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California HS football playoffs selection process under fire

By Evan Hilbert |

A questionable point system in a California high school football district led to a controversial pick for a district's final playoff spot.

Cathedral City High School was left out of the playoffs despite posting an 8-2 mark, while Arlington, sitting at 3-6, was instead selected.

Here's how it all went down (details via USA Today): The selection committee uses a point system for determining which teams are most deserving of playoff bids, and that point system heavily relies upon strength of schedule.

And, since Arlington played a tougher schedule than Cathedral City, they were deemed the more deserving side, despite the fact that Cathedral City defeated La Quinta, who just so happens to be a No. 1 seed in the upcoming playoffs and a top 10 team in the area.

So, basically, it is better to play a difficult schedule and lose than it is to be successful, even dominant, against a weaker schedule. And, just to add some salt in Cathedral City's wounds, the committee decided just last year that teams with losing records were still eligible for playoff selection.

In the end, it all added up to a perfect storm for Cathedral City.

“Most everybody agreed that they need to tweak the system a little,” an opposing coach said this weekend, according to the paper. “I thought having a .500 record to be considered was a good deal. I don't know why they did away with that. I'm still speechless about it, to be honest.”

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