Well to anwser the question, Yes. Winning by one point against tougher opponents is better than blowing out lesser one. Thats how I see it, you see it differently and that why we disagree on who would be #1.
Everyone love to jump on the not dominating a 3 - 7 team. I haven't see anyone saying over and over that the mighty Colerain offense was held to only 21 points on their first game and gave up 14 in another. Because that does not indicate if a game was dominated. The Haltom/SLC was just as much a blow out as any Corelain game.
It is obvious that SLC does not care how many points or yards it give up, as long as they are scoring more than the opponent. Lancer, Concha, and a few other see this as a major weakness and making SLC undeserving of #1. To me it is just a coaching style difference. SLC only wants to stop you enough times to score more than the opponent. Corelain is a running offense that would relies more on the defense to stop the opponent. Both styles win games and have proven themselves to be dominate in their leagues. It also means that no matter how many stats are thrown out, it doesn't matter because you are not comparing apples to apples.
I was referring to the concept. If two teams play the same schedules, both go undefeated, but one wins by big margins and the other just barely wins their games - which would you call the better team? I realize that Colerain and SLC don't play the same schedules, but the concept of margin of victory IS valid.
As far as Colerain's first game (emphasis on "first" BTW), they played it with their star RB injured and with a new QB running a sophisticated option offense and held their opponenet less than 100 yards of offense. They played the same team (Elder) later in the tournament and won 38-3. Also, they actually gave up 20 in one game, more than the 14 you cite. Of course, that was after being up 49-0 at the half and having the their starters sipping cocktails for virtually the entire 2nd half. I would note that this was the MOST points given up by Colerain during the year. SLC gave up more points than that ON AVERAGE.
As far as this point "It is obvious that SLC does not care how many points or yards it give up, as long as they are scoring more than the opponent."
, to a certain degree that is true as far as getting the win. But somehow I think SLC's coach was less than thrilled with his team's performance against Haltom (see below) and would have liked to have had more solid wins against certain teams than the one score or less margins that in fact happened.
BTW:"The Haltom/SLC was just as much a blow out as any Colerain game."
Don't be ridiculous. SLC dropped 35 points and 500-600 yards to Haltom. Colerain had a 70-3 win and at least one game (I believe more) where their opponent never even entered the red zone. Several shutouts, opponenets held to less than 100 yards of offense, negative rushing yardage.... You get the idea.