Looking ahead to Week 9 of the football season, many Houston-area football teams have secured a playoff spot and others have put themselves in position to earn their way into the playoffs over the final two weekends of the regular season.
On Sunday, we looked at the Class 5A races. Here’s a quick glance at how the Houston-area Class 4A district races are shaping up, and our wild guesses as to which teams will actually make it.
Brenham is in and they will be the top-seeded Division II team. Stratford is guaranteed a spot with a win over Waller this week. Magnolia West, Montgomery and Waller are fighting for the final two playoff spots and the Magnolia West-Waller game on the final Friday night of the season could determine who is left out in the cold.
Our best guess: Stratford and Montgomery, Division I; Brenham and Magnolia West, Division II
Four teams—Huntsville, Kingwood Park, Summer Creek and Willis—are tied at the top of the district with 4-1 records and a fifth, Humble, is one game back at 3-2. The muddy waters should clear a little over the next two weeks, though, as several of these teams play each other. Humble, with games against Willis and Summer Creek, may control several teams’ fortunes and Huntsville, who plays Kingwood Park and Willis, could win their way into a district title.
Our best guess: Willis and Huntsville, Division I; Summer Creek and Kingwood Park, Division II
This is another tough district to call yet. Barbers Hill, though undefeated, still needs at least one win to guarantee themselves a playoff berth. Their final two games are against teams in playoff contention: Goose Creek Memorial and Crosby, so it’s not a given that they’ll easily win out the rest of the way.
Still, the Eagles appear to be in good position to clinch a spot, as do Crosby, Dayton and GCM. If that happens, Crosby, which is the third-smallest school in the district, would go to Division I because Dayton and Barbers Hill are the only two smaller schools.
Our best guess: Crosby and Goose Creek Memorial, Division I; Barbers Hill and Dayton, Division II
The Nederland-Ozen and Port Neches Groves-Vidor games this week will go a long way toward clearing up the playoff picture in this district. Nederland is currently at the top and 5-0 with two games to play. Ozen is 3-2 and tied with PNG and Livingston for third place.
Vidor, who is in second at 4-1, should be safe even if they wind up in a tiebreaker scenario. But Livingston’s 29-28 loss to Ozen last week could come back to haunt them.
Our best guess: Nederland and Vidor, Division I; Port Neches-Groves and Beaumont Ozen, Division II
District leader Sharpstown has a bye week this week, but has already clinched a spot. Yates clinches with a win over Sterling. Reagan and Waltrip can also solidify their playoff berths with wins over Davis and Austin, a pair of teams at the bottom of the standings.
Our best guess: Reagan and Waltrip, Division I; Sharpstown and Yates, Division II
Kashmere leads the district and is in. They will go Division II. Washington is in with one win in their last two games. Wheatley is currently on the outside looking in at 2-3, but if they win out, including a head-to-head victory over Jones in their final game, the Wildcats could be in and Jones could be sent home.
Our best guess: Worthing and Wheatley, Division I; Kashmere and Washington, Division II
Angleton is in, and Terry, Lamar Consolidated and El Campo are too with a win sometime over the next two weeks. Bay City could grab a berth by winning their final two and getting a little help.
Our best guess: Angleton and Lamar Consolidated, Division I; Terry and El Campo, Division II
La Marque and Dawson play this week, and if Dawson survives that one, they will play Manvel next week for the district title. Still, all three of those teams should be safe, if the final two weekends play to form. That same final Friday night, though, Friendswood and Texas City could be playing each other for the final playoff berth in the district.
Our best guess: Dawson and Friendswood, Division I; Manvel and La Marque, Division II