Some of central Ohio's biggest high school football success stories last fall will find themselves on a new road if they make it back to the postseason in a few months.

Divisional changes

Below is a list of area football teams that are changing divisions for the 2015 and '16 seasons:

TEAM FORMER DIVISION NEW DIVISION Africentric Division VII, Region 25 Division IV, Region 13 Beechcroft Division IV, Region 13 Division II, Region 5 Bexley Division IV, Region 13 Division III, Region 9 Briggs Division III, Region 9 Division II, Region 6 Centennial Division III, Region 9 Division II, Region 5 Columbus East Division V, Region 17 Division III, Region 9 Columbus South Division IV, Region 13 Division II, Region 5 Columbus West Division III, Region 9 Division II, Region 6 Delaware Division I, Region 1 Division II, Region 5 DeSales Division IV, Region 13 Division III, Region 9 Eastmoor Academy Division V, Region 17 Division III, Region 9 Franklin Heights Division II, Region 5 Division II, Region 6 Grove City Christian Division VII, Region 25 Division VII, Region 26 Hamilton Township Division III, Region 9 Division II, Region 5 Hartley Division V, Region 17 Division IV, Region 13 Hilliard Bradley Division II, Region 5 Division II, Region 6 Hilliard Darby Division I, Region 2 Division II, Region 6 Independence Division III, Region 9 Division II, Region 5 Lakewood Division III, Region 9 Division IV, Region 13 Licking Heights Division II, Region 5 Division III, Region 9 Linden-McKinley Division V, Region 17 Division III, Region 9 Marion-Franklin Division IV, Region 13 Division II, Region 5 Mifflin Division II, Region 5 Division I, Region 2 Newark Catholic Division VI, Region 21 Division VII, Region 25 Northland Division II, Region 5 Division I, Region 2 Olentangy Division II, Region 5 Division I, Region 1 Olentangy Orange Division II, Region 5 Division I, Region 1 Thomas Worthington Division II, Region 5 Division I, Region 2 Utica Division IV, Region 13 Division V, Region 17 Walnut Ridge Division III, Region 9 Division II, Region 5 Watterson Division IV, Region 13 Division III, Region 9 Westerville North Division I, Region 2 Division II, Region 5 Westerville South Division I, Region 2 Division II, Region 5 Worthington Christian Division VI, Region 21 Division V, Region 18

Some of central Ohio's biggest high school football success stories last fall will find themselves on a new road if they make it back to the postseason in a few months.

On June 8, the OHSAA announced the divisional alignments for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and there are numerous changes involving area programs.

Olentangy, which made it to a Division II state semifinal last season, is moving from Region 5 to Division I, Region 1, where its main postseason competition will come from northeast Ohio.

Three other area teams also are moving to Division I.

Competing in Region 2 will be Mifflin and Northland from the City League-North Division as well as Thomas Worthington.

The move of the Punchers and Vikings is part of a trend dictated by how the OHSAA now is handling students who attend community schools that do not have prep sports.

OHSAA business rules stipulate that the number of students who attend community or STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) schools must be divided evenly among each member school in districts with multiple high schools.

According to Ohio Department of Education numbers, there are 1,936 boys and 2,091 girls who live in Columbus City Schools but attend a community school.

Dividing that number of boys among the 16 Columbus high schools adds 121 to each school's enrollment.

Because of that, all but Whetstone, which remains in Division II, Region 5, moved up at least one division in football.

The biggest move was made by Africentric, which goes from Division VII, Region 25 to Division IV, Region 13.

Beechcroft, which was the Region 13 runner-up last fall, is moving up to Region 5.

Among the notable moves down will be made by Westerville North and Westerville South, which drop from Region 2 to Region 5, and Delaware, which goes from Region 1 to Region 5.

There are 25 teams from the Central District that will compete in Division II compared to 20 a year ago. Teams from the western portion of central Ohio such as Columbus West, Franklin Heights and Hilliard Bradley have been switched from Region 5 to Region 6.

Division VII also has had a slight change in distribution, with Grove City Christian and Harvest Prep moving from Region 25 to Region 26.

Perennial small-school power Newark Catholic, which was the Division VI state runner-up in 2012 but remained in Division VI in 2013 and 2014 after the addition of a seventh division, drops from Region 21 to Division VII, Region 25.