Thursday, November 16, 2006
Few final notes from football
It’s time to put a wrap on the 11-game high school football season.
Above all else, The South Reporter crew – made up of myself, Claude Vinson, Lawrence White and Ronnie Day - says thanks to the coaches in Marshall County for letting us roam the sidelines with them in 2006.
When you photograph a college or professional football game, you have a restricted area from where to shoot. That’s not so in high school. We’re right there amongst the coaches and players, and truly feel a part of the team.
Thanks, in particular, to Clifford Brown (Holly Springs High School), Wade Griffin (Marshall Academy) and Devin Rutherford (Byhalia High School). Your cooperation, on the field and off, helps us do our jobs better.
Special congratulations to Coach Brown and his Hawks on making the state playoffs for the second straight year.
Lots of folks had questions about the Mississippi Private School Association power point system following the story I wrote last week about Marshall just missing the playoffs. In case you missed it, Indianola had a 10.6 power point rating and earned a wildcard berth in the postseason. MA had a 10.4 power point rating.
Here’s the explanation that was posted on the MPSA website - www.mpsa.org.
“We had a couple of questions about the ratings for these two schools (Indianola and Marshall).
“The Football Committee has set up a wild card system based on a power point rating. To calculate the rating for any team, the number of power points earned is divided by the number of ‘power point teams’ played.
“In Marshall’s case, even though their overall record is 5-6, their game versus Rossville (non-MPSA school) does not affect their power point rating in any way.
“By our calculations, Marshall had 89 power points going into the final week of regular season. By beating WMCS, a Class A school, they picked up another 12 points. They also picked up 3 more points because three of the teams that beat them over the course of the season (Mag. Hts., Kirk, Lee) also won their last games. By our count, 89+12+3 would give Marshall 104 points. To calculate the power point rating, divide Marshall’s 104 points by the number of games that they played against ‘power point teams,’ which would be 10. Their rating would be 10.4.
“By our calculations, Indianola also went into the final week with 89 points. They lost to Leake. Since Leake has a record of 11-0, Indianola picked up 12 points from that one game... 1 point for each of their wins... and 1 additional point because they are a Class AA school. In addition, five of the schools that beat them this year (Lee, Winston, Porters Chapel, Oak Hill, Kirk) won last night (November 3), giving Indianola an additional 5 points. Therefore, their total number of power points would be 89+12+5...which yields a total of 106. They also played 10 games. Therefore, their rating would be 106/10, or 10.6.”
Well, there you have it. Hope you’re not confused. Maybe it’s sort of like the BCS in college football.
By the way, Indianola lost 35-0 to Winston last week in round one.
Jumping over to college football briefly, my alma mater, the University of North Alabama, is 10-0 and advancing to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Two former Holly Springs High School Hawks play for the Lions. Jason Campbell is a senior defensive back. His younger brother, Joemal Campbell, is a junior wide receiver.
Jason Campbell has played in nine games and posted 16 tackles (six solos and 10 assists), one interception and two break-ups.
Joemal Campbell has played in eight games with eight receptions for 82 yards, an average of 10.2 yards per catch. His longest catch was 37 yards.
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