Although it will not be official until January, it looks like Crittenden County football is heading back to Class 2A, a place of great displeasure the last time the Rockets were classified in that division during the 2011 through 2014 seasons.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association is realigning football, something it does every four years, in theory to provide equity in the competitive balance.
Crittenden County’s school enrollment figures show an seven-student increase, which will vault the Rockets from Class A to 2A for the next four years starting in the fall of 2023, if approved at the KHSAA Board of Control meeting on Jan. 18. Enrollment figures used to divide the teams into classes are the average number of boys enrolled as reported on the Kentucky Department of Education second-month report for the 2019-2020 and 2022-2023 school years.
The last time CCHS was in 2A, it suffered some of the worst season records in the past three decades resulting in a cumulative 13-30 mark and four straight first-round exits from the playoffs, including three blowout losses at Owensboro Catholic.
Crittenden has won the Class A First District champion five out of the last six seasons. In 2A, CCHS would be pitted against other First Region teams such as Mayfield, Murray, Fort Campbell, Caldwell County, McLean County, Owensboro Catholic, Hancock County and Metcalfe County. It’s unclear at this time how the districts would be broken down, but Crittenden would most likely join the other far western Kentucky teams.
CCHS had the largest enrollment in Class A over the past four years, but moving to 2A would put it among the bottom five schools based on enrollment figures.