Blackwellâ€™s football team has something in common with the government. Both have been experienced a recent shutdown.
Blackwell (6-1) has been idle the past two weeks after losing its final non-district game, 76-60, to Highland on Oct. 11.
At the time, the Hornets thought their six-game win-ning streak was the only thing ending. But in addition to a scheduled open date Oct. 18, they discovered two of the other three teams in their district (8 Six-Man) â€” Lohn and Panther Creek â€” had cancelled the rest of their season and all three of their district games, due to a lack of players.
That leaves the district with just one game â€” which will decide district seeding â€” this Friday when Black-well entertains Robert Lee (4-4) at Blackwellâ€™s field. Since two teams in each district qualify for the playoffs, the Hornets and Steers are playing to decide who will be No. 1 and who is No. 2.
â€śWe look at it as a game for the district championship,â€ť said coach Clint Lowry. â€śIâ€™m sure they look at it the same way. (Winning the title) was one of our goals. But Iâ€™ve never been in a situation like this. We both know weâ€™re going to be playing again in two weeks for sure. Itâ€™s great to know that youâ€™re going to be in the playoffs.â€ť
Lowry said his team is ready to return to its win-ning ways. â€śWeâ€™re going to have to start the game out better than we did against Highland,â€ť he said. â€śWe have to stay focused on the game and play the way that we know we can, and not get down on ourselves.
â€śI think our kids know this is the time of year when it really counts. Itâ€™s a district championship game and weâ€™d like to go into the playoffs with a win. It will be a big test for us,â€ť Lowry concluded.
â€śThey know what we do and I hope we know what they do. Itâ€™s kind of like a playoff game, because itâ€™s for the district champion-ship and bragging rights.â€ť