By TOM WILLIAMS
Ocean City High School will probably have a slightly different football schedule over the next two seasons.
According to the proposed division alignment by the West Jersey Football League, the 2018 and 2019 Raiders will be teamed in the same division with Absegami, Bridgeton, Egg Harbor Township, Mainland and Oakcrest.
“We lose some very important players to graduation,” said OCHS coach Kevin Smith, “but I think we can compete with those teams.”
What it amounts to is the removal of Cedar Creek and St. Joseph from the Ocean City schedule and the addition of Bridgeton and EHT.
During 2016 and 2017 the Cape-Atlantic League teams were kept together in their own three divisions. That is not the case in these proposed alignments. For example, St. Augustine Prep is grouped with Cherokee, Lenape, Rancocas Valley, Shawnee and Williamstown. And Cedar Creek is teamed with Camden, Camden Catholic, Delsea, Willingboro and Woodrow Wilson.
The divisions are re-aligned every two years based on enrollment, geography and the recent success of the football programs. These alignments are sent to the schools for their feedback. A final alignment will be confirmed at a later date, plus the crossover games against teams from other divisions. OCHS will play a crossover against Pleasantville and three other teams to be assigned by the WJFL.
Hopefully those Ocean City crossovers will no longer include any four-hour round trips to Princeton Junction.