Playoff scenarios already a hot topic
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 20, 2004 - After two games in District 12-4A football, playoff scenarios are already a hot topic.

With three teams, Sulphur Springs, North Lamar and Texas High, at 2-0, and the other three teams, Paris, Greenville, Mount Pleasant, at 0-2, there is widening gap between those in contention and those falling out of favor.

The Wildcats have a chance to put more space between them and the bottom of the district on Friday when they host Greenville. That's because North Lamar and Texas High play each other, which will give one of the previously unbeaten teams a loss. In the other game, Paris takes on Mount Pleasant, which means one of them will have their first win.

A win by Sulphur Springs on Friday will move them to the precipice of the playoffs, and it will also all but eliminate Greenville, which would mean Texas High would be the Division I (big school) team in the playoffs.

If that happens, then SSHS could get the top seed in Division II by beating North Lamar in the final game of the season.

There is one scenario in which the Wildcats could clinch a playoff berth this week: if they beat Greenville, North Lamar beats Texas High, and Paris beats Mount Pleasant.

In every other scenario, a Wildcat win puts them as close to the playoffs as they can be without officially clinching since they will own head-to-head tiebreakers with the bottom three teams. The Wildcats can't mathematically clinch a spot in the other scenarios because there could be a chain of unlikely events in which a three-way tie for third place and all the tiebreakers are the same, which would result in a coin flip. But, those scenarios are remote.

The outlook will become clearer after Friday when the winners have been determined and there are only two district games remaining.

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