One Nolan County team â€” Blackwell â€” has already qualified for the state football playoffs that get started next week. But that number could triple when the dust has finally settled tonight in both Sweetwater and Roby.
Sweetwater, which is 2-2 in District 4-3A and 4-5 overall, will host Wylie (3-1, 6-3) at Mustang Bowl in what is likely a must-win situation for Coach Shane Mobleyâ€™s Mustangs.
A Sweetwater win tonight will clinch its first trip to the playoffs since the 2008 season and first under head coach Shane Mobley, who is in his second year. Wylie, which has already clinched a playoff spot, can eliminate Sweetwater with a win, in the event that Snyder (1-3) also beats Greenwood, which is last in the district at 0-4. Even though such a scenario would leave Sweetwater and Snyder with identical 2-3 records, the Tigers would advance due to their head-to-head 41-14 win over Sweetwater.
Wylie, Monahans and Big Spring â€” all 3-1 â€” have wrapped up three of the four playoff spots, leaving the No. 4 spot for either the Mustangs or Tigers.
This is the first time that four teams will qualify from each district for the play-offs â€” previously, each dis-trict sent three teams.
Sweetwater has won two of three since losing to Snyder â€” 54-29 over Green-wood three weeks ago and, in one of the biggest upsets in District 4-3A this year, 28-9 over Monahans this past Friday.
If Monahans loses to Big Spring in todayâ€™s finale and Sweetwater is victorious over Wylie, Sweetwater will advance as the No. 1 team in the small-school bracket because of its win last week over the Loboes while Big Spring and Wylie would be in the big-school bracket.
Mobley called last weekâ€™s win at Monahans a break-out victory for Sweetwater.
â€śWeâ€™ve been close all year and didnâ€™t finish the job, but our kids finished this time,â€ť he said. â€śSo itâ€™s something we want to do again.â€ť
In District 7-1A, Division II, Roscoe (3-3 district, 4-5 overall) must win at Roby tonight by at least 15 points if the battle for the No. 3 and final playoff berth res-ults in a three-way tie also involving Cross Plains. This is due to the districtâ€™s tie-breaker setup, which awards a maximum 15 points for a head-to-head victory of 15 points or more. Cross Plains beat Roscoe 56-31 when the teams met on Oct. 4; Roby later defeated Cross Plains 29-7. If Roscoe beats Roby (4-2) by any amount today while Cross Plains (3-3) is beaten, Roscoe will claim the No. 3 spot by beating the Lions in their finale.
Blackwell was scheduled to play Panther Creek today to end its season, but the game â€” along with an earlier one against Lohn â€” was cancelled because Lohn and Panther Creek did not have enough players.
Blackwell played its only District 8, Division II game vs. Robert Lee last week, winning 84-56 for the title. Robert Lee is also in the playoffs as the No. 2 team.