High School Football: Northmont dropped to Division II
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Northmont football will compete in the Division II playoffs this fall after the Ohio High School Athletic Association released divisional breakdowns and playoff regions Wednesday.
The Thunderbolts, coming off a 5-6 season and a first-round playoff loss to Centerville, were relegated from Division I and placed in Region 8. The second category has their highest adjustment.
Northmont will be in the same region as several Miami Valley League schools, including Pica, Sidney, Stebbins, Troy and Xenia. Edgewood and Cincinnati area schools Winton Woods and King's are also in the area.
The rest of the Greater Western Ohio Conference remains in Division I. Beavercreek, Centerville, Fairmont, Miamisburg, Springfield and Wayne remain in Region 2. Springboro remains in Region 4 along with Cincinnati area schools.
Defending Division VI champion Marion moved back to Local Division VII and Region 28. Kirtland, a team the Flyers beat in last year's finals and met several times in the state playoffs, remains in Division VI. The Flyers own a record 13 state championships.
Troy Christian moved from Division VII to Division VI and Region 24.
Practice begins on July 31 and games begin the week of August 14. The first Friday night of the season is August 18.