Originally Posted by Purple88
Originally Posted by 74devil
Originally Posted by zoneblitz2
Originally Posted by Purple88
I'll begin with the challenges that face Central on the scheduling front. First, believe me, they don't want to play this type of schedule, and have repeatedly attempted to change it. There are teams in this area that refuse to schedule them. I've been told they have reached out to Barren County repeatedly and they are flatly refused. That is despite having an AD that is from there. The AD at Edmonson County was an assistant at Warren Central for five years in the early-2000s. I'm told they can't get Edmonson County to even call them back. And so on. I don't know if it is still to this extent but when things were still rolling back in 2012, Central had a hole in the schedule for the last week of the season. Green County had an available game that week. The AD at the time contacted them and was told (and I quote) - "We would rather play nine than play Warren Central." That's how they ended up playing Highlands in 2013 & 2014. Now at the time, that was because they were so good - I assume. I think they may still be paying for the cache of the name and/or how good they were earlier in the decade. Or perhaps some others just simply don't like them. But I think we all rightly think that Warren Central should be able to shake the trees and get competitive games, but it isn't that easy it would seem, and if it were, I am certain they would have done it by now.
That being said.....
There are certain realities that I have mentioned before that I don't think some at Central have fully come to grips with. I think they need to recognize that they are in (for lack of a better word) a war for their program's right to exist, with South Warren in particular. They bleed kids to that school like it is nothing. There is no reason to play them - none. They would not play Warren Central when they didn't think they could be competitive, and as far as I'm concerned, the Dragons should respond in kind. Like Green County, I would rather play nine than play that game. I tolerated this year and last since that was in a bowl game for which they get money. I've used the analogy on here before that essentially that was an FCS opponent getting money to go take a beating. Next year they have South Warren on the regular schedule in a home and home. Uh uh. I'd never do that, personally. I don't feel the same about Bowling Green in terms of a total war, though they lose kids there as well. But they also get some back. It is a point of pride for Central to play Bowling Green. I think that's something they really can't afford, but if they want to go that route, I can make an exception for that one. They've played every year since 1974, and I can appreciate that. (As an aside, with the advent of South Warren, it is remarkable how my viewpoints on Bowling Green have evolved. The Purples are a rival. South Warren is an extinction level event. Night and day.)
As for going the Barren County route - there is no reason to do that as I see at this moment. Franklin-Simpson is the only team in the district that Warren Central is laughably behind. But then, so is that entire district at the moment. We're three years removed from the last competitive game in that series, and while there won't be another on the horizon, it's still a far cry from Barren County who hasn't so much as scored double digits on Bowling Green since 1998. The Trojans have a long history of being non-competitive with a team like Bowling Green and South Warren would be exactly the same. They kept Greenwood and Grayson County on the schedule, so they didn't drop all of their former district-mates. Warren Central is likely still going to play Warren East and Allen County-Scottsville, even if they're not in the district. The margins may not look pretty, but they've given AC/S a fight in each of the last three years, and if they could have figured out how to score one of the FOUR times they were inside the Warren East 10, that 28-0 loss this year would look pretty different as well. Russell County comes in next year, and that's a program that has had wild swings up and down in the last several years. They're not a team to drop out of the district to avoid. So should they drop out of district to avoid a single team? I would say that is not the move to make.
Next year, Warren Central drops the Hardin County schools and Meade County. All of those are good moves. They pick up an extra district game in Russell County. They keep Monroe County on the schedule, which is easily the game that has been their most winnable. They pick up Russellville, a team I believe they would've beaten this season and a team that depending on the up and down swing for the Panthers, they can compete with. The Greenwood game moves to the bowl game, and again, that's a team that they can compete with. They pick up Apollo, which..... is not the best. I can't speak to that process. And then of course Bowling Green & South Warren. Perhaps Central needs to be more aggressive in shaking the trees of some far flung options like Clinton County or Ballard Memorial as Barren County has done. I personally see no reason that the Butler County's, Edmonson County's, Barren County's, etc. would not be willing to take a shot. I've said for years that my pitch would be "Did you ever want to beat us? Now is the time to take a shot." I believe Edmonson County and Barren County in particular would have been competitive, down the middle probability games this season.
TL/DR - Warren Central is trying to schedule better. But you'd be surprised how little cooperation they get from programs they seek out.