ARKANSAS (KFSM) - The 5A-West has long been the toughest conference in the classification.
But Greenwood, Alma, Shiloh Christian and Siloam Springs have all departed. And the league still produced the 5A state champion last season as Morrilton took the crown.
"Everything is different for us and it’s all going to be new," Farmington coach Mike Adams said. "How much success we have this year is going to be determined by how quickly we adjust to our new surroundings."
Clarksville is one of four teams to remain from the last cycle and first year coach Eli Cranor likes the set up of the league.
"Clarksville and Greenbrier and Harrison and Morrilton, all of these schools, I do think that the conference as it is right now is set up for competition," Cranor said.
Like Clarksville, Farmington has made the move from 4A to the larger classification and with the move, Adams knows respect has to be earned.
"In preseason magazines, we’re picked seventh or eighth in this league and rightfully so," Adams said. "We’re the new kids moving up and we haven’t competed on this level. Our kids don’t want to settle for that type deal. We’ve got a stretch of 11 or 12 years in a row we’ve been in the playoffs and our kids want to continue that."