2007 Parkway Panthers
(8-24-19) One of the top football teams in Parkway school history did not qualify for the OHSAA state football playoffs in 2007. The Panthers finished 9th in D V Region 10 behind Fairbanks, who was the last team to qualify in the region in the 8th spot.
Parkway went 8-2 on the season, the losses came to two state champions, Marion Local (D V) at 15-0 and Coldwater (D IV) at 14-1. Yet the Panthers never had the opportunity to play in a playoff game in D V.
Coach Ed Kuhn and the Panthers were loaded with talent, including QB/LB Jordan Thompson who went on to have an All-MAC career at Ohio University and managed a brief career in the NFL with Detroit.
2007 MAC Football Standings Teams MAC Overall 1. Marion Local 9-0 15-0 2. Coldwater 8-1 14-1 3. Parkway 7-2 8-2 4. Anna 6-3 7-3 5. St. Henry 5-4 6-4 6. Fort Recovery 4-5 5-5 7. Delphos St. John's 2-7 2-8 7. Versailles 2-7 2-8 7. New Bremen 2-7 2-8 10. Minster 0-9 0-10
- Marion Local won D V title over Youngstown Ursuline 20-14
- Coldwater won D IV title over Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 28-27
So how did this happen? Over the years of computer rankings and qualifying for the playoffs some flaws in the formula show up.
In 1993 Celina missed the playoffs (only 4 teams qualified in a region in five divisions) when they went 9-1, losing to conference and state champion St. Marys. In 2007 there were only six divisions, now there is seven divisions.
The Midwest Athletic Conference realized immediately that playing a 9-game conference schedule was the main reason why Parkway were left out. In 2007 in the MAC’s only non-conference games in week one they went 6-4. The odds that had the MAC teams played at least one more non-conference game Parkway most likely would have qualified for the opening playoff game.
How long did it take the MAC to act on changing from 9 conference games to just 8? Not long at all…it was the very next season (2008) that saw member schools scramble for that 2nd non-conference game as one conference game was eliminated. It paid off right away as in 2008 MAC teams would win 18 non-conference games, four members qualified for state and St. John’s (6-2 in the MAC) won the D VI state title….and the current scheduling continues today to help get members into the playoffs.
The ‘Parkway‘ Rule is the unofficial name for the change to two non-conference games, you probably won’t see it listed in the MAC by-laws, but the Panthers at least deserve that much for a great 2007 season.
The Western Buckeye League…did not change and they still play just one non-conference game.