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Power Point Standings Through Week 9
Top 16 Teams Make Playoffs in Each Class
 

6A Northern Region

Lake Braddock (295) 32.78
South County (284) 31.56
South Lakes (284) 31.56
Westfield (283) 31.44
Madison (278) 30.89
Hayfield (277) 30.78
Centreville (274) 30.44
West Potomac (265) 29.44
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T.C. Williams (253) 28.11
Battlefield (251) 27.89
Mount Vernon (239) 26.56
Patriot (238) 26.44
Oakton (230) 25.56
Robinson (226) 25.11
W.T. Woodson (221) 24.56
Annandale (220) 24.44
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Yorktown (219) 24.33*
Chantilly (218) 24.22
Washington-Lee (218) 24.22
West Springfield (193) 21.44
Langley (191) 21.22
Stonewall Jackson (211) 21.10
Herndon (183) 20.33
Osbourn (183) 20.33
McLean (181) 20.11
Osbourn Park (169) 18.78
Fairfax (164) 18.22

 

5A Northern Region

Brooke Point (298) 33.11
Massaponax (287) 31.89
Stone Bridge (285) 31.67
Potomac Falls (272) 30.22
Albemarle (267) 29.67
Broad Run (266) 29.56
Patrick Henry (Roa) (255) 28.33
North Stafford (247) 27.44
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Patrick Henry (Ash) (243) 27.00
Briar Woods (242) 26.89
Tuscarora (236) 26.22
Orange (229) 25.44
Atlee (227) 25.22
Falls Church (222) 24.67
Marshall (211) 23.44
Potomac (204) 22.67
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Lee (203) 22.56
Mountain View (203) 22.56
Stafford (200) 22.22
Stuart (193) 21.44
Halifax County (196) 19.60
Wakefield (174) 19.33
Edison (164) 18.22
Thomas Jefferson (90) 15.00

 

Power Points 101:

The Virginia High School League (VHSL) uses a mathematical formula to determine football playoff berths and seeding.  Affectionately known as the power points, teams earn more points for wins and are rewarded for beating tougher opponents and playing a difficult schedule.

 

Classifications & Playoffs

Each year, the VHSL crowns six state champions who are grouped into six classifications based on student population.  Approximately every two years, VHSL revises classifications to reflect a school’s growing or declining student population.  Hayfield ranks near the bottom of Class 6 with 1,950 students while T.C. Williams is the largest with 2,900 and Westfield second with 2,800.  This is a close estimate on where the classes are currently separated:

Class

Student Population

6

1850+

5

1450-1849

4

1100-1449

3

750-1099

2

500-749

1

1-499

 

Each class is separated into two regions, with Class 6 having a Northern and Southern Region.  The Class 6 Northern Region has 27 teams and only 16 will make the playoffs.  These 16 teams will play in a bracket tournament until a champion emerges to play the winner of the Southern Region in the state final.

 

Power Points

There are three ways a team can earn points: Game Points, Bonus Points, and Classification Points.  A team’s classification and the results of teams on their schedule play a big part in how points are calculated.  In order to calculate the Class 6 Northern Region power points, 105 teams will need to be tracked throughout the season.  This includes some teams from D.C., North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia—since some schools play opponents outside the Commonwealth.

 

Game Points

Teams receive game points regardless if they win or lose, but earn significantly more points for winning.  For example, a team will earn 26 points for beating a Class 6 team, but will only receive 12 points for losing to a Class 5 team.

 

6A

5A

4A

3A

2A

1A

Winning against

26

24

22

20

18

16

Losing against

14

12

10

8

6

4

 

 

Bonus/Rider Points

Bonus points (also known as rider points) are what separate great teams from good teams.  For each opponent a team beats—they’ll receive 2 bonus points for each win that opponent has during the season.  For opponents a team loses to—they’ll receive only 1 bonus point for each win that opponent has during the season.

For example, if Team A beats Team B who goes 0-10 during the season, Team A will receive no bonus points at all because Team B doesn’t have any wins (0 wins x 2 points).  And if Team A beats Team C who is 9-1, Team A will receive 18 bonus points (9 wins x 2 points).  Even in a loss, teams with tougher schedules benefit the most.

 

Classification Points

The addition of classification points makes it possible for higher class teams to play lower class team's without creating a disadvantage.  Historical districts are still used as a core in scheduling, which creates some districts with different class teams.  If a higher class team play's a lower class team, they will automatically receive 2 points for each class jump to make up for the difference in base points.

For example, in the National District where Hayfield plays, Washington-Lee and Yorktown are Class 6 and Edison, Falls Church, Mount Vernon, Stuart, and Wakefield are Class 5.  When Hayfield plays Class 5 district teams, they will automatically receive 2 points per game win or lose.

The top 16 teams with the most points at the end of the regular season will make the playoffs.  Current power points will be posted each week, so check back often for the latest standings and the Hawks chase for the playoffs and beyond.