Supporters like Masconomet head coach Jim Pugh have heard the arguments from those who say it could hurt traditional Thanksgiving Day matchups. That tradition will survive, he told The Salem News earlier this month.
“Overall, it’s the best thing for high school football. It’ll make the whole year so much more exciting,” he said. “All you have to do is look at Marblehead and Beverly right now; there’s a good chance one of those teams could finish 10-1 and be going home for the year. Next season, that won’t happen.”
Exploring a format that gives more teams — and thereby more student-athletes — the chance to be part of a state tournament is a goal well worth a try, and deserves at least a two-year trial run. Let the new playoff rounds begin.