was an 8-man title in 2006, where Granada bested Stratton 47-46 in triple overtime.

With concerns regarding participation numbers over the next couple of years, the Granada School Board made the decision to play 6-man at least for the next two years. Friday morning, KLMR Sports Director Ethan Denton and Program Director Ty Harmon, who also serves as the school board president at Granada, discussed the decision on “Anything Goes”.

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