Latest AHSAA classification shakes things up for county teams

Published 4:10 pm Thursday, November 30, 2017

The AHSAA released its newly devised classifications that will be in place for each sport over the next couple of years.

The biggest news from the 2018-20 realignment is that Chilton County High School dropped from Class 6A to Class 5A.

On paper it should make a difference for Chilton County, which went from being among the lowest enrollments in Class 6A to the highest enrollment in Class 5A.

The Tigers will join county rival Jemison in Region 3-5A, as well as the likes of Demopolis, Bibb County, Marbury, Shelby County and Central Tuscaloosa.

In the case of Jemison, very little change as the Panthers played each of its new region opponents at some point during the 2017 season.

Another county rivalry that will be guaranteed to continue for the next two years is Maplesville and Isabella.

The two teams will once again battle for the Region 3-1A title, but will face different opposition along the way.

The additions of Linden along with Keith and Francis Marion, dropping down from Class 2A, will make it a very crowded eight-team region.

Verbena and Billingsley remain in the same region, but will now be in Class 1A instead of Class 2A.

They will face tough region tests against known commodities in Wadley and Lanett, both of which are undefeated and have reached the semifinals of its respective classes. Lanett will be taking a step back in classification.

Thorsby will be part of a new-look Region 4-2A, as it will be the only team left from that region the past two years.

The Rebels will be surrounded by an entirely different crop of teams that will include Fayetteville, Horseshoe Bend, LaFayette, Reeltown, Central Coosa and Vincent.

Regions will vary in size, depending on the sport. The following region make-ups are for football only.

For more details about the recent re-alignments of each sport, visit