View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 8/26
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Another season is upon us and there are many issues that are confronting teams on both sides of the state line.
There is a new playoff system in Missouri that I will just go on record saying the new system with points and seeds is counter to what football is about. It should be about winning games on the field. Championships should be decided in a head to head fashion and entrance to the post-season should be earned not just given.
This new system allows teams to schedule their way to a better post-season position. While the same number of teams will be playing in week No. 11 as in the past four years, there are better ways to get to that point. I hope that someday soon Missouri and maybe even Kansas are able to embrace a system that allows for eight-team districts with a full head-to-head schedule.
This system is used by states throughout the Midwest and South such as Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas. The biggest hurdle to this system is the long held ties to conferences and regional rivalries that are the sacred cows of school administrators. Coaches, players and fans don’t care about these alignments which change in some cases every two years.
The other states that use eight-team full-schedule district season have found a way to make it work. If Texas, the mecca of high school football, can survive with that system then I think we could too. Of course that’s just my opinion and I’m not the superintendent of a school district so it doesn’t count for anything.
Even with a flawed playoff system the game is very healthy. I’m sure we will still see drama in the season’s final weeks and the good teams will still move on. I just hope we aren’t forced to watch a team that scheduled its way to a top seed get killed in a home game in what is being called the playoffs.
This year there are plenty of marquee matchups on both sides of the state line and PrepsKC will be there. No matter what the size of the school we will provide the top notch coverage we have over the last two years.
Our live scoreboard will feature more updates from more games than any other media outlet in the Metro. That scoreboard will be enhanced with our exclusive PrepsKC Stat Cast feature. Each week more than 30 games will not only have live score updates but full statistics and play-by-play just like you see for professional games.
This is another great year for high school football in Kansas City and we are excited to be a part of it. Let the games begin.
Blue Valley Southwest Timberwolves
Crest Ridge Cougars
St. Thomas Aquinas Saints
Blue Springs Wildcats
Park Hill South Panthers
Bonner Springs Braves
Lone Jack Mules
Pembroke Hill Raiders
Park Hill Trojans
Lawrence Free State Firebirds
Lincoln College Prep Tigers
St. Pius X Warriors
Bishop Miege Stags