Ohio HS Insider: Does the OHSAA need to change how it selects teams for the postseason?


JJHuddle’s Ohio HS Insider

Time to revamp the computer points system: Ursuline is not a playoff team, but Summit Country Day is? Also inside…Teams score at a record pace, Kenton QB uses Facebook to motivate WRs
and the OHSAA loves turf.


Week 12 is here…


Does the OHSAA need to change how it selects teams for the postseason? The OHSAA has employed the Harbin Computer Points System as its method for selecting football teams for the postseason since 1972. Is it time for some tweaking? Yes.

The Harbin Points System provides points based on wins and opponent victories but what it doesn’t incorporate is strength of schedule. Consider: In Division V, three-time reigning state champion Youngstown Ursuline failed to make the playoffs due to a 4-6 record against one of the state toughest schedules. Cincinnati Summit Country Day, however, finished 7-3 and did qualify for the D-V playoffs where it allowed the most points in postseason history in a 79-7 loss to Marion Pleasant. SCD gave up 42 first quarter points. Ursuline beat Youngstown Mooney and Akron SVSM to end the season.

Something is severely wrong with that.

Drew Pasteur’s Fantastic 50 is a more accurate representation of Ohio’s top teams and could be utilized in some capacity with the Harbin Points to provide a better system for playoff berths. Consider: The Fantastic 50 had Ursuline ranked No. 1 in D-V at the end of the regular season. SCD was ranked 66th – that’s in the bottom half of the division’s 118 total schools.

I don’t think anyone can argue that Ursuline was not one of the Top 32 teams in D-V or one of the top eight teams in Region 17 this year. They should still be playing.

Change is warranted.   

Offensive Onslaughts: Speaking of re-tweaking the playoff system, the regional quarterfinal round produced some stunning offensive outputs.

As mentioned prior, Marion Pleasant’s 79 points in its D-V regional quarterfinal win over Summit Country Day set a new playoff record for most points in a game and eclipsed the previous record of 77 set by Delphos St. John’s in the D-VI state final last year.

Kenton also scored 74 points in its win over Wellington in a D-IV quarterfinal. That output ranks fourth all-time.

Combined, Dover and Thornville Sheridan produced 121 points in their D-III regional quarterfinal, which ranks second all-time in playoff history. Only Licking Valley’s 63-60 triple-OT win over Valley View in a 2003 D-III regional final has had a higher combined score.

Watch What You Say: Last week in preparation for his team’s game against Wellington, Kenton senior QB Maty Mauk posted a quote on his Facebook account that he said he got from a local paper covering the Wildcats first round opponent. The quote, that came from a Wellington player read: “Their receivers aren’t that fast, but they all have really good hands.”

Uh-oh is right.

Those receivers – Brice Fackler, Matt Bahr, Kieran Fetter, Zach Wolowicz and Justin Sawmiller – showed both speed and hands in helping Mauk dismantle both Wellington and the record books. Mauk set a state record with 19 straight completions and tied one with nine TD passes as Kenton beat Wellington 74-22. He finished 27-of-29 for 505 yards and both incompletions were his fault. Mauk entered the game needing 101 yards to break his brother Ben’s national record for passing yards and got it on his third attempt – a 52-yard TD pass to Wolowicz, who fittingly outran the Wellington defense on a short screen play.

“I tried to get them fired up,” Mauk said of his social media ploy. “Wellington’s free safety said that I put that on there to show them and get them fired up and I think they delivered tonight.

“Right now (our receivers are) playing the best football they’ve ever played in their lives and that’s what we need.”

Uh-oh is right.

The OHSAA loves turf: All 48 of this weekend’s regional semifinal games will be held at stadiums with field turf surfaces. No games will be contested on grass. Last year 45 of the 48 regional semifinals were on turf.

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