Bishop Luers announced on Twitter Monday that the football team will move down to Class 2A, as originally announced this spring.
The Knights had moved up to Class 3A for the 2013 season after winning the Class 2A state championship in 2012, and remained there for six seasons due to an increase in enrollment. Bishop Luers was slated to return to 2A in 2019 as the school had not had enough postseason success to remain at 3A and had experienced a recent decline in enrollment, but a rule change approved by the Indiana High School Athletic Association in April lowered the threshold for schools to continue playing up a division due to the "success factor." Both the Snider and Cathedral football teams found that this vote canceled a planned move down a division.
But the IHSAA has clarified that the Knights will move down to Class 2A as planned. They will compete in Sectional 35, which also includes Bluffton, Central Noble, Eastside, Fairfield, Prairie Heights, Whitko and Woodlan.
The confirmation comes just one week before the official first day of football practice. The first games of the season will be played Aug. 23.