Varsity Preps

Kosnitzky’s Korner: Blowout Games, Good for High School?


When nationally ranked, Miramar High (4-0) takes on district opponent Davie Western (0-4) this weekend, they will enter as a 61 pt favorite.  St. Thomas Aquinas is a 54 point favorite over Ft. Lauderdale Nova and Bradenton Manatee is 63 point favorite over Southeast.  Why are we having these games? 


In a sport that is supposed to help shape young men into productive members of society what is there to gain when placing teams which are embedded with D1 talent against a school that would not compete with the superior team’s  junior varsity.  With the use of the running clocks to minimize the embarrassment, one may ask also how this helps the better team who is trying to improve their product on the field?


To the credit of the Florida High School Athletic Association for pairing up comparable teams into certain districts at times.  District 16-7A is a perfect example which links up Miami Springs, Westland Hialeah, American, Mourning,  Mater Academy and Hialeah Miami Lakes.  While the two playoff teams will get clobbered by Plantation and St. Thomas Aquinas from 15-7A in the opening playoff round, they at least get the opportunity to have a meaningful experience.


 Typically, schools like Columbus and Cypress Bay attempt to upgrade their out of district schedules to prepare them for post season play.  These schools follow the motto that to be the best, one must play the best.  University School offers a great example by adding games against Central and Manatee this year.  Miami Southwest, on the other hand, may finish 9-1 or 10-0 this regular season due to a very favorable schedule.  Their focus may be different than other teams.


There are pros and cons to both philosophies   The risk for the Explorers and Lightning  is that if you are in a rebuilding year (cough!, cough!),  it may not be productive to play an American Heritage Plantation or St. Thomas Aquinas.  This year they may have been better off just being Miami Southwest.





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