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November 9, 2012

F’ball playoff format needs changed

CORBIN — It’s time for the high school playoff format to be changed.

Well, at least I believe so.

Last week 48 No. 4 seeds participated in the KHSAA state football playoffs and what were their records?

Let’s try 1-47.

Yes, 1-47, that’s a winning percentage of  .020.

That’s not good folks and I don’t care what type of rose-colored glasses you’re wearing.

And like I have said before, it’s time for a change.

This past Friday, No. 4 seeds posted identical 0-8 records in Class A, Class 2A, Class 3A, Class 4A and Class 5A. The lone win came in Class 6A with Louisville Male upending Lafayette, 17-3.

Out of those 47 losses,  two were shutouts in Class A, three in Class 2A, one in Class 3A, two in Class 4A, zero in Class 5A and two in Class 6A.

For you who are counting at home, that’s 10 shutouts in 48 games, and I’ll go just a tad bit further with this for the No. 4 seeds going up against the No. 1 seed.

The biggest blowout — try a 78-0 Frankfort win over Ludlow. There were also losses of 56-6, 60-6, 69-0, 58-0, 49-0, 47-0, 57-7, 78-20, 47-0, 56-0, 68-14 and I could go on and on and on.

In Class A, the one seeds outscored the four seeds 495-76, which in turn averaged out to be a 61-9 outcome. In Class 2A, one seeds outscored the four seeds, 381-73 for an average score of 47-9. In Class 3A, the one seeds outscored the No. 4 seeds, 448-95 for an average score of 56-11 while in Class 4A, the No. 4 seeds were outscored, 444-68, for an average score of 55-8.

Things were a bit closer in Class 5A with the No. 1 seeds outscoring the No. 4 seeds, 428-155 for an average score of 53-19 while in Class 6A, the No. 1 seeds outscored the No. 4 seeds, 359-66 for an average score of 44-8.

Things were a bit better when you take a look at the No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed match-ups.

The No. 3 seeds did have a better showing than the No. 4 seeds this past week, but they still had an overall losing record at 15-32.

The most successful No. 3 seeds came in Class 6A, as they posted a 3-4 record. No. 3 seeds went 3-5 in Class 2A and Class 3A while No. 3 seeds in Class A, Class 4A and Class 5A posted identical 2-6 marks — that’s still only a .319 winning percentage.

So what’s the answer?

It’s time to go back to each district’s top two teams advancing to the playoffs only. That’s right, the top two seeded teams.

I know everyone likes the idea of having more teams to reach the playoffs which allows student-athletes to experience the playoffs and the post-season atmosphere that goes with it. But when you’re getting beat like a drum with most games going into a running clock situation once the second half begins, what’s the use?

In some cases, there were No. 4 seeds reaching the playoffs with 1-9 and 2-8 records. Heck, one school reached the playoffs with an 0-9 mark and was beaten 69-0.

Will there be changes?

I seriously doubt it, but in the long run, you just never know.

Last week 48 No. 4 seeds participated in the KHSAA state football playoffs and what were their records?

Let’s try 1-47.

Yes, 1-47, that’s a winning percentage of  .020.

That’s not good folks and I don’t care what type of rose-colored glasses you’re wearing.

And like I have said before, it’s time for a change.

This past Friday, No. 4 seeds posted identical 0-8 records in Class A, Class 2A, Class 3A, Class 4A and Class 5A. The lone win came in Class 6A with Louisville Male upending Lafayette, 17-3.

Out of those 47 losses,  two were shutouts in Class A, three in Class 2A, one in Class 3A, two in Class 4A, zero in Class 5A and two in Class 6A.

For you who are counting at home, that’s 10 shutouts in 48 games, and I’ll go just a tad bit further with this for the No. 4 seeds going up against the No. 1 seed.

The biggest blowout — try a 78-0 Frankfort win over Ludlow. There were also losses of 56-6, 60-6, 69-0, 58-0, 49-0, 47-0, 57-7, 78-20, 47-0, 56-0, 68-14 and I could go on and on and on.

In Class A, the one seeds outscored the four seeds 495-76, which in turn averaged out to be a 61-9 outcome. In Class 2A, one seeds outscored the four seeds, 381-73 for an average score of 47-9. In Class 3A, the one seeds outscored the No. 4 seeds, 448-95 for an average score of 56-11 while in Class 4A, the No. 4 seeds were outscored, 444-68, for an average score of 55-8.

Things were a bit closer in Class 5A with the No. 1 seeds outscoring the No. 4 seeds, 428-155 for an average score of 53-19 while in Class 6A, the No. 1 seeds outscored the No. 4 seeds, 359-66 for an average score of 44-8.

Things were a bit better when you take a look at the No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed match-ups.

The No. 3 seeds did have a better showing than the No. 4 seeds this past week, but they still had an overall losing record at 15-32.

The most successful No. 3 seeds came in Class 6A, as they posted a 3-4 record. No. 3 seeds went 3-5 in Class 2A and Class 3A while No. 3 seeds in Class A, Class 4A and Class 5A posted identical 2-6 marks — that’s still only a .319 winning percentage.

So what’s the answer?

It’s time to go back to each district’s top two teams advancing to the playoffs only. That’s right, the top two seeded teams.

I know everyone likes the idea of having more teams to reach the playoffs which allows student-athletes to experience the playoffs and the post-season atmosphere that goes with it. But when you’re getting beat like a drum with most games going into a running clock situation once the second half begins, what’s the use?

In some cases, there were No. 4 seeds reaching the playoffs with 1-9 and 2-8 records. Heck, one school reached the playoffs with an 0-9 mark and was beaten 69-0.

Will there be changes?

I seriously doubt it, but in the long run, you just never know.

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