Head-to-head could carry more weight in rankings

Change is coming to a degree in how the Florida High School Athletic Association handles the playoff poll as well as seeding for the state semifinals in football.

The FHSAA Athletic Directors Advisory Committee voted 10-4 last Wednesday to put more emphasis on head-to-head matchups when it came to playoff consideration. Final approval by the FHSAA board of directors is still pending for the change to take effect this fall.

The head-to-head factor will come into play if two teams are ranked next to each other. That was the case for Navarre this season. The Raiders (6-4) finished ninth in the final poll despite crushing Crestview 52-14 in the regular-season finale. The Bulldogs (5-5) got the eighth and final playoff spot despite that loss.

Navarre head coach Jay Walls said that while head-to-head consideration is important, he doesn’t like the fact that there are factors in the poll that are out of a team’s control.

Read the full article in the Feb. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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