Richmond, VA (WWBT)- This past football season, Meadowbrook and Cosby both finished the season 9-1, but fell short of the playoffs, based on the Central Region's four team format. Many of the coaches, including Meadowbrook's Troy Taylor and Cosby's Pete Mutascio, called for changes in the system, and now those changes may be on the verge of taking place.
Five area athletic directors have developed a proposed solution called the 8/6 plan. It calls for at least six teams getting into the regional playoffs in both Division 5 and Division 6, based on district champions and the VHSL power rating system. If there are more teams with winning records, the next two highest rated teams would be added, making an eight team playoff. If just one team has a winning record, only that team would be added as a seventh playoff team.
In a six team format, the top two seeds would receive a first round bye. A seven team bracket would have the top seed earning a bye, while an eight team playoff would have all eight teams playing in the first round. Had this plan been in place for the 2011 season, six teams would have been in the Division 5 bracket, while eight Division 6 teams would have made the playoffs, including Meadowbrook and Cosby.
The four districts that make up the Central Regions each held their football meetings recently and each took an informal vote. According to an e-mail sent from one local athletic director to the other Central Region athletic directors explaining and proposing the 8/6 plan, a tally found the coaches voted 32-1 in favor of playoff expansion.
The Central Region athletic directors are expected to vote on the 8/6 plan at their January 18 meeting. Following that vote, the plan would go to the principals.