NORTH FULTON, Ga. — The Georgia High School Association has released its preliminary region assignments for the 2014-16 seasons, with some changes to each of the regions including teams from North Fulton.
Region 6-AAAAAA is scheduled to add two schools, with Northview moving up from AAAAA as expected. Habersham Central, which has played in 7-AAAAAA the past two seasons, is being switched to Region 6, making it a 10-school region, equally divided between North Fulton schools and non-North Fulton schools.
Habersham Central is the lone school from northeast Georgia in the AAAAAA classification and has one of the smallest attendance numbers among AAAAAA schools. The Raiders went 1-19 in football the past two seasons in Region 7, considered the state’s strongest.
If Habersham winds up in Region 6 after the appeals process, the teams in the region would be limited to one non-region game each. Northview, which has played the last two seasons at the AAAAA level, joins Alpharetta, Centennial, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek and four Forsyth schools in the region.
Region 5-AAAAAA, which includes Milton and Roswell, will add a ninth school next season, as Pope moves up from AAAAA. Pope, which has played previously in the largest classification, will be one of the smallest AAAAAA schools in the state.
Cambridge remains in Region 7-AAAAA, which loses Northview, Pope and Osborne to AAAAAA and adds North Atlanta and River Ridge.
North Atlanta played in Region 6 the past two seasons with schools in DeKalb County, while River Ridge moves up from AAAA. The region goes from 11 schools to 10.
Blessed Trinity’s region is undergoing considerable change in Class AAA, with the region shifted from a North Georgia designation to South Georgia. After playing in Region 6, Blessed Trinity will now be in Region 4, with Decatur and Westminster remaining with BT in one of the two sub-regions.
Atlanta public schools Douglass, Therrell and Washington will be in the sub-region with Blessed Trinity, along with Coretta Scott King, a new all-girls high school.
Cedar Grove, McNair and Towers remain in the region but will be in the opposite sub-region along with North Clayton and Atlanta schools Jackson and South Atlanta. St. Pius and Woodward Academy are both moving up to AAAA.
All four Class A private schools from North Fulton will remain in the same sub-region. Mount Pisgah, King’s Ridge, Fellowship Christian and St. Francis will all be in Region 6-A sub-region with Walker and Pinecrest Academy. Pinecrest replaces Whitefield Academy, which moves to Region 5. Pinecrest played the last two seasons in Region 8.
St. Francis will play a region schedule in football for the first time in 2014.
Schools can appeal their region assignments, with the final region alignments to be announced in January.