Kansas dumps district play in 5A, 6A

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: May 2, 2015 - 2:16 PM

Starting in 2016 Kansas postseason football in Class 5A and 6A will look a lot more like postseason football in Missouri.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association approved a change to the traditional district play that has been in place for more than two decades. Teams will now play eight regular season games and then be placed into a postseason bracket starting with the ninth week of the season.

Missouri employs a similar system where teams are divided into eight team districts and seeded 1-8 for the final week of the season with every team essentially qualifying for postseason play. Those seeds are based on a formula that takes into account factors such as wins and losses, margin of victory and opponents’ class and strength of schedule.

The exact seeding for Kansas has not been decided but the two 32-team classes will be split in half by geography and then seeded 1-16.

To give you an example based off this season in Class 6A Shawnee Mission East would have remained the top seed in the East side of 6A and would have most likely played Harmon in week No. 9. Those teams were in a district this past season with East winning 83-0. In Class 5A St. Thomas Aquinas may have been the No. 1 seed and played Topeka Highland Park in the next round.

This move does allow more freedom for schools to schedule games instead of being locked into three district games at the end of the season no matter what the conference affiliation.

Stay tuned to PrepsKC.com for more information on this change as it becomes available.