Trinity is still the Big Green Machine in Class 6A, but Highlands, a four-time defending champion in 5A, is dropping to 4A this season.
Both perennial powers are favored to add to their state record of 20 state titles each.
Trinity, boasting one of the most talented rosters in school history, is getting national notice and is a prohibitive pick to win its ninth title in 11 years.
Highlands is a solid No. 1 in 4A, where its competition includes two-time state champ Boyle County and perennial powers Lexington Catholic and Johnson Central.
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Bowling Green is the pre-season choice in 5A, and defending champs are the top picks in 3A (Central), 2A (Newport Central Catholic) and A (Mayfield).
Highlands isn't the only big-name football school to change classes. Owensboro and Johnson Central moved from 5A to 4A; Bell County from 4A to 3A; Corbin and Fort Campbell from 2A to 3A; Somerset from 3A to 2A; Lexington Christian from A to 2A, and Russellville from 3A to A.