Make HS Football Great Again

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Make HS Football Great Again

Postby theallaroundballer » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:11 pm

So we're in the slowest part of the sports calendar, and so not much banter here on the board. I'd like to change that. The smell of fall will be here before we know it, and Friday night lights will be upon us. And with that, the schmucks in Valley City once again disappointed with the new plan. I'm glad A is reverting back to 32 teams, but very upset about how it comes at the expense of AA. 10 teams and a statewide format? Wahpeton to Watford City? Is this a joke? The NDHSAA goes ape over missed school time due to extracurriculars, and yet they signed off on this cluster? Those kids will miss a whole day being on a bus for 8 hours. But of course they won't even look into using the QRF formula to save travel costs, because numbers and math are for nerds. This is FOOTBAWW for real men. We don't use any of those convoluted analytics conceived by those filthy commies from across the Red.

And yeah, let's continue to coddle some of these 9 man schools that would beat 65-75% of the teams competing in A right now. I applaud Nedrose for opting up knowing they're gonna got smoked every week for the next two years. You take your lumps early, recruit kids with character and integrity, and build a winning culture from there. But why do any of that? Why send your kid to Central or RR when they can be a star for Thompson? Cavalier 3-peated in AA 15 years ago. Oakes has the 2nd biggest 9 man enrollment behind Shiloh. And I don't think I need to elaborate on the Skyhawks.

So without further ado, let me introduce my plan. It keeps the 4 class system with a 16-16-32-35 spread. Would appreciate discussion and opinions from anyone interested. 9 man is easily the most difficult to segregate into regions as the majority of schools skew east. I did four regions with nine teams with top 4 making the playoffs. I know this leaves no opportunity for non-region games, but because of the expanded number of regions teams, there's a chance for traditional rivals to play. A six for six is doable, but I want to see what people think of the 4 with 9 first.

AAA (No changes)

East
Central
Davies
Devils Lake
North
Red River
Sheyenne
South
WF

West
Bismarck
Century
Dickinson
Jamestown
Legacy
Mandan
Minot
Willison

AA (Some newcomers in the East)

East
Central Cass
Grafton
HCV
Kindred
Oak Grove (right behind PRFL, and a private to boot)
Park River-FL (3rd biggest total A enrollment behind Beulah and NT, and they'd more than compete in AA)
Shanley
Wahpeton

West
Beulah
New Town (I know, have a hard enough time in 9 man, but 2nd biggest after Beulah even with F & R meals)
Trinity
St. Mary's
Stanley
Watford City
Turtle Mtn.
Valley City

A (Seven biggest 9 man schools plus Standing Rock)

Region 1
Central Dakota
EEK
Lisbon
Maple Valley
Mayport-CG
M-NS/SC
Northern Cass
Oakes

2
Bottineau
Carrington
Cavalier
HWC
Langdon
Rugby
Thompson
W-N-G

3
Berthold
D-LB
Kenmare
Nedrose
Ryan
Trenton/TC
Velva
Williams Co.

4
Bowman Co.
Garrison
Hazen
Heart River
Killdeer
Shiloh
Southern McLean
SR (playing JV schedule this year, in a perfect world they'd be here)

9 Man

Region 1
FSHP
Hankinson
Lamoure
Napoleon
New Rockford
Richland
South Border
Steele
Wyndmere/Lidgerwood

2
Benson Co.
Four Winds
Hatton/Northwood
Lakota
Larimore
Midway/Minto
North Border
North Star
St. John

3
Divide County
Drake
Dunseith
MLS
North Prairie
Parshall
Ray
Surrey
TGU

4
Beach
Central McLean
Grant Co.
Hettinger
Linton
Mott-Regent
New Salem
Richardton-Taylor
Strasburg-Zeeland
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Re: Make HS Football Great Again

Postby cmplx6 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:47 am

I think this would be a great plan, have an 8 team bracket from AAA and AA for the playoffs with a 9 game regular schedule. And have a 16 team bracket for A and 9 man with an 8 game schedule. You could even expand both regular season by 1 game and start the season a week earlier.

AA would be controlled by the private schools. A would be the most competitive. I would like to see you make AA for all the private schools. Then expand A and AAA. I'm still a big supporter of yearly schedules and taking the worst record from AAA, AA, and A and dropping them down, and taking the best from 9 man, A, and AA and moving them up. Create new schedules every year. Have more and smaller regions. And put teams into the playoffs based off of a points system. Have a 10 week regular schedule and only have 8 teams in the playoffs at each level. There is no need to have 24, or even 16 teams in the playoffs. Nobody likes to se games that are lopsided by 50+ points in the first and second round.

Break all levels into smaller regions including AAA and AA. Credit smaller levels more playoff points for playing higher level schools. Then we could get a regular season game between Park River and Red River. The higher level teams that are not a successful would want to play down to get a win, and the lower level teams could jump ahead in the playoff rankings with a win over the higher level school.
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Re: Make HS Football Great Again

Postby magic man » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:22 am

Instead of all of the bias (heavy Private school bias all the way around), let's just base the classes on just the number of male enrollment?

That BS talk of getting a reduction in number based on free and reduced lunch, is nuts.. A kid is a kid.. Not a half of a kid, if he qualifies for a lunch break.

How would it look that way? No bias, just the raw numbers.
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