PIAA: Sched­ule is­sue

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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.

Sched­ule change

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.

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