Major changes are coming to the MSHSAA football postseason this year with the shuffling of classifications and district assignments.
Among the biggest moves is five-time champion Maryville dropping from Class 3 to a loaded Class 2 District 8 field.
The Spoofhounds will join a district that includes Brookfield, Lawson, Lexington, Trenton, Richmond and reigning Class 2 runner-up and 11-man newcomer St. Joseph Christian.
The Lions moved to 11-man this year after two decades of playing 8-man.
St. Joseph Central will remain in Class 5 District 8 with North Kansas City, Oak Park, Park Hill South and Staley.
In Class 4 District 8, Lafayette will duke it out with the likes of Kearney, Platte County, Smithville and Excelsior Springs.
Benton’s Class 3 District 8 field will include Cameron, Chillicothe, Pembroke Hill and Savannah in the eight-team grouping.
Class 1 District 7 is filled with area teams, including East Buchanan, Maysville, Mid-Buchanan, North Platte, Hamilton, Plattsburg, Polo and West Platte.
Gallatin and Princeton are among the Class 1 District 8 field.
Bishop LeBlond’s drop to 8-man finds the Eagles in District 4 with DeKalb, Mound City, North Andrew, Rock Port, South Holt and East Atchison.
The MSHSAA regular season gets underway Friday, Aug. 30.