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Maine is trying to make HS football competitive again

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:37 am

Maine is trying to make high school football competitive again

... “There’s nothing like going into a game and knowing you’re going to get your butt handed to you before the game even starts because of the schedule,” said longtime former Maine high school football coach Mike Haley, now executive secretary of the Maine Football Coaches Association.

Barry Terrill, head coach at Washington Academy of East Machias, can relate to the issue with his program, which will enter its seventh year of varsity play in Class D North in September.

The Raiders typically ground out two to three victories a year until going winless for the first time last fall, but even in the best of times the gulf between themselves and the elite in their division has been substantial.

“One of the biggest issues in the state has always been getting the games to be more competitive,” he said. “Even though there are more teams in the state than there’s ever been, it seems like the balance of power is spread way out. Teams are either really good or really bad and there doesn’t seem to be too much in between.” ... ive-again/
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Re: Maine is trying to make HS football competitive again

Postby TheMike » Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:28 am

IMHO the MPA made this much more complicated than it had to be. There is a solution that would help the disparity issue (help, not cure. NOTHING is going to cure it) and still prevent those long road trips.

All that had to be done was that at the end of each two-year scheduling cycle, take the top two teams over that span in each of eight divisions (B, C, D & E - N & S) and move them up a division. Then take the bottom two teams in each of eight divisions (A, B, C, & D - N & S) and move them down a division.

I don't necessarily favor this because 1) it awards mediocrity, and 2) it penalizes success, but it does what the MPA wanted to do. The current MPA plan only takes the blowouts from the regular season and puts them in the playoffs.
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