Lopes Beat Mustangs And Crane Has The Bye?

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We all agree no system is perfect and the seeding system used by the OSAA is certainly no exception. As the 1A eight man football teams prepare to start the playoffs this weekend, a major point of conversation is one team playing while a second team has an extra week to prepare.

The Adrian Antelopes (7-2 overall, 6-0 1A Special District 2-East) host the Dufur Rangers (4-4 overall, 4-2 1A Special District 2-West) on Friday, Nov. 4 with a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Perfect in league play, the Lopes dropped a season nonleague opener to Lost River (8-1 overall, 5-0 1A Special District 1-South), the current three in the seedings. Adrian also lost to Powder Valley (9-0 overall, 6-0 1A Special District 2-West) on Oct. 21. The Badgers start the playoffs as the second seed. Adrian dropped two games, both nonleague, both to current top three teams in the state.

While Adrian is hosting Dufur, Crane will wait until next week for a game as the Mustangs received a bye as the fourth seed in the bracket.

Crane (8-1 overall, 5-1 1A Special District 2-East), on paper finished the season with a better record than the Lopes. The problem faced by the OSAA is the single loss by Crane came at the hands of…Adrian. Playing in Adrian on Sept. 30, the Antelopes downed the Mustangs, 38-16 in a league game.

While Crane did not play Lost River or Powder Valley this season, the Mustangs did beat three other teams in nonleague action (Myrtle Point, 44-42), (Dufur, 38-8) and (Enterprise, 80-34).

Although certainly not the intent of the OSAA, the precedent set in this instance appears to the casual fan that league games do not count in comparison to an overall record.

Scheduling nonleague games is tricky. Pick up tough teams too early and you start in a hole in the rankings come league time. Pick up easy teams too early and your team won’t be ready for a league schedule. The constant for all teams is the requirement to play those teams in your league.

Should Adrian have the bye rather than Crane? Should both have a bye? To further complicate this issue, Adrian beat Crane who beat Myrtle Point during the season. Myrtle Point is seeded one spot higher than the Antelopes.     

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