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Football playoff format changed

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By Paul Gable

For the 2008 football season, the football playoffs will turn back into history as the Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced that the playoff format would change this fall.

The last two seasons, the four teams qualifying from within a district played each other in the first and second rounds based on district records.

This season, schools participating in Class 1A-Class 5A will return to "out of district" cross bracketing beginning with the first round.

Grant County is a member of Class 5A, District IV, along with South Oldham, Anderson County, Oldham County and Jeffersontown. The top four teams advancing to the playoffs will compete against teams from Class 5A, District III. The district is comprised of Doss High School (7-5, second round of the playoffs), John Harden High School (12-1 third round of the playoffs), Iroquois High School (0-11, first round of the playoffs) and Waggener High School (2-9, first round of the playoffs).

Last season, Anderson County went 10-0 during the regular season, but were not declared district champs due to a loss in the second round of the playoffs, something that Grant County High School football coach Mike Davis believes will change under the new format.

"The regular season now means something, and it will determine who the district championship is from now on," Davis said.

Grant County's first district opponent will be their third of the season when they travel to Anderson County, who defeated the Braves 24-20.

Davis said the change to the playoff format will force his team to "be prepared earlier in the season because the district games are not at the end of the season."

"I am in favor of it. Football has to go this way. We'll go out and compete the best we can and build this program up," Davis said.