James Burns: What I would change about prep football

November 29, 2008 

JAMES BURNS

The power to change one thing about high school football...

Oh, the possibilities.

I could tweak the officiating or the playoff system, but those two issues have been beaten to death in print and online.

No, my change would have little to with the game itself, and more to do with the production.

Currently, in leagues like the Central California Conference and Western Athletic League, the freshmen play on Thursdays and the JV and varsity on Friday nights.

With a wave of my wand, I'd shift the doubleheader, pairing the frosh and JV teams together on Thursday.

The freshman team would kickoff at 4 p.m., with the JV game to follow.

Friday would now belong solely to the varsity programs, giving each teams' best the ultimate showcase.

There's just one catch.

With another flick of my wand, I'd wipe out the 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. starts in favor of a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Far too many varsity contests have extended beyond 10:30 p.m. this fall, putting fans, coaches and players on the roadways at a dangerous hour of the night.

A 6 o'clock start would still give the working fan base plenty of time to get to the game, while ensuring everyone's at home -- and safe -- at a decent hour.

Now if only I had a magic wand.

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