Remember this number: 0.001.
If my math is correct, that number could be all that will likely separate the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League from moving up in football classification in the Central Coast Section.
Fans of local football have probably seen enough SCCAL football games this year to the point they believe the league is up there with some of the best.
But, the reality is, the league is in the C classification by the CCS. It is considered a weak league.
Thus, the league doesn’t get many pizza slices like the other leagues. It’s slim pickings. Only two teams get into the playoffs. If the third-place gets in, it’s because it’s 10-0. Oh wait, that’s impossible.
Hopefully things will change soon.
The CCS will calculate every game played by every team in every league and determine which leagues are put in the three classifications for 2013. Each team has a final ranking number that determines where it goes.
In 2011, it came down to the Mission Trail Athletic League and the SCCAL for the final B classification spot. The MTAL, with 2.153 points, earned it even though it had a down year, because the CCS takes into account the past two years of a league, and 2010 was a great year for the MTAL. The SCCAL just had 2.066 points by comparison.
It’s going to come down again to the MTAL and SCCAL for that final B classification spot this year.
Here’s why the SCCAL should move up:
• For starters, it has one team still playing: Aptos. The Mariners are going for a CCS championship today against Valley Christian.
• Aptos and Soquel, the only two league representatives in the playoffs, each got at least one win.
• The SCCAL is 8-6 against the MTAL in the past two years.
Although my feelings say to go with the SCCAL, math might not agree with me.
In doing the calculations that the CCS has established, even a win by Aptos would, by my math, give the SCCAL 2.084 points for a two-year period. The MTAL, by comparison, ended up with 2.085 points.
There is a provision, however, that allows for a committee to vote a league up or down based on performance.
Regardless of today’s championship game, I hope the committee considers moving the SCCAL back to a B classification. The league has done enough over the past two years to earn it.
Glenn Cravens is the sports editor of the Register-Pajaronian a follower of several high school football leagues. His commentary runs the first Saturday of every month. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/GlennAtTheRP.
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