PIAA: Schedule issue
champion the weekend of Oct. 31. The winner advances to the first round of the PIAA playoffs to face the District 11 champion.
That means either Old Forge or Holy Cross would need to cancel their final regular-season game. Old Forge is home against Lackawanna Trail; Holy Cross is home against Susquehanna.
However, it appears District 11 is headed toward opting out of the PIAA playoffs. District 11 officials will vote Wednesday on a proposal to opt out of the state playoffs and have an extended district playoffs. Should District 11 stay in the PIAA playoffs, the winner of the Old Forge-holy Cross game set for Oct. 10 would have to be ready to play in the state bracket three weeks later.
The PIAA will provide more direction at its next scheduled board meeting Oct. 7, according to PIAA Executive Director Robert Lombardi.
The District 2 Committee will meet Oct. 1 to discuss the schedule logjam and create its football postseason format.
The approved state brackets also create a tight window for District 2 football playoffs, which most likely provide for title games only.
In Class 2A, the District 2 champion will open the PIAA playoffs against the District 11 champion the weekend of Nov. 6-7. That leaves no open date for a District 2 championship game because the LFC schedule concludes the weekend of Oct. 30-31, leaving a scenario where the team with the best power rating would represent District 2.
Again, if District 11 opts out, it allows a week for a championship game.
There are five Class 2A teams in District 2. Northwest Area is already 2-0 and Riverside is 0-2. The rest of the field includes Dunmore, Lackawanna Trail and Susquehanna.
The situation is similar in Class 6A. The District 2 champion will meet the winner of the District 4-6 subregional on the weekend of Nov. 6-7. Like in Class 2A, the champion must be declared the week before.
Wilkes-barre Area (2-0) is scheduled at Wyoming Valley West, Hazleton Area (0-2) is home against Williamsport, and Scranton is at Wallenpaupack on Oct. 30. Delaware Valley has a bye that week, but also only has four regular-season games.
In order to play a District 2 championship game, the Oct. 30 schedule would need to be adjusted.
In Class 5A, the District 2 or District 11 champion would also need to be declared before Nov. 13-14. Teams from Districts 2 and 11 compete as part of a subregional for seeding purposes. Districts 2 and 11 would need to agree on the procedure for determining the representative whether it be based on rating points or a championship game.
Class 4A and Class 3A teams have an open week Nov. 6-7 to determine the District 2 champion.
The most-likely scenario would be the top teams based on the power rating would play the weekend of Nov. 6-7. In Class 4A, the District 2 champion would advance to play the District 11 champion. Without a District 11 champion, it would give Class 4A teams a chance to host a semifinal and a final.
In Class 3A, the District 2 champion would play the District 3 champion on the weekend of Nov. 13-14.
For this season only because of the coronavirus pandemic, the PIAA also approved a motion allowing teams that do not qualify for the postseason and have reduced seasons to schedule additional regular-season games, but not to exceed the maximum of 10, up until the Nov. 27-28 weekend.
Also, teams that lost the fall sports season will be provided an alternate reduced schedule option for the spring, but would not have state playoffs.
Susquehanna at Montrose, the annual Battle for the Blue Stone trophy, is rescheduled for Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.
Because of a shortage of available officials for a ninegame opening Friday night, Bill Schoen, the assigner, requested a game be moved.