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Tribe Football to Play Six Conference Games Under New Conference Alignment
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent
2016-04-13

        Upper Perkiomen's 2016 football team will open its 10-game season with four non-league games before beginning its Pioneer Athletic Conference portion at home against Phoenixville on Sept. 23.

        The Indians, as a member of the conference's Frontier Division, will play their final six games against PAC-10 opponents, according to Athletic Director Steve Perlstein.

        According to Perlstein, the five-game stretch against division opponents – which also includes Upper Merion, Pottsgrove, Pope John Paul II and Pottstown – will be followed with a game against an opponent from the Liberty Division.

        Similar to other sports, Upper Perkiomen's football team will be in the same division as schools with similar enrollment figures. According to Perlstein, the Indians – with a male enrollment of 358 students – will compete in the Class AAAA in 2016 and 2017 as part of the PIAA's new six-class alignment.

        The addition of Cocalico, Upper Moreland and Kutztown, each with enrollments similar to Upper Perkiomen, to the 2016 schedule were intended to create competitive balance and parity within the schedule, according to the administrator.

        "The alignment of divisions and the reduction of crossover divisional play to some degree will neutralize the competitive advantage the much larger schools in the conference have shared for many years," Perlstein wrote in an email.

        The team will play one scrimmage against Wilson, from the Lehigh Valley, on Aug. 20 before opening its season in a non-league game against Boyertown on Aug. 26.

        The decision by District One and PIAA officials to start the post- season one week earlier led to the schedule adjustment, according to the athletic director.

        He said the conference schools had two options: play two scrimmages and nine games or play one scrimmage and 10 games. They voted in favor of the latter.

        With the addition of Norristown and Upper Merion to the conference in the fall, officials voted to shift to divisions for football similar to those currently utilized for soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and basketball, according to Perlstein.

        Norristown has been assigned to the Liberty Division with Boyertown, Spring-Ford, Methacton, Perkiomen Valley and Owen J. Roberts.

        Upper Perkiomen's season opener against Boyertown is considered a non-league game since it was mutually scheduled, according to Perlstein.

        The team's season finale – a crossover game against an opponent from the Liberty Division – will be determined by its performance.

        For example, the team with the best record in the Frontier Division will take on the top team from the Liberty Division. Additionally, all 12 teams will be matched up similarly based on their standing in their respective division, according to Perlstein.

        The conference's expansion committee, of which Perlstein is a member, is continually exploring expansion opportunities with schools that would benefit our league both competitively and geographically.

        "League and divisional alignments will be determined in a manner which maintains the integrity of the newly created league format," he wrote.


 

 

 

 

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