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One player’s perspective on OSAA’s new 6A football playoff system: Consolation bracket still can be fun, but ‘teams 17-32 should still be in the state championship’ bracket

Lincoln graduate Brady Kopetz got a taste of the system during the spring lacrosse season.

By René Ferrán | Photos by Taylor Balkom 

Brady Kopetz has the perfect perspective for the OSAA’s new postseason format for Class 6A football. 

The OSAA announced last week that the lower bracket for teams seeded Nos. 17-32 in the 6A playoffs will be called the Columbia Cup and will not be considered a state championship tournament. The announcement has solicited some less-than-enthusiastic responses on social media.

Kopetz, who graduated from Lincoln in June, played for the Cardinals football team in the fall and lacrosse team in the spring.

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While the football team didn’t come close to qualifying for the state playoffs, the lacrosse team finished No. 21 in the state rankings, narrowly missing out on qualifying as an at-large team for the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association’s 24-team state championship bracket. 

Instead, they ended up the top seed in the Cascade Cup. Lincoln won four games and earned the lower bracket championship with a 12-9 victory over Hood River Valley.

“Playing in the Cascade Cup for my team was an overall great experience,” Kopetz said from Boulder, Colorado, where he is preparing for his freshman season as a preferred walk-on tight end for the Buffaloes.

“However, as we were the No. 1 seed, it did feel like we deserved to be in the State Cup, so the games did feel a lot less meaningful until we got to the final. Once we were there, the team treated it like a real championship game, and it was a blast. As it was most of our last games, we left it all out on the field and had a wonderful time celebrating the Cup.”

While Kopetz ended up enjoying the moment in lacrosse, he also said he doesn’t think the same setup will work for football.

“I remember hearing about Mountainside beating Tigard three years ago and imagined how electric that game must have been,” Kopetz said. “Those upsets and runs in the playoffs are what really makes them exciting to me.

“If you were to make a consolation bracket for football, I think it would be better with the teams who did not make the top 32, as that would give them a chance to earn more football, which I’m sure some teams would be thrilled about. But I believe teams 17-32 should still be in the state championship.” 

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