Georgetown Prep has withdrawn its football team from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and will compete as an independent next season.

The Little Hoyas had competed in the Baltimore-based league for the past seven seasons since they were kicked out of the Interstate Athletic Conference following the 2004 season.

However, while Georgetown Prep believed the league provided good competition and made it easier to fill out a schedule, it was difficult to maintain a presence in the Washington area while having to travel to play many league opponents.

“As the years have passed, there’s been a growing sense that Prep’s connections to D.C.-area football have weakened,” Georgetown Prep Athletic Director Dan Paro wrote in an email to alumni. “Although we were playing the best in Baltimore, it is our belief that we need to re-establish our D.C.-area presence and resume the rivalries that have been part of our past. Putting it simply, we need to play more local teams.”

Paro wrote that the Little Hoyas will add IAC members St. Albans and Bullis to its schedule next season.