The Roscoe football team enters Fridayâ€™s final game of the season at Roby with, as head coach Jake Freeman puts it, â€śsomething to play forâ€ť â€” namely, making the Class 1A playoffs for the first time in three years.
To end their postseason drought, the Plowboys will have to do more than just pick up a win. They have to win by 15 or more, Freeman said.
Currently, Roby (4-2) has a one-game lead for the third and final playoff spot in District 7-1A, Division II over both Roscoe and Cross Plains, who are 3-3.
Making the Plowboysâ€™ job tougher is that if the Buffa-loes and Roscoe both finish 4-3 along with Roby, Cross Plains will have a tiebreaker because of its 56-31 victory over the Plowboys. Cross Plains lost to Roby the fol-lowing week, 29-7.
Fifteen points is the point cutoff for deciding tiebreak-ers. Of course, if 0-6 Ranger is able to knock off Cross Plains on Friday and Roscoe also defeats Roby regardless of the point spread, the Plowboys would advance and eliminate the Lions.
Albany and Hamlin (both 6-0 in district) will meet to decide the top seed. Hamlin beat Roscoe, 34-0, this past week. But the Plowboysâ€™ attention is on Roby and the team is not looking back, Freeman said.
â€śWe look at Friday as a playoff game,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s a chance to extend our sea-son and we know whatâ€™s at stake. The players know it is a must-win. Iâ€™m telling the kids we are not going to hold anything back. Itâ€™s win or go home.
â€śRoby is a hard-nosed football team. They are very physical and will line up and pound the ball down your throat. They have a talented, hard-running tailback and a dual-threat quarterback. Defensively, they will base out of the 50. They do a great job pursuing the football. The number one key to a win is we have to be able to run the football. We also have to slow their running game and put them in third and long situations.â€ť
Sebastian Benivamondez (eight tackles, three for a loss and one sack) and Zack Longoria (five tackles for a loss and two sacks) led Roscoe defensively against the Pied Pipers, who held Roscoe to just 205 yards.