Brian McCallum Florida Today
Published 2:44 PM EDT Oct 10, 2019
Playing a tough schedule. It's long been a plan for coaches throughout sports, based on the theory that tough competition improves a team as the season progresses.
Some Brevard County high school football coaches have found that playing tough competition breeds other positives, as well.
In the first FHSAA power points standing released Tuesday, Rockledge and Cocoa were first in their regions. The formula will be used to determine at-large qualification and seeding for the playoffs set to begin in four weeks.
But there were some rankings of area teams that may have been surprises to some. Holy Trinity, at 4-3, was No. 2 in Region 2-3A. Space Coast (3-2) was No. 5 in Region 2-4A, and Bayside (2-4) was 10th in 3-6A, within striking distance of a postseason berth.
The reason we're where we are is because most of the teams we've played are either 5-1 or 4-2, Bears coach Corey Broomfield said Thursday. It's a win-win when you play a schedule like that.
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The power points formula, new this year, combines each team's winning percentage with its opponents' winning percentage and its opponents' opponents' winning percentage.
In classes 5A and larger, the four district champions in each region will make the playoffs, along with the four highest-rated teams in each region, based on power points. In the smaller classes, 4A and below, the six highest-rated teams make the field.
Rockledge, the top seed in all of Class 5A based on a .747 power points average, has played four Florida teams that have either been ranked or gotten votes in the Associated Press polls of Florida sports writers this year. The winning percentage of the Raiders' opponents is .758.
Cocoa, the top seed in Region 2-4A, has an opponents' winning percentage of .661.
Space Coast, currently in line to make the field at No. 5 in 2-4A, has played 6-1 Melbourne but also against 4-3 Holy Trinity and 2-4 Bayside. The opponents' opponents' winning percentage for the teams the Vipers have played is .574.
While Bayside's winning percentage is .333, the Bears have played teams with a winning percentage of .775. Broomfield knows his team has work to do to rise enough in the standings to make the field, but in the second year of the young coach's rebuilding project, he's used the positive showing to encourage his players.
I showed them the standings yesterday, he said. This is why I love the RPI thing. It rewards the district champion, but it also means the season isn't over for others.
Nate Hooks said he created his Holy Trinity schedule with the formula in mind.
The scheduling is strategic. These are the results that I wanted, especially to have Space Coast, Eau Gallie and Cocoa (on the schedule). Those are what I call 'play-up games.'
Behind only Lakeland Christian in 2-3A, the Tigers still have that Cocoa game to raise their averages, but even now, Holy Trinity's three contributing factors are above .500, with a winning percentage of .471, opponents' winning percentage of .543 and opponents' opponents' winning percentage of .526.
We have a shot to get that number one spot, Hooks said as his team prepared to face 4-2 Coral Springs Charter, with a winning percentage of .667. We're sitting in a really good spot based on our schedule.
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Bayside at Heritage, 7 p.m.
Rockledge at Merritt Island, 7
Space Coast at Astronaut, 7
St. Cloud at Melbourne, 7
Tohopekaliga DeLand at Viera, 7
Pt. Orange Atlantic at Eau Gallie, 7
Coral Springs Charter at Holy Trinity, 7
Cornerstone Charter at Cocoa Beach, 7
Cypress Creek at Titusville, 7
Satellite at Orangewood Christian, 7
MIC at St. John Lutheran, 7