``I just got hit this morning with the Willingboro-Pemberton situation,'' Holy Cross athletic director Mike Fynan said. ``It would seem that if those two pull out, it doesn't leave us much choice, unless we wanted to cross the bridge and join the Philadelphia Catholic League, and I don't think that's an option.''
Adding the four schools would make the Olympic a two-division, 21-team football conference next year, making nonconference scheduling unnecessary to fill a nine-game schedule.
Similar to Rancocas Valley and Willingboro, Pemberton is looking to leave because the smaller schools in the Burlco would not schedule games against the Hornets.
``I don't want to go to East Podunk to play football,'' Pemberton athletic director Richard Stahl said. ``Who wants to look for five or six football games each year? No one.''
Last year, Stahl said, Pemberton had to make a 2 1/2-hour trip to Phillipsburg for a game on a day that fellow Burlco member Delran had an open date.
When Shawnee, Lenape and Cherokee joined the Olympic last year and the Burlington County League stayed with a three-division format instead of going with two divisions, it might have been the beginning of the end for the larger Burlington County schools in the league.
``If [Rancocas Valley and Willingboro] had stayed, we probably would have stayed in the BCL hoping we could get a two-division setup,'' Stahl said. ``The three-division setup is the Group 2 schools' favorite alignment. Who would really be in favor of a four-team league?''