Redistricting has led to reclassification for the Olentangy High School football team.
Instead of competing in Division I for the fourth consecutive season, the Braves have dropped to Division II, Region 8 after losing approximately 40 percent of their players to newly opened Olentangy Berlin.
Olentangy’s football enrollment was adjusted to 530 from the original number of 709. The cutoff between Divisions I and II is 619.
According to OHSAA director of communications Tim Stried, the Braves’ reclassification was finalized Sept. 12. Stried said that when a new school opens in a district, the OHSAA must wait until Sept. 10 to obtain enrollment numbers from the Ohio Department of Education.
“In this case, it affected another school in the district,” Stried wrote in an email to ThisWeekSPORTS.com.
Berlin, whose football enrollment is 297, is in Division III, Region 11.
Olentangy Liberty (852) and Olentangy Orange (794) remain in Division I, Region 2.
The last time Olentangy was in Division II, in 2014, it won the Region 5 championship and lost to Cincinnati La Salle 48-13 in a state semifinal.
The Braves are 1-2 entering a Sept. 14 game at Dublin Coffman.
Berlin also takes a 1-2 record into its Sept. 14 game at Delaware.