BCHS Football moves to Class AAA
Increased student enrollment prompts move to Class 3A
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) has confirmed and finalized the high school football realignment beginning with the 2023-24 season. Butler County High School's football program, due to increase in student enrollment, has been moved up in class from Class 2A to Class 3A.
Butler County High School has played varsity football since 1966. BCHS has always been Class 2A except for one brief alignment period from 2007-10. During those four seasons BCHS was Class 3A in high school football.
The new realignment statewide has shaken up the traditional decades of district play. Butler County's new Class 3A district is the following: Butler County, Franklin Simpson, Glasgow, Adair County, and Hart County. In years past Glasgow, Hart & Adair counties have all been on the BCHS schedule. But the Franklin Simpson series and games will be a first-ever.
The former Class 2A district of Butler County, Hancock County, Todd County, McLean County, and Owensboro Catholic has been eliminated. Hancock County and McLean County, in the new realignment, also moved up to Class 3A, but in different districts. In all likelihood, Catholic, Todd, McLean, and Hancock will not be on the 2023 BCHS Bears' football schedule.
BCHS Head Football Coach Brandon Embry will, within weeks, be finalizing the 2023-24 football schedule. High school football contracts are written in two-year cycles. The 2023 schedule will have (6) non-district games, and then four (4) district games of Franklin Simpson, Glasgow, Adair County and Hart County.
The KHSAA sport of football is broken into six (6) classes and has always been based on a school's entire student enrollment in grades 9-12.
Butler County finished the 2022 season with an overall record of 8-3 and were runner-up in their Class 2A district.
Story by Mark Allen, for Beech Tree News