High school football playoffs are upon us and it highlights, negatively, the flawed process by which playoff teams are determined.
There just aren’t enough teams in Maine to keep rewarding teams that, quite frankly, aren’t successful in a given year. Teams with 0, 1 and 2 wins shouldn’t be playoff teams.
A good start to resolving this issue is to eliminate the distinction between North and South within each class. Just have a statewide Class A-D. The most teams total in any class is 20. Take the top 8 from each and have 1 tournament. Winner take all. No regional championship, just one winner for each class.
All teams should be required to play all games against teams in their own class. No padding the win total by playing down two classes against a team that isn’t on the same level as you.
Those games should be reserved for a single, non countable pre season game in August. Find unique fundraising opportunities to help offset the cost of traveling to games if need be.
It is probably a sacrilege to suggest this, but if teams have long travel for a certain opponent, play those games on Saturday only and not Friday night.
The overall numbers for HS Football in Maine may be dwindling. The quality of playoff football doesn’t have to suffer as a result. Find a better way to put the best eight teams on the field come November.
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