Prep Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, August 4, 1997

OIA to consider 16-team
football playoff format

By Pat Bigold

The Oahu Interscholastic Association is considering a 16-team playoff format this year that would qualify all but five teams in the league for postseason play.

The idea to expand from the current 12-team playoffs was formulated by a panel of athletic directors in the hope that it would bolster revenues from the sport.

The proposal will be presented tonight at Aiea High School to the league's football coaches. The athletic directors will vote on it on Aug. 11 and the principals will have the final say on Aug. 25.

None of the 16 teams would have a bye in the playoffs.

All seven teams from the Red Conference, five from the White and four from the Blue would qualify for postseason.

Leilehua athletic director Richard Townsend, the OIA football coordinator, said the expanded championship playoffs idea is better than resorting back to the consolation playoffs format the league once conducted.

Waianae AD Harry Mitsui, who helped design the proposal, said the formula will increase interest and attendance.

But Waipahu AD Keith Morioka expressed concern that the lengthier format will add physical wear to the OIA's eventual representative in the Prep Bowl title game.

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