District Playoff Format Should be Revisited

By: by Mark Ewing Email
By: by Mark Ewing Email

We are on the eve of the High School Football playoffs.
It’s the subject for tonight’s “On the Mark”. It should be considered prestigious to make it. And, I hope I don’t dilute the honor when I tell you that a total of 112 playoff games will be staged by midnight on saturday.
If getting more opportunities for more teams to experience the playoffs is considered a success, than the system is a working.
But… every once in a while, you get a team like Sabetha.
The Bluejays won every game except one, and that one loss resulted in their coming up on the short end of the mathematics in a loaded Class 3-A District one field.
On the other end of it, by my count, of the 80 teams which made the playoffs, 27 of them have a losing record and six of those teams won only two games.
I’m not sure there is a flawless playoff system, but I do think it is time to consider making some adjustments.
I wonder if an eight game regular season, capped with a “seeded” one game "make or break" bracket format should be considered.
And… I will say again that every league champion should be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Those two things would make the regular season more meaningful, the finish more defining, and the post season … more honorable. That’s “on the mark”.

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