COLUMBIA - Hickman high school is returning to Class 6 football this season after spending three years in Class 5.
The move is due to CPS changing its boundaries in February. The Kewpies gained around 300 athletes, band members and other students who participate in extra-curricular activities, according to head coach Cedric Alvis.
Alvis said the move to Class 6 caught him off guard.
"I envisioned us being in Class 5 for one more year before we moved up," Alvis said. "But we're excited to go up against bigger and better competition."
Hickman finished last season with an 2-8 record, and their overall record in three years of Class 5 was 4-26.
"We're expecting wins this season," senior quarterback Brayden Rother said. "This year its about hitting it hard and keeping the same mentality every week, instead of getting over-hyped for wins."
Alvis is entering his second year with the team, and said even though the reclassification might be a challenge, his guys will be ready.
"Our training started in November, we've been going at it since then," Alvis said. "The idea has been it only takes eleven to play. It's some old-school, iron man football."
Rother has been playing in Class 5 for his entire high school career, and said he is looking forward to this season.
"It's honestly a whole new team," Rother said. "It feels more like a family this season, like we're playing for each other and not for the next level."