7 Thoughts, Improvements to the #TXHSFB Season
No doubt the 2020 season was one of the most memorial, if not the most memorable season in the history of Texas high school football existence.
We all know why.
Thousands of players, parents, coaches and support staff made this season possible. Yes, there were cancellations, postponements and general concern that the season might not even finish.
Put me in that category of people that thought were would never see State. With a virus that became out of control, especially in Texas, I figured the possibility of completing the year as very slightly more than 0 percent. Maybe slightly greater than a 50 percent shot with the small schools but definitely didn't think it was possible with big schools.
I'll eat that crow. Everyone banded together and made it work. Kudos to those.
But this column isn't about that. In being around the sport for six full seasons coupled with some things that occurred this year, I have some ideas I think would make things better.
1. Less is More (Better)
Before 1982, the playoffs included just the district champion. That year, it included the second-place team. A number of years later it added a third, and then later on a fourth.
Of course with anything, more teams meant more revenue. It also allows for more players to experience the playoffs. I get that. I am sympathetic to that purpose - not so much about money but allowing kids that opportunity.
But with the inclusion of the 4th team, I believe the playoffs have become way too diluted.
From 6A to 4A here are the Bi-District average scoring margins:
6A DI: 28.4
6A DII: 20.5
5A DI: 29.6
5A DII: 28.9
4A DI: 37.1
4A DII: 31.1
Those are ugly numbers. Yes, there were some competitive games across the state, and yes some teams made amazing runs (see: Mansfield Summit), but having certified blowouts each week is not an enjoyable way to kickoff the playoffs.
Congrats to North Dallas for making the playoffs for the first time in 60 years. Your reward? A 79-0 shellacking at the hands of the eventual state champs. Having four teams from each district make the playoffs essential makes the regular season moot, especially if one of those teams is winless.
Does getting drilled by 79 make North Dallas players feel accomplished? I genuinely don't know. Those kids will get to say we were the first team in 60 years to make the playoffs, but they will also get to say they lost by 79.
Contraction is the only solution to that problem. Personally, I want more competitive games than having more teams.
The toothpaste is already of the tube, so I know it won't change. But it should.