By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

OSAA leaves Amity football in the cold

Warriors left out of playoff picture despite Top 12 power ranking

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Forgive the football fans of Amity if they’re ready to move indoors for the winter.

The Warriors had a successful season on the gridiron, going 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the Class 3A West Valley League conference. Amity scheduled tough and played well, but ultimately was left on the outside of the 3A state playoff picture despite holding a No. 12 power ranking. (The power ranking system does not correlate as well with playoff seeding. Consider Imbler, with the No. 7 power ranking in Class 2A, which nevertheless missed the playoffs.)

The West Valley League did send four teams to the state playoffs, however, as Taft (No. 9 in the OSAA power rankings) was awarded the No. 9 seed. The Tigers lost to Scio, 52-34, on Nov. 7, ending their season.

Amity coaches were none too pleased – after all, the Warriors defeated the Tigers, 52-30, in Amity on Oct. 3. Taft finished its WVL schedule at 3-3, the same as the Warriors, but Amity theoretically had the tie-breaker.

Tigers fans, of course, will point to the better overall record that enabled them to jump up in the standings, but the Warriors have a thrust for that parry: Taft stacked its deck by scheduling a pair of Class 2A schools, Toledo and Santiam. (Amity scheduled Class 2A Reedsport this season.) Both the Tigers and the Warriors won their respective games over 2A opponents.

In theory, results against 3A competition should weigh more heavily when considering who deserves the at-large position in the Class 3A state playoffs. Of course, winning games is also highly important, and Amity plainly won fewer games than Taft did.

This is one avenue where the OSAA could step in and regulate competition between levels and take a greater interest in how schools schedule opponents. The state’s governing body for high school athletics has taken a laissez-faire approach to that issue in years past.

Little complaints, however, will continue to mount. There will always be someone left out of the picture – that’s the nature of culling the proverbial herd. At the same time, the OSAA could be more proactive in determining exactly what the playoff teams did that the non-playoff teams were unable to do.

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