After Further Review: Cole Young 10/12

Cole Young

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 12, 2017 - 8:06 AM

As we enter the final week of regular season football, I can’t help but think back on seasons in the past and realize the last week of the season doesn’t feel the way it used to.

Aside from the early start, which pushes everything up, in a lot of ways there’s a feeling that the games don’t necessarily matter much this week.

It’s a stark contrast from when only one team made it out of each four-team district and the final week of the regular season (then Week 10) had a gut wrenching feel to it.

Which system is better isn’t for me to decide, but there are definite positives for both.

For my money, I loved the fact that we got a round of games on a Wednesday night in the old system.

At the same time, I like that in the “new” system, games every week of the regular season hold equal importance.

With positives in both camps, there are ways to make the system better.

The biggest change that should be made is reseeding. If the point system being used truly is accurate, once the final eight teams in each class have been determined, simply seed them based on that. Does it mean a little more travel? I suppose so, but just for the quarterfinal round. Once the semifinal round hits the chances of traveling over 100 miles is almost a given anyway.

Take Missouri Class 4 for example. For the sake of conversation, let’s say every team currently in the top district spot won out. By reseeding, that would make for quarterfinal matchups of Grain Valley at Webb City, Ladue at Riverview Gardens, Hillsboro at Platte County, and Warrenton and St. Francis Borgia.

If we are truly following the theory that we always want to end up with the best two teams in the state championship, this would go a long way toward that.