Under the new University Interscholastic League realignment, Florence will see some big changes in football.
The Buffaloes and current District 13-3A, Division II rivals Lexington and Rogers were shipped north and into Region II to form a five-team 8-3A, Division II with Clifton and Hamilton.
Class 3A Division I is based on enrollment between 335-504 and Division II is from 225-334. With an enrollement of 317, Florence is near the upper end of Divison II.
In terms of football, the Buffaloes have a chance to return to the playoffs as four of the five teams will advance.
Last season ended with Florence finishing fourth in district before losing to Tidehaven in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Rogers went 1-4 in district play last season.
Lexington was the undefeated league champion, was ranked in the top 10 and made it to the regional finals before losing to Boling, which went on to be the state runner-up.
Clifton was part of the current District 11 and made it into the area round of playoffs before being knocked out by Garrison.
Hamilton moved down to Class 2A in the 2014 realignment and has failed to make a playoff appearance in the last four years before returning to 3A on Thursday.
In other sports, Florence remains in a slightly different 25-3A. Comfort and Ingram Moore were replaced with Jarrell and new school Manor New Tech.
DISTRICT 8-3A, DIV. II (football)
DISTRICT 25-3A (other sports)
- Georgetown Gateway*
- Johnson City LBJ
- Lago Vista
- Manor New Tech