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No need to do the math: State points system works JOHN ERZAR H.S. FOOTBALL


February 19. 2013 1:42PM


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Here's hoping District 2 never tries to reinvent the wheel, like some other districts have.


The PIAA state points system to determine District 2 playoff qualifiers is fine as it is. Yet other districts have chosen a complicated mathematical formula to determine their postseason teams.


District 11 uses something called the team's weighted winning percentage – TWWP for short – and opponents' weighted winning percentage – OWWP – to decide which teams make its playoffs in Class 3A, 2A and A. It uses the traditional PIAA points system for Class 4A because those teams are involved in a subregional tournament with District 2 and District 4.


The formula is too complex to explain, but can be seen at www.district11.piaa.org. Quite frankly, it isn't proving much different than the PIAA points system.


In District 11 Class A, the teams would be lined up the same way in the standings using the PIAA points. In Class 2A, third-place Penn Argyl (6-2) and fourth-place Northern Lehigh (6-2) would flip-flop spots by a mere 20 state points. That's a margin that could easily be made up over the next two games.


The biggest difference is in Class 3A where first-place Allentown Central Catholic (4-4) would drop to third in the PIAA points system. Second-place Bangor (6-2) and third-place Southern Lehigh (5-3) would move up one spot each. Apparently, this formula favors beating bad teams a class higher than good teams the same class or one class lower. ACC has defeated four Class 4A opponents that are a combined 7-25.


District 3 uses a system that looks just like the one District 11 has adopted. The Eastern Conference also used some complicated math to determine its playoff teams prior to switching to the PIAA system a few years back.


Before the Eastern Conference moved to the PIAA system, I would get a few calls from local coaches in the days before their final game asking if they would make the E.C. playoffs with a victory. My answer was always the same – I have no idea. It was too complex to figure out.


The PIAA points system is simple enough for a middle school math class to follow. You get a specific number of points for a victory based on the enrollment classification of the opponent. Then you get 10 bonus points for every victory by the opponent. For example, Berwick defeated Crestwood to open the season and received 100 points. Crestwood has won six more times, so Berwick now has 160 points for that win.


The PIAA points system has been tweaked slightly throughout the years but remains a logical way to decide playoff teams. Once four games in District 2 are played on Nov. 3, it will take only a few minutes to determine the playoff schedule.


If you're interested in District 3 or 11, then you do the math.


EASTERN CONFERENCE

Wyoming Valley West remained in position for an Eastern Conference Class 4A playoff spot. The Spartans lead Nazareth by 10 state points and East Stroudsburg South by 20 for the top seed. It will probably come down to Valley West and E.S. South for the top seed since Nazareth still has to play powerful Easton.


Dallas and Coughlin are currently the top two seeds in Class 3A. Both, though, still have a shot at the District 2 playoffs, with Dallas having a better chance based on remaining schedule.


Meyers jumped ahead of Nanticoke for an E.C. Class 2A berth. The Mohawks are mathematically alive for a District 2 spot, but it's a long shot.


Northwest is in the running for a Class A berth in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers, who still have a very remote chance at districts, are currently the third seed.


The Eastern Conference projections are based on teams currently in position for district playoff berths not being considered.


REMEMBER THE BLOCKERS

Wyoming Area's Nick O'Brien gave plenty of credit to his blockers that allowed him to return two punts for touchdowns in Friday's 48-15 victory over GAR … and for good reason.


O'Brien's first return was the result of fellow returner Cody Schmitz picking off one of the GAR gunners and Farrad Condry and Marty Michaels springing him inside the GAR 20-yard line. Michaels combined with Joe Erzar for the key block on O'Brien's second return.


NUMBERS GAME

One rule I'd like to see the PIAA adopt is the color of numbers on white uniforms. GAR's silver numbers on white jerseys and Lake-Lehman's yellow on white are nearly impossible to read at times.


The PIAA makes all kinds of rules regarding uniforms in sports and this is one that can help the media, game officials, fans and stadium announcers. Make the team's darkest school color the required color for numbers on white uniforms.


STREAK IS OVER

Montrose snapped the longest District 2 losing streak on Saturday with a 27-8 victory over Holy Cross. The Meteors' losing streak was at 35 before the win. Holy Redeemer ended its 22-game losing streak earlier in the year by defeating Holy Cross 33-21.


The longest recent losing streak was by Western Wayne, which lost 41 in a row before defeating Susquehanna 21-6 in the second week of the 2008 season.


North Pocono now holds the district's longest losing streak at 19 games.


ODD RULE

Dallas quarterback Ryan Zapoticky dropped back to pass Saturday night, had his facemask grabbed 9 yards behind the line, spun away and was sacked for about a 12-yard loss.


The facemask penalty was determined incidental – which it was – but is a spot foul, meaning the yardage is marking from where the infraction occurred. Since it happened 9 yards behind the line, Dallas ended up on the losing end of a Crestwood's 5-yard penalty.


The penalty occurred on a first-and-10. Dallas got the down back, but it became a first-and-14.


Times Leader Player Of The Week


Jimmy Strickland



QB – Holy Redeemer


Strickland threw for a WVC-record 488 yards and five touchdowns as the Royals defeated Hanover Area 47-37. He connected on 26 of 40 attempts and had four of his TD throws in the first half as Redeemer built a 33-7 halftime lead.


Strickland also rushed for two touchdowns and led Redeemer in rushing with 32 yards.


 



Given Consideration


Josh Colley – WR – Tunkhannock


Zac Evans – RB – Coughlin


Nick O'Brien – QB – Wyoming Area


 



Past Winners



Week One


Mike Baur – QB – Wyo. Valley West



Week Two


Jay Popson – QB – Crestwood



Week Three


Dustin Jones – RB – Lake-Lehman



Week Four


Derrick Simms – RB – Wyo. Valley West



Week Five


Nick O'Brien – QB – Wyoming Area



Week Six


Lucas Benton – WR/RB – GAR



Week Seven


Nick O'Brien – QB – Wyoming Area





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