Playoff Picture
Everyone's still in the hunt, though chances are slim for some
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 30, 2006 - The playoff possibilities for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats are slim, but the Wildcats have a hope - just like every other team in the district.

All six District 11-4A teams have mathematical possibilities to get in the playoffs. There is even a chance for a five-way tie for second place.

The only sure thing is that Texas High, 3-0 in district and 8-0 overall, is in the playoffs. The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the state in most polls, would get in on the tie-breaking system even if they slipped up the last two games.

The district tie-breaker is (1) head-to-head and (2) a 21-point maximum carryover, plus and minus, in games between tied teams.

As the largest school in the district, Texas High will once again be the Division I representative in the playoffs.

That leaves the rest of the teams fighting for the two remaining postseason berths.

Sulphur Springs (1-2) is in precarious position following two straight losses to Lindale and Paris. The Wildcats can still get in the playoffs with victories in their final two games over Texas High and North Lamar plus a loss by Lindale or two losses by Paris.

Even if Sulphur Springs loses to Texas High on Friday in Texarkana, the Wildcats could still get in the playoffs, though they would need a lot of help. They would need Lindale to beat North Lamar this week, then have Mount Pleasant beat Lindale next week. Unless Paris beats Mount Pleasant, the Wildcats would have to beat North Lamar by 14 or more points.

If North Lamar wins one of its final two games, the Wildcats are out of the playoff picture unless they can pull off a win against Texas High.

That's a lot of ifs, ands and buts.

By virtue of their 2-1 district record, North Lamar and Paris have the inside tracks to the final two postseason spots. North Lamar is sitting in the best position.

North Lamar must win just one of its final games or have either Sulphur Springs or Lindale lose one its final games to get in the playoffs.

Paris has a tougher road because the Wildcats must still play Texas High on the final week of the regular season. If Paris wins one of its final two games, then it is in the playoffs. Otherwise, the Wildcats' chances get dicey.

If Paris leaves the door open, then Lindale (1-2) could sneak in with a pair of wins.

Then there is also Mount Pleasant. The Tigers are 0-3, but have been within a touchdown in all three games. If they win their final two games against Paris and Lindale - which are both possibilities - then they have a slight chance for a playoff berth.

There is also the odd possibility of a five-win tie for second place between Paris, North Lamar, Lindale, Sulphur Springs and Mount Pleasant. That would have to start on Friday with wins by Mount Pleasant over Paris and Lindale over North Lamar. If that happens, get ready for a wild ride the final week of the regular season.

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