LONGVIEW – The playoff teams for District 14-4A are set. But their opponents in 13-4A? Who knows.
In 14-4A, Texas High (8-1 overall, 4-0 in district) is the top seed in the Division I playoff bracket, while Marshall (3-6, 2-2) will be the second seed. Sulphur Springs and Hallsville (both with 6-3 overall records and 3-1 in district) will be the Division II teams, with seeding still to be determined. Because of the Wildcats’ win over Hallsville earlier this season, SSHS will be the top seed in Div. II if they win or Hallsville loses.
However, there are few clear cut playoff teams in 13-4A, which will be the first round opponent of 14-4A. Denison (6-3, 5-1) is in the playoffs in the Div. II bracket. Other than that, it’s difficult to tell. Lucas Lovejoy (6-3), McKinney North (5-4), Wylie (5-4) and Wylie East (5-4) are all tied for second in the district with 4-2 records and one game left to play.
Wylie appears to have the inside track to the playoffs because they play Royse City, who has won just one district game, and that was over Greenville. Meanwhile, Lovejoy and Wylie East play each other, with a playoff berth on the line. The loser of that game is likely out of the playoffs, while the winner will advance. In the other game of note, Denison hosts McKinney North.
Of those teams still in playoff contention, the Wildcats know they won’t play McKinney North or Wylie because they will go into the Div. I bracket. Denison, Lovejoy or Wylie East still loom as potential playoff opponents.
TALKING RECORDS – Senior wide receiver Isaiah Lacy put his name in the record book right beside two of his teammates. Lacy caught three touchdown passes to tie classmates Alex Burney and Willy Ivery for second on the alltime list for most receiving TDs in a game. Burney did it last year against Wylie East and Ivery did it against Greenville in 2011. Mack Pogue caught four TD passes against Commerce in 1950. … Lacy finished with 182 yards receiving on five catches. … Speaking of records, Willy Ivery has shattered the career mark for rushing TDs. He now has 44 rushing TDs, breaking the mark of 32 set by Torio Kelly (1993-95). Ivery has 22 rushing touchdowns this season and 26 total (four receiving). The school record for most combined TDs in a season is Ryan Young’s 35 in the 16-game 2008 state championship year. … Most rushing touchdowns in a season is 28, again set by Young in 2008. Ivery is six off that mark with at least two games left in his senior season.
BIG PLAYS – The Wildcats used one big play after another Friday night to complete their 56-28 victory over Pine Tree. Sulphur Springs had 10 plays of 30 or more yards, including runs of 35, 37 and 31 yards by Ivery, runs of 52 and 30 yards by junior quarterback Larry Pryor and pass completions of 52, 54, 61 and 52 yards. … Pine Tree had a few big plays of its own, with one run of 37 yards and pass completions of 35, 65 and 75 yards. … Mixing in the long plays was a 51-yard punt by Ryan Watson, his only punt of the game. … Pine Tree had two receivers go over 100 yards receiving: Dalvin Manns (8 catches for 146 yards) and Jonathan Giddings (5 for 157). … Sulphur Springs, meanwhile, had two rushers go over 170 yards: Ivery had 20 carries for 200 yards and Pryor had 15 carries for 172.
HARD HITS – The Wildcat defense made a huge goalline stand in the second quarter when they held on fourth-and-1 from their own 4-yard line and leading 21-7. Linebacker Dallas Dannheim penetrated into the backfield and tackled the Pine Tree runner for a 2-yard loss. ... Defensive end Garret Hood ended the game with seven tackles and 2 ½ sacks. Linebacker Dekeiston Mosley also had a sack and six tackles, while defensive tackle Cain Cody finished with seven tackles and a sack. Carson Hicks had a half-sack and a fumble recovery. Defensive backs Melroy Givens, Jaylon Dougan and Zach Spigner each had a pass break-up, Spigner’s coming on fourth down. … Pryor had a diving interception on the final play of the first half.
ODDS AND ENDS – This is the first year for the new $16 million Pirate Stadium. … PT quarterback Mason Hays had just 28 yards rushing the first half but finished with 113 yards on the ground. He also threw for 401 yards. … Pine Tree was hit with 11 penalties for 90 yards, while SSHS had just 36 yards on four flags. … The Wildcats had 30 first downs. … Sulphur Springs averaged 9.3 yards for each rushing attempt and averaged more than 10 yards every time they snapped the ball.
AROUND THE DISTRICT – Texas High (8-1, 4-0) clinched at least a share of the 14-4A championship with a 45-0 shutout of Marshall (3-6, 2-2). Next week, T-High hosts Hallsville (6-3, 3-1). If Hallsville wins, they will share the district title. If that happens and Sulphur Springs (6-3, 3-1) beats Marshall, then there will be a three-way district championship between T-High, Hallsville and SSHS. … Hallsville beat Mount Pleasant 56-35 Friday to send MP to a 3-6, 0-4 mark. … Sulphur Springs dropped Pine Tree to 3-6, 0-4 as well with the 56-28 victory. … Sulphur Springs will celebrate Senior Night when the Wildcats host Marshall on Friday.
Meanwhile, Pine Tree visits Mount Pleasant as both teams look to close out the season with their only district victory.
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