OVID — Over the past three seasons, the Tri-Town Titans football team has fielded students from the South Seneca, Romulus and Trumansburg school districts.
That arrangement is over for the time being.
On Monday night, the Trumansburg school district’s Board of Education decided to end its partnership with South Seneca and begin its own 8-man football team this fall. The Blue Raiders will compete in Section IV, as all of the school’s other sports teams already do.
“Trumansburg thought it was in their best interests to start their own football program, starting with the modified (level),” South Seneca Athletic Director Heather Mott said.
The South Seneca and Romulus school districts will remain merged for the 2019 season; the two schools have partnered in football since 2008. If the program continues with the traditional 11-on-11 setup, it will drop to Class D next season due to the enrollment change from losing T’burg.
“Our goal is to be an 11-man program,” Mott said, “but people need to realize that 8-man football is a possibility in our future.”
Mott noted that dropping to Class D would be better for the program as a whole due to Section V’s decision last December to begin using a federation scheduling module — meaning the Falcons’ entire schedule would be made up of Class D opposition. While it’s likely South Seneca would travel more to play some of its games, former Finger Lakes West foes like Lyons, Clyde-Savannah and Dundee could remain as 2019 opponents.
Mott said player-interest meetings will be held at South Seneca and Romulus before the school year is over to better determine overall football numbers for the 2019 season.
Tri-Town went 1-7 in 2018 after posting 4-5 records in each of the first two seasons South Seneca, Trumansburg and Romulus formed its alliance.