Mounts headed to Section Three? If approved, Cocalico will remain in Two
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The Review learned Tuesday that a plan is in place for Ephrata’s struggling football program to move to Section Three for the next two seasons, and for Cocalico to remain in Two.
Back in April, the Lancaster-Lebanon League released its male enrollment figures for 2014 and 2015, which prompted several significant changes to the current landscape.
Lancaster Catholic will be dropping from Section One to Two, with CV moving up from Two to One. But the most interesting change locally was the fact that Cocalico, a perennial power in Section Two, would be forced to drop to Section Three with Garden Spot moving up to Two.
Cocalico’s only chance to remain in Section Two would have been by virtue of the Hornberger Rule, which states that a school can remain in its preferred section if it finds a partner willing to make a switch. According to the rule, schools had 10 days after the final vote to find a partner, but no school was interested, and the new re-alignment was passed through.
However recently, with Ephrata on its way to its eighth-straight season with two wins or less and a severe decline in participation, the Mounts had a change of heart, and now the league is in the process of trying to accommodate both Ephrata, as well as Cocalico, in the 11th hour.
According to L-L Chairman Tommy Long, the former Ephrata A.D. who is now at Annville-Cleona, a recent amendment made to the Hornberger Rule could allow the move to take place.
"The amendment (to the Hornberger Rule) was passed at the A.D. meeting, unanimously, giving a one-time allowance for this to happen," Long said Tuesday. "Now, the next step is to get a vote from every school in Section Two and Section Three and see if it’s going to happen. Once all of those votes come back in, as long as the majority of the schools in both Sections Two and Three approve it, it will go to our board for the November meeting."
Cocalico is currently in second place in Section Two behind Manheim Central at 4-1 (8-1 overall) and is ranked fourth in District Three among AAA schools. Ephrata is in last place in Section Two at 0-5 (0-8 overall) and faces Solanco this week before closing the season at Cocalico.
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