SSHS and T-High battle for district title; All six teams alive in District 11-4A standings

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 29, 2007 - Sulphur Springs and Texas High will face off on Friday for the District 11-4A championship. The Wildcats will be jockeying for playoff position as well.

Texas High (3-0 in district, 5-2-1 overall) has already clinched a postseason berth, and because it is the largest school in 11-4A, the Tigers will once again be the Division I (big school) representative from the district.

Sulphur Springs (7-1 overall) has the same district record as Texas High, but the Wildcats are not yet assured of a playoff berth, though they are at the stage where any one of a half-dozen things can happen to put them into the postseason.

Sulphur Springs can make it into the playoffs by winning either of its final two regular season games, at home against Texas High on Friday or on the road against North Lamar on Nov. 9. Sulphur Springs also makes the playoffs if either North Lamar or Mount Pleasant loses one of its final two games. SSHS also gets in the playoffs even if they lose their final two games as long as the loss to North Lamar is by less than 12 points.

If Sulphur Springs wins either or both of its final two games, it will go into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in Division II.

District 11-4A matches up with District 12-4A in the first round of the playoffs. In 12-4A, Marshall leads the district with a 5-0 record, while Nacogdoches, Whitehouse and Kilgore are all tied at 4-1. Nacogdoches will be the Division I team in the district if it makes the playoffs. If not, then Marshall would go Division I.

Back in District 11-4A, all six teams are still vying for the playoffs. Even Paris, at 0-3, can still mathematically reach the postseason, though things would have to fall right in the other district games the next two weeks.

Beside Sulphur Springs, then Mount Pleasant and Lindale seem to have the best shots at getting into the playoffs. If either one of those teams wins its final two games, it is in the playoffs. That makes their season-ending showdown of vital importance.

North Lamar can still get in, but the Panthers would have to beat both Lindale and Sulphur Springs and have Mount Pleasant lose at least once.

As Mount Pleasant showed last year, though, anything can happen. The Tigers lost their first three district games, but made the playoffs by winning a three-way tiebreaker.

The first tiebreaker in the district is head-to-head competition, while the second tiebreaker is positive or negative points, based on a maximum of 21 points, between tied teams.

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