Missouri high school playoff system to change in 2012

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The Associated Press

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 7 at 1:09 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri high school football playoffs will undergo a major change in the fall of 2012.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association decided Saturday that one regular season game will be eliminated and a single-elimination tournament will start in the 10th week.

Currently, the top two or three teams from each district advance to the playoffs after a 10-game regular season that closes with three district games.

Under the new system, champions of eight-team district tournaments advance to the quarterfinals. Classes 1-4 and 6 will go into the playoffs. But Class 5 may award byes in some districts because of its large size.

Association spokesman Jason West told The Springfield News-Leader Wednesday that the new system makes football like other sports, and allows teams to schedule for multiple years.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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