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Which Section VI football teams could be impacted by state's new classifications?

The New York Public High School Athletic Association's Central Committee approved revised classification cutoffs for the 2020 and 2021 football seasons on Tuesday.

The revisions are likely to impact several programs in Section VI.

According to estimates by the New York State Sportswriters Association, West Seneca East will drop from Class A to Class B, Eden/North Collins would move from Class B to Class C, Portville and Silver Creek/Forestville would move from Class C to Class D.

West Seneca East reached the state final last season in Class A.

The estimates were based on projected enrollment figures for the 2020-21 academic year.

Based on 2018 enrollment data, Amherst, Starpoint and the combined Health Sciences/Western New York Maritimes could also be in the range to drop to Class B. All three played in Class A-3 last season.  Burgard could potentially drop to Class C.

The new cutoffs and numbers of teams in each class, according to the NYSPHSAA:

Class AA, 1,205 students or more, 70 schools

Class A, 630-1,204, 86 schools

Class B, 397-629, 87 schools

Class C, 261-396, 80 schools

Class D, 260 and less, 60 schools

The changes will not impact the number of Class AA schools. Class A will have five more schools, Class B will have 11 less schools, Class C will have one less school and Class D will see an increase of 17 schools.

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