This could be the last year of regional champions in high school football after the MIAA member schools voted 161-131 in favor of a new playoff format, which would crown state champions, starting with the 2013 season, according to the Boston Herald.
The plan was previously approved by the MIAA Football Committee and Tournament Management Committee, but needed a vote of approval from the general assembly, which took place Friday morning at Assabet Valley Regional in Marlboro.
After two years of the pilot program, the plan will be reviewed.
Highlights of the plan include:
- Eight teams will make the playoffs in each of the six divisions with a state champion to be crowned at Gillette Stadium.
- The playoffs will start after week eight with a break for Thanksgiving Day games, which will stay the same. Teams could meet in the regular season and in the playoffs.
- There will be new divisions based on North, South, Central and West.
What it means locally:
- Division 1 South - Attleboro
- Division 2 South - Mansfield and King Philip
- Division 3 Southwest - Oliver Ames, Stoughton, Norwood, Walpole, Bishop Feehan
- Division 4 South - Sharon, Canton, Foxborough, Dedham and Norton.
A copy of the MIAA proposal and a full breakdown of divisions are posted in the media galery.