Some Metro Conference schools may hit the road more often for football games in the next two seasons.
Millard North and Omaha Bryan, for instance, appear to be the only two Metro schools in a district that includes the two westernmost Class A schools, North Platte and Kearney.
Omaha Burke, Omaha Westside and Millard South are forecast to be in a grouping with Grand Island, Fremont, Lincoln Northeast and either one of Class A's expected newcomers, South Sioux City or Columbus.
Class A's new district assignment method puts seven teams in each of four districts based on their Nebraska School Activities Association playoff-point totals for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
The World-Herald calculated the point totals, which became final upon the end of the regular season, for its projection.
The 15 Metro schools expected to be in the state's largest class for football are projected to be redistributed unevenly — four in District 1, two in District 2, six in District 3 and three in District 4.
Three of the six Lincoln schools are expected to be in District 1, two in District 2, none in District 3 and one in District 4. Papillion-La Vista's two schools are in the same district. So are Bellevue's two schools.
The projected district assignments:
District 1: Millard North, Lincoln Southwest, Papillion-La Vista, Lincoln North Star, Papillion-La Vista South, Lincoln High, Omaha Northwest.
District 2: Millard West, Lincoln Southeast, Kearney, Lincoln East, Norfolk, Omaha Bryan, North Platte.
District 3: Omaha North, Omaha Creighton Prep, Omaha Central, Bellevue West, Bellevue East, Omaha South, South Sioux City or Columbus.
District 4: Omaha Burke, Omaha Westside, Millard South, Grand Island, Lincoln Northeast, Fremont, South Sioux City or Columbus.
South Sioux City and Columbus are expected to replace Lincoln Pius X and Omaha Benson in Class A when the new classifications, based on three-grade enrollments, are released later in the school year.
The assignment method is serpentine, with the team with the most points placed in District 1, the second-most in District 2, the third-most in District 3, the fourth- and fifth-most in District 4, etc.
District games must begin by the third week of the season to accommodate the seven-team divisions. Each team will have a non-district game sometime during its district schedule.
Of the 16 playoff teams this season, four will be in District 1, four in District 2, five in District 3 and three in District 4.
Point totals for Class A teams from the 2012 and 2013 seasons:
School: Points 2012-2013—Total
Millard North: 440-375—815
Millard West: 384-393—777
Omaha North: 376-393—769
Omaha Burke: 379-389—768
Omaha Westside: 376-388—764
Omaha Creighton Prep: 384-379—763
Lincoln Southeast: 403-352—755
Lincoln Southwest: 384-362—746
Papillion-La Vista: 362-374—736
Omaha Central: 357-374—731
Millard South: 386-343—729
Grand Island: 345-378—723
Bellevue West: 350-369—719
Lincoln East: 335-373—708
Lincoln North Star: 371-337—708
Papillion-La Vista South: 326-367—693
Bellevue East: 340-350—690
x-Lincoln Pius X: 362-323—685
Lincoln Northeast: 336-326—662
x-Omaha Benson: 302-331—633
Omaha South: 321-307—628
Omaha Bryan: 304-321—625
Lincoln High: 311-313—624
Omaha Northwest: 304-309—613
North Platte: 321-292—613
x—projected to be in Class B for 2014 and 2015; South Sioux City and Columbus expected to be in Class B those years.