Maybe it IS coaching. Our 2015 team, had ONE TE who went to South Carolina, and rarely played before a career ending debilitating injury. And a WR who went to mighty Middle Tennessee State. And a QB1 who received an invitation to play WR at the United States Naval Academy. And that team, plus our 15-0 team in 2014. Were a combined 30-0 having won back to back state and one National Championship with LOCAL talent from rural Georgia. But we DO have a culture, and a bunch of farm boys who love football. And will give a 110% of whatever they have, to make their rural community of 46,000 proud.Whether a school is open enrollment or not has nothing to do with their football roster. With a couple of exceptions, most open enrollment public schools are not bringing in football players. Those that do have a bigger competitive balance number. The competitive balance number is the one to look at. Take the CB number and divide it by 3 and that is roughly the number of kids who have been brought in who play football - give or take a few who may only count as 1 under the CB formula. This CB number does not count those who transfer by actually moving into the district - like the kid from Michigan for Toledo Central Catholic or the QB from Copley for Massillon (both of whom I assume moved into the district or they wouldn't have been able to play the second half of the season). Those players are a 0 for CB purposes. I found it interesting that the guy Spectrum chose to interview on the sideline before the Hoban-Massillon game was Justin Zwick - Orville state championship quarterback who transferred to Massillon after his sophomore season. I'm not knocking any of these schools or especially the parents who want what is best for their kids. I'm just pointing out facts. They are all operating legally within the system as it currently exists. At least I think that they are.
Frankly, I'd be happy if the privates that recruit and the open enrollments that recruit, or move in transfers to play football, would just say: "We won because we have much better talent - not because we have a better "culture" or coaching staff or because we work harder than everybody else." The real on the field measure of any high school athletic program or coaching staff is "Do you do less with more or more with less?" Do you beat teams that are more talented than you; that have more college recruits than you have? If so, you probably have a pretty good program, culture, and coaching staff.
I saw what I thought were some pretty poorly coached games with tremendous talent in the state finals. When all you do is line up and run inside zone, outside zone, bubble screen and go routes, it ain't rocket science. When you line up and play a base defense with 7 or 8 in coverage because you can get great pressure with a 3-4 man rush, it ain't rocket science. You win with those schemes when you have more talent. When you have D1 bodies all over the field, it ain't rocket science. When you have a ton of pre-snap penalties and have to use all of your timeouts trying to get the right personnel in or because the play clock is running down, well.......... That's my last word on the topic. Just admit the truth. It's not a level playing field. Then we can all go about our merry ways and compete as best we can within the system as it is because, as someone said earlier in this thread, there really isn't a simple solution.