Rams will join Class 2A, District 8 next fall
By Brandon Hurley
The champs are poised to reign over a new district.
The latest round of two-year district alignments were released last week, with Greene County hanging on to Class 2A and joining District 8.
The newest football district pairings pit Greene County as the largest program (enrollment wise) in Class 2A. They’ll be joined in District 8 by a number of new and familiar teams. Kuemper Catholic is back in Class 2A after a two-year drop to Class 1A, joining Des Moines Christian, Roland-Story, Saydel and Southeast Valley.
A few of Greene County’s most recent district foes were relegated to Class 1A, with Red Oak and Shenandoah both dropping down a class after spending the last four years in Greene County’s district.
The Rams have won back-to-back district titles, riding a 13-game district winning streak, dating back to the 2020 season.
The 2023 football season will be the first with a socioeconomic factor added for classifications. Approved this winter by the State Board of Education, the classification adjustment will reduce 40 percent of a school’s free or reduced lunch (FRL) count from their annual enrollment to determine their final classification number.
Class 2A will once again have 32 playoff qualifiers, with automatic berths given to the top four teams in each of the eight districts. No at-large bids will be given. The 8-game regular season which was used last year will once again be in effect, which includes five district games and three non-district matchups. Greene County has won at least one playoff game in each of the last four seasons.
Complete schedules will be released next month.