Rhode Island Interscholastic League realigns high school football divisions

Rhode Island Interscholastic League realignment

Bishop Hendricken, a private school in Warwick, has won six straight Rhode Island Division I high school football championships and now state officials are making some changes to their divisional line-up in hopes of giving public schools a chance to win a title.   Four of the last six Division I title games have featured fellow private schools Bishop Hendricken and LaSalle Academy clashing for the state crown.

In an attempt to gets the publics into the mix, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League has realigned football by expanding the state largest division from nine to fourteen teams.  In addition, the RIIL created sub-divisions within Division I with Bishop Hendricken and La Salle in opposite divisions (see below).  The top four teams in each Division I sub-division will advance to the state playoffs.  The winners of the state semifinals will play in the Division I Super Bowl, while the losers will play in another Super Bowl.

In all, there will be four Super Bowls in 2016.  Divisions II and II also have sub-divisions now with the top four teams advancing to the postseason, however, unlike Division I, the state’s two lower divisions will only crown one overall champ.  The RIIL eliminated the Division IV Super Bowl.

Here’s how the new realignment looks:

Division 1A:

Bishop Hendricken High School

Cranston High School West

East Providence High School

Portsmouth High School

South Kingstown High School

St. Raphael Academy

Woonsocket High School

Division 1B:

Barrington High School

Central High School

Cranston High School East

Cumberland High School

La Salle Academy

Rogers High School

Tolman High School

Division 2A:

East Greenwich High School

Johnston High School

Moses Brown

Mt. Pleasant High School

Pilgrim High School

West Warwick High School

Westerly High School

Division 2B:

Chariho High School

Classical High School

Coventry High School

Middletown High School

Mt. Hope High School

North Kingstown High School

Shea High School

Division 3A:

Exeter/West Greenwich High School

Juanita Sanchez/PCD/Wheeler

Lincoln High School

Narragansett High School

N. Smithfield/Mt. St. Charles Co-op

Ponaganset High School

Smithfield High School

Division 3B:

Burrillville High School

Central Falls High School

Hope High School

North Providence High School

Scituate High School

Tiverton High School

Toll Gate High School

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