IMO it is because they do not care as much as the local residents. We locals are vested. They are not. It's a 4 hour drive to Sectionals and blowing it off isn't all that hard if you really don't care. One team actually entered using their district's county as the team name. It was ugly the whole season long. And then....the whole team didn't go, resulting in
a default. Locals are eager to represent.