The 3A Proposed Football Districts

Here are the 3A ranks and compare the two proposals on the table for football districts. The OSAA has a large job ahead in attempting to figure this all out.

5 District Proposal
Baker BulldogsPopulation 359
Burns HilandersPopulation 164
McLoughling PioneersPopulation 290
Nyssa BulldogsPopulation 158
Ontario TigersPopulation 364
Riverside PiratesPopulation 158
Umatilla VikingsPopulation 211
Vale VikingsPopulation 169
6 District Proposal
Burns HilandersPopulation 164
Nyssa BulldogsPopulation 158
Riverside PiratesPopulation 158
Umatilla VikingsPopulation 211
Vale VikingsPopulation 169

Current League For Football 2021

Baker-4A with a record of 2-3

Burns-3A with a record of 3-1

McLoughlin-4A with a record of 0-3 playing down to 3A

Nyssa-3A with are record of 1-3

Ontario-4A with a record of 0-4

Riverside-3A with a record of 0-4 playing down to 2A

Umatilla-3A with a record of 3-1 playing down to 2A

Vale-3A with a record of 4-1

Here is what we see:

  • Both of these plans are similar to ideas attempted in the past. As previously discussed in our article on the 4A proposals, allowing teams to drop down will diminish the leagues. Under the 6-district proposal, the allowance of Riverside and Umatilla to drop down takes the league down to three teams.
  • The 5-district proposal appears viable on a local level. Even with drop downs, the league would still have the numbers to sustain a season. The issue comes during post season play as eastern Oregon smaller schools (Riverside, Burns, Vale) could possibly meet teams more than double their size (Phoenix-400, Junction City-378, North Marion-393)
  • Travel under both plans is really not an issue. All these teams routinely travel to each other in other sports.
  • The one issue neither plan takes into account is what cannot be measured on paper-the inequity in programs. While football continues to continue as a prominent sport in some schools, other fall sports have taken precedence over time in other schools. (Football in Riverside will continue to struggle while boys’ soccer will continue to grow and be a state powerhouse)
  • Now it is your turn. What did we not mention you think is worth discussing? Which proposal is best for your team and for football in Oregon? Email your suggestions, your complaints, your new plan to [email protected] or contact us on messenger. As this process moves along, we will update the story with your ideas and concerns.