The 1996-1997 Carol City Chiefs won back-to-back 6A state titles, the biggest classification at the time. Over those two years, the Chiefs outscored their 10 playoff opponents 295-117. In 1997, Walt Frazier's undefeated Chiefs faced off in the 6A final with Columbia. The Chiefs, led by senior quarterback Ethenic Sands, entered that game ranked No. 4 nationally by USA Today and No. 1 in the state. Sands went on to play for the U.
As a coach, you get way more benefits from Day One. You’re guaranteed six games as opposed to one the second day. As others have said, sometimes it’s just not worth it to rally the troops for what could be one game.
Thank you. So, to my point, almost half the teams returned for Day 2, lost their opening game in the tournament bracket and then had to pack it up and head home. The "guaranty" of playing only one game on Day 2 might not be enough to warrant a team on limited resources from paying for hotel rooms or mobilizing the squad for a return trip. Just something for the organizers to consider . . . especially if they truly want to make this a state-wide tournament. If nothing else, consider a loser's bracket, perhaps with the winner of the loser's bracket getting the final spot in the Elite 8. In other words, make it worth the effort for teams to return on Day 2.