The Salem and St. James high school football teams will meet to open the football season. There is a chance the two schools could also meet at the end of the campaign as well.
Both the St. James and Salem football programs are grouped in a brutal district, as they are part of Missouri Class 3 District 5, which will also include defending Class 3 state champion Blair Oaks, Buffalo, Eldon, Logan-Rogersville, School of the Osage and Springfield Catholic.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) announced the classifications and district pairings for their fall sports on Friday, Aug. 23.
Here are classification and district groupings for Salem’s football, softball and volleyball teams. As of Friday morning, MSHSAA had yet to announce the cross country groupings.
Class 3 District 5: Salem, St. James,Blair Oaks, Buffalo, Eldon, Logan-Rogersville, Osage, Springfield Catholic.
Class 3 District 10: Salem, St. James,Bolivar, Buffalo, Osage.
Class 3 District 8: Salem, St. James, Owensville, Pacific, St. Clair, St. Francis Borgia, Sullivan.