Time to fix the high school football playoffs

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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Jeff Solari

About Jeff Solari

Jeff Solari is currently the co-host of the Drive airing from 4-6pm on 92.9FM, The Ticket in Bangor. He is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports e mail newsletter. Recently, he has been a contributor and fill-in host on the Downtown show and for the past two years has been the 5 p.m. host of The DRIVE on 92.9FM in Bangor.