New Playoffs Scoring System Changes Playoff Possibilities For Wyandotte Football


Jake Conz

Running the ball, junior running back Elvis Valverde tries to keep the ball in Wyandotte’s possession.

For the first time since 1999, MHSAA has decided to change the football playoff points scoring system in a way that will reward teams for playing bigger schools.
“The new plan gives weight to strength of schedule, rewarding bonus points to a team for all of its opponents’ wins. Beating a good team still reaps high reward, but — unlike the current system — losing to a good team also has its benefits,” Lee Thompson in said.
This change has helped Wyandotte Football this season for big games like Woodhaven. Although the Bears lost, they still gained 60 points towards playoffs for playing a Division 1 team. It was also very beneficial for games against other division one schools, such as Taylor and Edsel Ford.
“Taylor is a division one school and we beat them, so we will get extra points for the teams that they’ve played against and had victories against. It will add six points to our power rating for each win they have,” Coach Adams said.
However, not every game Wyandotte played this season was as beneficial as games against teams such as Taylor.
“The win over Lincoln Park gave them the next most playoff points, as they are division 2 (enrollments of 1150-1486). Then the [Southgate] Anderson win gave us the least amount of points, as they are division 3,” Derek Hoffman said.
Teams get more points and a higher power score if they play a bigger division. This decision was made in hopes that teams would try to play bigger schools and get different teams to play one another.
“We still get points for competing against [a division 1 team] because they are a bigger school. Right now in high school football, they’re having a hard time finding teams that will play some of the bigger and better teams, so they made an incentive to do so,” Adams said.
MHSAA also got rid of the automatic qualifiers, which gives teams even further incentive to play against bigger schools because that is their best chance of making it to the playoffs.
Before the new scoring system, stated that if teams finished their season with six wins, or five wins with an eight game schedule, they would automatically be entered into the playoffs, but with the new system, winning six games won’t necessarily get a team into the playoffs.
All the new rules in place for playoff scoring make the football game on Friday against Trenton a big game for both schools; both schools most likely need to win if they want to make it to the playoffs.
“I’m not worried about the playoffs, I’m worried about Trenton right now. I want to play Trenton, I want to beat Trenton and I think if we win on Friday, we’re going to be in [the playoffs], but even I couldn’t give you a 100% guarantee,” Adams said.
If Wyandotte beats Trenton on friday, they are almost guaranteed a place in the playoffs, but there is still a chance to be at the playoffs even if Wyandotte loses.
“Wyandotte is the 31 seed out of the 32 teams that make the playoffs. If they win, they will be in for sure. If they lose, it would take a miracle to still get in. It is likely that at least 2 of those teams [below Wyandotte] will win their game, and in doing so, they will jump Wyandotte in playoff points. Which would bump Wyandotte out of the top 32,” Hoffman said.
Although it is unlikely, Wyandotte has a chance to be in the playoffs whether they win or lose to Trenton on friday at their last game of the season.