When Parkway’s hardship appeal ruling is heard Wednesday, more teams than just the Panthers will be eagerly listening.
Of course Parkway’s playoff lives will be hanging in the balance, but fellow District 1-5A opponents Captain Shreve and Southwood as well as Class 3A BTW could gain entry into the playoffs based on this ruling.
Parkway beat all three teams while playing what the LHSAA initially ruled an ineligible player (played at the end of five total games), so these three teams would receive forfeit wins if the Panthers’ appeal fails.
Shreve (3-6, 0-4 – record doesn’t reflect Parkway forfeit) sits at No. 31 in Class 5A, according to the kenramsey.com power ratings. These ratings factor in a Parkway forfeit, so the Gators could use a Week 10 win against Southwood to make certain they get a playoff spot.
The Cowboys (2-7, 0-4) occupy the No. 33 position.
Thursday’s tilt at Lee Hedges Stadium likely serves as an elimination game for the loser even if Parkway forfeits.
Power ratings are determined by the result of a game (10 points for a win); if a team is playing an opponent of a higher classification, that team receives two points per class; and a team receives additional points based on the opponents’ record.
Southwood (9.73) and Shreve (9.89) receive 10 points for a forfeit win, but because Parkway’s record would drop from seven wins to three wins (if the Panthers beat Airline), those two teams gain only six additional points.
That would roughly change a power ranking approximately 0.6 points when averaged over 10 games, and the ratings above already reflect those changes. If Parkway wins the appeal, the winner might not be assured a playoff spot.
Fontainebleau is at No. 32 with a 9.89, technically tied with Shreve. The playoff brackets would be determined by the official LHSAA power ratings (after Week 10).
BTW (2-7) would also net six points from a forfeit win, bringing the total amount of points for the Parkway game to 17. The No. 29 Lions (9.33) might remain in the playoff picture even with a Week 10 loss to North Webster (6-3) based on the opponent strength of North Webster.
Teams that logged wins against Parkway – Byrd and Calvary – will have their ratings drop if the Panthers forfeit.
Calvary stands to lose the most because Byrd gets a bump from playing Captain Shreve and Southwood, whose ratings increased with Parkway’s forfeits.
The Cavs would likely drop out of the No. 1 seed in Division III, which could mean Calvary plays both Catholic-New Iberia and Riverside instead of just one in the playoffs.
“We’ve told the kids what we’ve heard … but the way we look at things is to not worry about playing this one or that one,” said Calvary coach John Bachman. “To win it all, you need to beat them all – it doesn’t matter when you play them.
“I don’t think it’s fair and it needs to be addressed … but life’s not fair.”
Byrd coach Mike Suggs said the Yellow Jackets would lose three points – the difference in the three Parkway forfeit opponents that Byrd didn’t play.
Byrd is still No. 1 in Class 5A by more than half a point even with the Parkway forfeit, according to the kenramsey.com ratings.
“It doesn’t have a major effect on us I don’t think,” said Byrd coach Mike Suggs. “It could drop us a spot, but maybe we get a better draw that way.”