These are my first round picks and scores as well as my next round match-ups.
This is what the bracket would have looked like if it were a 12 team bracket with Top 4 RPI A Seeds getting first round byes, Declo being the lowest RPI Ranked A Seed would play-in against the lowest ranked at-large bid. All B Seeds (except Dsitrict 4) would also be paired with an at-large bid or another B Seed in Ranking by the RPI.
Teams eliminated in this Bracket would be Salmon, Malad, Nampa Christian, and Cole Valley Christian.
Huge shout out to West Side on the amazing year! Congrats on the Championship and huge win over a previously thought of unbeatable team. I watched this games ending but if anyone was at the game could fill us in on how West Side pulled this one off? I know it has alot to do with their powerful defense but any more info would be much appreciated.
I was at the game and here are my observations.
1. I think MD was overlooking WS just a bit. They like a lot of other people thought the championship was played the week before.
2. WS played excellent defense. The adjustments made were spot on. MD's great receiver was limited to one catch for 14 yards. That was on the first drive. The great QB that MD has was also limited in what he wanted to do. WS tackled better in that game than they had all year. And they are a good tackling team.
3. MD trailed early. Probably for the first time all year. It also was only 7-7 at halftime. Most of the time the game was over for MD after halftime. A low scoring game was going to benefit WS. I don't know if conditioning was an issue for MD. They were much bigger than WS across the board, but maybe wind was an issue later in the game.
4. WS made some defense adjustments that limited MD in what they normally did. It was a solid defensive plan for WS. I didn't follow MD, other than scores, so I don't know if what adjustments they made. They made some changes at halftime that were obvious to me. WS has been a good 3rd quarter team all year and they looked bad in the third quarter in the game. They looked tired and beatup a little on offense, no energy, but the defense (who are the same kids) looked energized and tough. WS had to come in and play a nearly flawless game. They didn't do that. 3 turnovers. They also dropped 2 wide open interceptions. One that probably could have scored with a pick 6.
5. MD's choice to go for the win with the 2 point conversion was gutsy. I thought it was a poor decision. My thoughts were, if it were going into OT that the advantage would be to MD. The play call on the 2 point try was a mystery to me. Two hand offs that takes the ball all the way back to the 20 yard line? It might have worked all year for them. I don't know. #44 had been only getting stronger as the game went on. A hand off to him would have been a better call, in my judgement. They also had a 7 footer at TE that they could have just thrown it up to him in a jump ball situation. These of course are just the observations from the sideline. I really don't know the personnel or coaches of MD.
Bottom line for me. MD did not capitalize on WS mistakes. I don't know if that was arrogance or if WS's D was just that good. I was one of those that looked at WS this year and saw it as kind of a "rebuilding" year. I knew WS would be better than most people thought. I thought they were good enough to win another district championship, but to make the run through the playoffs like they did was certainly extraordinary. Congratulations to West Side! This was a hard earned championship. But it was earned.
I was not able to attend but watched in on NFHS. WS was obviously outmatched physically but obviously had the upper hand in coaching. The WS D was a step ahead of everything McCall tried to do. West Side offense was able to do what most wing t teams want to do, put together some long clock eating drives. Their turnovers could have cost them the game, but some gutsy calls at the end gave them the lead and put all the pressure on McCall. West Side kids just wanted it more. Give credit to WS coaching staff for having their team believing they could win that game.