Here is a breakdown of what the high school football landscape could look like in District 3 if the PIAA remains with four classifications.
There are two possibilities under this format: the standard four classes and four classes with a 10-percent rule. The PIAA is using current enrollment figures in its examples. Schools are ordered by enrollment. The highest and lowest boys' enrollment for each class, plus those for YAIAA schools, are listed in parenthesis.
FOUR CLASSESClass AAAA: Reading (2,138 enrollment), J.P. McCaskey, Chambersburg, Cumberland Valley, Hempfield, Harrisburg, Central Dauphin, Red Lion (807), William Penn (764), Wilson, Manheim Township, Penn Manor, Dallastown (694), Exeter, Central York (673), Warwick, Central Dauphin East, Cedar Crest, York County Tech (600), Carlisle, Conestoga Valley, Cedar Cliff, Governor Mifflin, Elizabethtown, Lebanon, Ephrata, Waynesboro (501).
Number of schools: 27, which ranks second in state. District 1 has most with 44 schools.
Class AAA: Fleetwood (606 - with 250 co-op enrollment), Lower Dauphin, South Western (499), New Oxford (490), Mechanicsburg, Muhlenberg, Hershey, Solanco, Lancaster Catholic, Garden Spot, Red Land, Daniel Boone, Northern York, Spring Grove (436), Northeastern (429), Shippensburg, Greencastle-Antrim, Twin Valley, Dover, Cocalico, Kutztown, Manheim Central, Lampeter-Strasburg, Palmyra, West York (367), James Buchanan, Big Spring, Gettysburg (358), Conrad Weiser, West Perry, York Suburban (356), Donegal, East Pennsboro, Susquehannock (350), Susquehanna Township, ELCO, Milton Hershey, Kennard-Dale (336), Northern Lebanon, Eastern York (306), Bishop McDevitt (303).
Number of schools: 41, which ranks first in state. District 7 is second with 25 schools.
Class AA: Middletown (300), Hamburg, Bermudian Springs (286), Littlestown (281), Wyomissing, Boiling Springs, Berks Catholic, Annville-Cleona, Pequea Valley, Schuylkill Valley, Trinity, Susquenita, Newport, Biglerville (215), Hanover (200).
Number of schools: 15, which ranks third in state. District 7 has most with 38 schools.
Class A: Upper Dauphin (172), Delone Catholic (166), Columbia, Fairfield (162), Camp Hill, York Catholic (151), Steel-High, Halifax, Millersburg (117), Carson Long Military Academy (50 - note, school is not fielding football team in 2015).
Number of schools: 10, which ranks sixth in state. District 7 has most with 35 schools.
FOUR CLASSES (with 10-percent rule)Class AAAA: Reading (1,753), J.P. McCaskey, Cumberland Valley, Hempfield, Chambersburg, Wilson, Manheim Township, Central Dauphin, Penn Manor, Dallastown (661), Central York (654), Harrisburg, Red Lion (649), Cedar Crest, Warwick, Exeter, York County Tech (588), Conestoga Valley, Carlisle, Cedar Cliff, Central Dauphin East, Governor Mifflin, Lebanon, Muhlenberg, Ephrata, Elizabethtown, New Oxford (468)
Number of schools: 27, which ranks second in state. District 1 has most with 47 schools.
Class AAA: South Western (465), Fleetwood, Mechanicsburg, Hershey, Solanco, Lower Dauphin, Waynesboro, Red Land, Daniel Boone, Northeastern (429), Spring Grove (401), Garden Spot, Northern York, Greencastle-Antrim, Cocalico, Twin Valley, Palmyra, Lampeter-Strasburg, Manheim Central, Dover (355), William Penn (354), Lancaster Catholic, Shippensburg, West York (345), Conrad Weiser, Susquehanna Township, James Buchanan, Gettysburg (338), Donegal, Milton Hershey, Susquehannock (336), York Suburban (336), Big Spring, East Pennsboro, Kennard-Dale (313), Northern Lebanon, West Perry, Bishop McDevitt, Kutztown, ELCO, Hamburg (286).
Number of schools: 41, which ranks first in state. District 7 is second with 28 schools.
Class AA: Eastern York (279), Bermudian Springs (270), Berks Catholic, Littlestown (265), Middletown, Boiling Springs, Wyomissing, Annville-Cleona, Schuylkill Valley, Pequea Valley, Trinity, Susquenita, Biglerville (196), Hanover (177).
Number of schools: 14, which ranks fourth in state with three other districts (2, 4, 11). District 7 has most with 34 schools.
Class A: Delone Catholic (166), Upper Dauphin, Steel-High, Camp Hill, York Catholic (151), Fairfield (150), Newport, Columbia, Millersburg, Halifax (109), Carson Long Military Academy (50 - note, school is not fielding football team in 2015).
Number of schools: 11, which ranks fifth in state with one other district (4). District 7 has most with 37 schools.
Here is how York Catholic got back to its second straight District 3 Class A title game last year.