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November 2, 2012

Jumpers start playoff journey by hosting Shelby Valley

Somerset —  

The “regular season” is over for high school football in Kentucky. Each team across the state has played ten games, some of which were in the districts assigned by the Kentucky High School Athletics Association. Depending on how well they did in their districts, some of the high school teams in Kentucky have the privilege of competing for the state championship in their class.
It’s called, “the playoffs.”
These playoffs take place in six separate “classes,” based upon the size of the school.  Somerset is in Class 2A. Pulaski County is in Class 5A. Southwestern is also in Class 5A, but, sadly, the beautiful and brilliant playoff run the team had last year was not to be repeated. The lights at the Reservation have already been turned off for the season.
The “playoffs” are referred to by many as a time of turning off the Friday Night Lights.
Thirty two teams have made the playoffs in Class 2A. Only half get to play at home, because of their regular season record. That tournament process is called “seeding”: the best teams are the higher seeds and they get to play the lower seeds in a process which theoretically assures the two best teams will be the last teams standing four weeks from now.
Between now and then, the field will be cut in half each week.
Tonight, only 16 teams will be left standing.
Next Friday night, there will be eight.
The week after, there will be four, then two, then one.
The Somerset Football Briar Jumpers have never survived the process to be the last team standing.
Tonight, they enter the tournament as a “one” seed. Their regular season record has qualified them to stay at home and keep their lights on for a long time, potentially for four games.

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