Blackwell to open playoffs vs. L-A today

Blackwell has a chance to do something today when it faces Lueders-Avoca in the Six-Man Division II playoffs that it hasn’t done since the 1990s — come away with a victory in the postseason.They get another chance to do that at 7:30 p.m. in Westbrook. And the Horn-ets (9-1) — who have played an actual game only once in the past month — will prob-ably be chomping at the bit to face Lueders-Avoca (7-3) in bi-district.Blackwell’s only game in that span was an 84-56 win against Robert Lee, giving Blackwell the District 8 title. It was the only district game either team played due to the fact that both Lohn and Panther Creek cancelled their entire district schedule due to a lack of players.But coach Clint Lowry ex-pects his team to be ready to play tonight’s playoff contest. “I was a little concerned (about the lack of games),” he said. “But overall the kids have handled the time off real well. They came into this year expecting to be in the playoffs. I think they’re real focused on what they need to do. They’ve earned the right to be here. They’ve had a great year and they want it to continue. We have a chance to win 10 games. I’ve told them we want to be the team that does that.”Blackwell’s last game was pretty historic. With its 84-56 victory over Robert Lee, the Hornets became the first team since 1999 to claim a district title. But that ‘99 team, despite claiming a share of the title, failed to make the playoffs because it lost out on a tiebreaker with Highland and Trent, the other co-champs, to decide the district’s two playoff teams. But Lowry isn’t thinking about the past. He just knows his players want their season to keep going. “I told them to be excited about (winning a district title), but not satisfied,” he said. “And I think that’s how they’re approaching it.”Blackwell is in the play-offs for the second consec-utive year, but only the third time since 2002. Last year’s team was District 8 runner-up and lost to Loraine, 49-22, in bi-district.Blackwell enters tonight’s game averaging just over 60 points and allowing 28. Jayden Jones has 1,381 yards rushing and 31 TDs and Matthew Lowry, the coach’s son, has 822 yards passing and 19 TDs. Mason Magness and Jones have 82 and 77 tackles, respectively.