The new Class 6A football sections set to begin for the 2012 season have been released, according to the Minnesota State High School League’s (MSHSL) website.
And for Roseville High School, the new alignment means “it will continue to be very competitive,” said Scott Allen, the school’s activities director.
The MSHSL announced this spring that it would expand to a six-class, 11-man football playoff system beginning in 2012. The expansion called for a 32-team Class 6A tournament, which will be broken into four, eight-team sections: Section 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Section 4AAAAAA will include Roseville Area, Stillwater Area, Woodbury, White Bear Lake, North High (North St. Paul), Mounds View, Forest Lake and Cretin-Derham Hall. The eight teams will compete in section play, with one team advancing to the new four-team Class 6A state tournament.
“We’re going in with the big schools,” Allen said. “It will be a grind.” Roseville’s football squad posted a 3-6 record for the 2010 season,
Section 6AAAAAA will be a powerhouse section, with three teams—Eden Prairie, Minnetonka and Wayzata—winning six of the past seven Class 5A state titles. Cretin-Derham Hall is the lone team to win the state title in that span, which happened in 2009.
For the 2011 football season, Roseville will be in an eigh-team Section2AAAAA with, among others, Totino-Grace and Irondale, Allen said.