If you had taken a poll "which Triangle conference is the weakest?" back in September, the far-and-away winner (or loser, if you prefer) would've been the Tri-Eight.
Not a single team made it through the nonconference schedule without at least one loss. Fuquay-Varina was 3-1, Apex was 2-2 while Middle Creek and Lee County were 1-3. That meant half the conference was 0-4. Yikes.
But here we are. It's the third round of the playoffs and there are just as many Tri-Eight teams as there are teams from the PAC 6, Cap 7 and Greater Neuse. Didn't see that coming did you?
The Cap 7 got all seven teams in, but despite all the hype, teams like Leesville Road and Millbrook couldn't get it done in the postseason.
Now, I'm not saying the Tri-Eight is on the level of the Cap 7. Not a bit. Sanderson, the last place team in the Cap 7, is not the equivalent of Green Hope or Lee County, the two worst teams in Tri-Eight.
But those two were no worse than say, East Chapel Hill, Riverside or Person, all from the PAC 6. Or even Holly Springs and East Wake from the Greater Neuse.
Much like the ACC, the Tri-Eight's fumbling and bumbling out of the gate caused a lot of media outlets to simply dismiss the entire conference.
"Your season will be over fast," reporters told me when I covering the conference and not just the Cary-area teams. "About a week after the regular season you'll have a lot of time on your hands."
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