Last week I wrote about how change was warranted to the Harbin Points
System and how Drew Pasteur and his Fantastic 50 formula
should somehow be worked into the equation (at least parts of it). I emailed Drew the story and he got back to me.
Although he didn’t necessarily agree with me.
Week 13 is here…
Drew Speaks Up: Last week I wrote about how a change was warranted to the Harbin Points System and what criteria/calculations the OHSAA uses to select playoff teams. I mentioned Drew Pasteur and his Fantastic 50 formula should somehow be worked into the equation (at least parts of it) to get a more accurate field. I emailed Drew the story and he got back to me. Although he didn’t necessarily agree with me.
“Because of the complexity and the use of victory margins, I don’t think that my system would be appropriate for selecting/seeding playoff teams,” Pasteur said. “However, I do think that some updates to the Harbin formulas would further improve an already-excellent system.”
So what’s Pasteur want to see? A couple tings:
1. Different First Level points for D-I and VI: Currently a team gets 6 points for a victory over a D-I school and 3.5 for a win over a D-VI school. Pasteur would like to see a D-I win count for 7 points and a D-VI win count 2.5.
2. Awarding points for losses too: Said Pasteur: “Consideration should be given to awarding some fraction of the second-level points even for a game that is lost, to avoid so heavily penalizing a loss to a strong opponent.” Basically there needs to be some sense of strength of schedule worked into the equation.
Although Pasteur has no immediate plans to formulate a new computer point system, he did say it’s on his “to-do” list for a future summer…
Public vs Private Update: So far the 2011 postseason has produced 35 games featuring public schools against private schools. Private schools hold a 22-13 edge. Public schools did, however, rebound significantly in the regional semifinals (6-6) after struggling in the opening round (7-16). The regional finals features seven games pitting public vs private.
Pack Your Bags: Tiny Beallsville, located deep in rural eastern Ohio’s Monroe County, has logged some serious miles during the postseason. A casualty of a lopsided region that runs all the way from Marion to Ashland to Portsmouth to Columbus to Mansfield to Marietta, the Blue Devils will have traveled 850 miles roundtrip in three weeks following their D-VI Region 23 final against New Washington Buckeye Central at Reynoldsburg High School. Beallsville traveled 186 miles one way to play at Portsmouth Sciotoville in the first round and then went 122 miles to Athens for a regional semifinal. Reynoldsburg is 116 miles from Beallsville.
Urbana’s amazing freshman: Freshmen starting at the varsity level at any position are a rarity and Nathan Mays is just that – and then some. A 6-foot-1, 146-pound quarterback, Mays, who turned 14 during the season, led the Hillclimbers to an 8-3 record this year and a D-III playoff appearance. Urbana was the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division champion.
Mays was nothing short of remarkable. He completed 115-of-209 passes for a CBC leading 2,010 yards and 27 TDs. He also threw just 4 interceptions all season – two each in Week 1 and Week 11 (a 14-0 playoff loss at Columbus Eastmoor).