6A and 7A HS Football Conferences to Split in 2016

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- On Wednesday the Arkansas Activities Association approved the split of 6A and 7A schools, separating their football teams into different conferences.

The change passed with a vote of 94 to 40, but won't take place until the 2016 season.

"Anybody's capable of beating anybody on any given day," said North Little Rock assistant coach Jonathan Calvin.

Over the last five years Calvin's Charging Wildcats have made the state 7A semi-finals four times, but that road could get a little tougher now that his team will only be competing against 7A schools.

"We go out and play with the same intensity," Calvin continued. "It doesn't matter who we're playing. Whether it's 5A, 6A we don't make the schedule we just do what we do."

While Calvin isn't too phased by it others could be. Many of them like North Little Rock have been playing in conferences that also include smaller 6A schools. Naturally, the talent pool can vary because of the size and this split will level the playing field.

"It's going to be exciting," Calvin said of the coming change. "We play Cabot, we play Jonesboro, we play West Memphis and you know we kind of know what we're up against, but you always want to see how you stack up against somebody different."

Talent won't be the only thing changing. Many of Arkansas' bigger schools are located near Fort Smith and the Ozarks, making for longer bus rides to games. In turn it could cause more missed class for athletes, but as it stands now Calvin isn't concerning himself with any of that- he's got his sights set on the more immediate future- a championship this year.

"Things that you can control you control, things that you can't you leave alone," he elaborated. "We are working towards War Memorial Stadium in December."


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