Coach's Corner: Stinson Dean 11/4
By Stinson Dean MidAmerica Nazarene Assistant Coach
It’s getting colder, I can see my breath in the air, and that means it’s time for playoff football. First off, I want just to say I am thankful there isn’t a MoCS or KsCS. As fun as it would be to watch the Gates BBQ Bowl or the Garmin Olathe Bowl….thank God for real playoffs!
I get to watch four playoff games in one week. Starting with dominating offensive lineman Caleb Johnson and Basehor-Linwood vs. Sumner on Tuesday, watching Lee’s Summit and speedy wide out Sam Sealer roll on Wednesday, Fulson and company on Friday night as Olathe East takes on Lawrence and finishing the week off with a second round Kansas 4A matchup on Saturday (after my own conference championship game here at MNU). Needless to say, for local-area football fans, there is no better time of year.
Maybe second to the BCS in jilting championship caliber teams from a chance to compete to win a title, was the MSHSSA playoff system of years past.
It wasn’t too long ago when my high school, Blue Springs, was in a district including Blue Springs South, Liberty and Oak Park (pre-Staley). These were arguably four of the top 10 teams in Missouri 6A football. In 2003, Blue Springs was 9-0 and Blue Springs South was 8-1 going into the final regular season/district game. Blue Springs won leaving Blue Springs South left out of the playoffs at 8-2.
Meanwhile, it wasn’t uncommon for a team from another district to enter the playoffs at 7-3.
I love the fact that the top two teams from district are eligible for the playoffs in Missouri. For some this creates a hectic weeks of game planning as five games are played in four weeks. But, the fact that the top teams will never be left at home is worth it. The 7-3 or even 6-4 teams are still in it, but not at the expense of a one loss team sitting at home. Not to say the teams with worse records don’t deserve it. Championship teams always peak at the end of the year at playoffs.
Good luck coaches and players….As I’ve heard going into playoffs, “peak now or forever hold your peace!”
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