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Plenty to decide: Playoff scenarios to play out in finale

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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FULL SPEED AHEAD – Decatur junior Layton Harris carries the ball upfield during a game against Mineral Wells. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Six Wise County schools will battle for playoff positioning Friday night.

Northwest, Decatur, Boyd, Alvord and Chico have all clinched postseason berths. Bridgeport is still in the hunt and will need a win over Aubrey to claim the fourth and final playoff spot in District 3-4A Division II. A loss ends the Bulls’ season.

Paradise has already been eliminated from playoff contention in the competitive 4-3A Division I.

Decatur can clinch a share of the District 4-4A Division I title with a win over Gainesville Friday. The Eagles are currently 3-1 in league play, along with Wichita Falls Hirschi and Springtown. Decatur beat Hirschi and lost to Springtown. Hirschi beat Springtown last week. If all three schools finish the regular season 4-1 in 4-4A I, Decatur would be the third seed based on point differential. If Hirschi and Springtown both lose Friday, Decatur would be the outright champion. If Springtown loses to Burkburnett and Hirschi beats Mineral Wells, Decatur would share the league title with Hirschi and be the No. 1 seed based on head-to-head. If Springtown wins and Hirschi loses, Decatur would be the second seed. If Decatur loses to Gainesville, they will finish fourth.

Boyd can lock up the second seed in District 4-3A Divsision I with a win over Whitesboro Friday. The Yellowjackets are currently 4-1 in league play. Whitesboro is 3-2, with losses against Pilot Point and Brock. Boyd’s only district loss is to Brock. If Boyd loses and Pilot Point wins, there would be a three-way tie for second through fourth. If the Yellowjackets lose by four or less, they would still be the second seed based on point differential. If Boyd loses by 5 to 9 points, they would be third. If Boyd loses to Whitesboro by 10 or more, they would finish fourth.

Chico can win the District 4-2A Division I title with a victory over Seymour Friday. Despite the Dragons’ loss to Alvord last week, Chico still controls its own destiny. A win guarantees them the No. 1 seed in 4-2A I and would also drop Alvord to fourth. A Chico loss and Alvord win over Olney would give the Bulldogs second-place and the Dragons fourth-place.

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