Realignment Moves Seneca Valley, Damascus, and Poolesville to 2A & Creates a Powerhouse 2A West
After two straight seasons of missing the postseason by two-tenths of a point, one might think that the move to a division populated by smaller schools would help Seneca Valley’s chances of making the postseason. Think again. Seneca Valley’s new home in the 2A West region is a region like no other before. It may be the toughest high school football division ever in the State of Maryland.
On Wednesday, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association released the new alignment of schools for the 2017 season. While it is not-unexpected that Seneca Valley, Damascus, and Poolesville would move to 2A, the schools 1,100 enrollment fits with that division. What was unexpected were the other schools which have also been placed in the same division.
While the new 4A West looks very much the same as it did last year with Northwest, Quince Orchard, and Richard Montgomery remaining the big dogs, but recent power Montgomery Blair and cellar-dweller Northwood both moving to the 4A North, and Wheaton moving up from 3A. The region also includes Clarksburg, Einstein, Whitman, Wootton, Walter Johnson, Gaithersburg, Bethesda Chevy-Chase, Churchill, and Kennedy.
The new 3A West region, however, is made up of 11 teams, three from Montgomery County (Seneca Valley, Damascus, and Poolesville), three from Frederick County (Oakdale, Walkersville, and Middletown), four from Carroll County (Liberty, Century, South Carroll, and Winters Mill), and one from Washington County (Williamsport).