By Dave Reardon
The following is from reader Ron Tang:
Hooray for both of your articles on consolidating our high school football teams. I have been a strong advocate of having one league "High School Prep Football" where essentially there are only two major divisions: Red and White (your suggestion for 3 divisions is also viable). The huge disparity that exists today in both leagues manifests itself in the significant number of injuries I have witnessed this season.
Our grandson plays for Pac-5 who just played Punahou. Obviously they were clearly outranked. To say that they were struggling and tired would be an understatement and yet they continued to give their best. I empathize with the players who try so hard to make a difference and are unable to do so because the big guys they are playing against are truly BIG guys! St. Francis forfeited their game against St. Louis but if you read their tweets on Facebook, they were begging to play. After all, that is what they have been practicing for all season…a chance to play.
Wth only two or three divisions in one league, all of our boys will have a chance to play among their peers and there will be no embarrassment of a forfeit or being "crushed" by such ridiculous scores as 65-0 or 59-7. Our boys can hold their heads up instead of down and be proud of what they accomplished on the field.
Parents of msimatched schools should ban together and demand the HHSA do something to change or improve the competitive balance in high school football. Ten years is a bit too long to sit and do nothing.
Let's play fair.
The following is from a reader who prefers to remain anonymous:
I just finished your article in the Sunday Star Advertiser and was wondering if you know how Kaiser got “back” from the Red Division into the White Division. Was it because of their poor showing in the 2011 season? If so, too bad!
Coach Miano seems to be running up the scores, keeping his first string players in the game, even after being up by 35 points and likes to humiliate the other White Division teams by beating them into the ground. I would like to see Kaiser go up against Kahuku and get their (butt) handed to them like they do to their White Division opponents. Then Coach Miano will know what humility is all about! I think that the other White Division coaches have more class, as they are not trying to make their resumes look “good” for moving on to college football.
If changes need to be taken and it will take 10 years to do it, then make it a rule next season that ANY team that averages more than 35 points over it’s division opponents automatically moves to the higher division for three (3) seasons. I think that will produce less blowouts, less forfeits and hopefully less injuries. Do you think that such a simple change could take 10 years to implement?
I like to see the smaller White Division schools be able to compete with one another with a better than average chance of winning the game, rather than thinking about how much they will lose by to Kaiser.
I don’t expect a reply, but please continue pursuing this inequity issue in your column. Could you poll the coaches and athletic heads in all leagues and publish this poll? I know that this poll won’t change the minds of the HHSAA, but it will give them something to think about. Maybe then will the HHSAA committee make necessary changes.