Times, they are a’changin’
by DYLAN BROSSETTE
In a bold move this week, historic prep football powers John Curtis and Evangel finally managed to claw their way back to the top of the LHSAA classifications after being unceremounisly booted back to class 2A some 15 years ago. Teurlings and STM went, too, because, ya’ know – monkey see, monkey do.
All the programs have said the right things. Walked the right walk and talked the right talk. While I wholly understand Curtis’ decision, they already dominate inferior schools with ease and could use the bigger competition. I do not understand the other schools’ moves to follow at all.
I’ve played against John Curtis. They pounded my high school team 55-0 during the semifinals my senior year of high school in 2009. They are beyond a machine. There are no words for a team of their caliber playing at the prep level. It stands to reason they will have similar success at the 5A level. I cannot fathom why other schools would willingly move into a race for second place.
However, Teurlings principal Mike Boyer cleared that up Tuesday, saying it was more monetarily driven because of the limited size of the Division II bracket in which all 3A and 4A “select” schools competed in 2013.
Aha! There it is. There’s what we’ve known all along. While the talking heads at the LHSAA spout off about balancing of competition and other drab commentary, we see to what sports in our state have been reduced. It’s no longer about competitive fairness, it’s about recouping losses in athletic departments. These schools know they won’t win, but they would rather have a shot at playing more games and making more money than trying to win. I know that’s cynical of me, and I understand that David beats Goliath on occasion. However, seeing as Evangel is usually the only team that consistently challenges Curtis, well.. You know.
From a fan’s perspective, I am excited at the high level of football now being played in that division. From an objective side, I feel bad for all the teams whose shot at a title just went out the window.For the complete story and more local news, please subscribe to Jennings Daily News by clicking subscribe or by calling 337-824-3011.
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