Desoto County Sports

New classifications begin for high school sports

Mississippi high school sports take on a bit of a new look this fall with the addition of a new 7A classification, the first time Mississippi High School Activities (MHSAA) schools have been divided into seven classes.  

When it was announced, MHSAA officials said the addition of a seventh class was to foster a more competitive balance between schools in a class.

Under the new set up, there will now be 24 schools in 5A, 6A, and 7A, where before there were 32 schools in the old 5A and 6A.  Instead of eight regions (districts), there are now four regions of six teams for football in the top three classifications.

Five of the eight DeSoto County Schools will compete in Class 7A, led by DeSoto Central, the largest school in the state by last year’s grade 9-11 student enrollment at 1,553. Southaven (1,433), Hernando (1,077), Horn Lake (1,036), and Lewisburg (960) are the other 7A schools in DeSoto County.

The Class 6A schools in the county are Olive Branch (849), Center Hill (824), and Lake Cormorant (751). 

For football, here are the regional assignments for the next two seasons affecting DCS schools. Schools are reassigned and reclassified every two years.  

Region 1-7A

  • DeSoto Central
  • Hernando
  • Horn Lake 
  • Lewisburg 
  • Oxford 
  • Southaven

Region 1-6A

  • Center Hill
  • Grenada
  • Lake Cormorant
  • Olive Branch
  • Saltillo
  • South Panola

You can see the complete listing of schools, enrollment numbers, and the classifications they fall into on the MHSAA website.  The website also lists the regional assigments for all sports, including football, which you can see when you CLICK HERE.  

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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