By Eric F. Epler
The PIAA Board of Directors on Wednesday voted in favor of expanding the high school football playoffs from four to six classifications. By a 26-4 count, the PIAA Board gave a definitive response to a hot-button topic that had twice been dismissed since 2000. Not this time.
Last month, representatives from the PIAA Strategic Planning and Football Steering Committee recommended a rise to six classifications with an even distribution of roughly 96 football teams per classification.
There are currently 576 high school football teams statewide, and every program will have the option to play up. The change will take effect for the 2016-2017 season.