Amarillo football fans got to be a part of a very exciting run from one of the local area high schools here.

In just their second year open as a school, West Plains High School's football team put everyone in the state on notice by running deep into the state playoffs.

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They won their first three games in the playoffs in dominating fashion, winning each game by at least two touchdowns. Sadly, their run came to an end in the quarterfinals against Glen Rose.

Now, a new challenge is upon the Wolves as the UIL has announced the cutoff numbers for the realignment of class and divisions.

As mentioned before, West Plains has only been open for a year and a half, but they've already grown an immense amount in that time, and it means big things for the sports programs there.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE WOLVES?

The Wolves are competing in Class 4A Division 2 this season, taking on the likes of Perryton and Borger. Next season will be a whole new story.

After reporting an enrollment of 1,162 students, West Plains will be bumped up to Class 4A Division 1. So what does this mean?

Get ready for some serious rivalries to be built. Not only will they be facing some tougher competition next season, but now they'll be pairing up with area schools Canyon High and Randall High. Considering the proximity of those schools, and the friends these kids have at those schools, these will be some intense games.

ARE ANY OTHER AMARILLO SCHOOLS MOVING?

All the other Amarillo area high schools will remain in the same class and division as they were in this season, but Palo Duro was so close to getting a bump. They reported 1,900 students, which was just THREE below the cutoff to jump to D-1.

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