When mid- October rolls around, playoff races are either at their peak or pretty darn close to it.
In the year of the weird, that’s doubly true.
The Pleasanton Eagles (2-5, 0-1) opened their District 14-4A DI campaign with a 45-20 loss at district frontrunner Boerne. Though Pleasanton was not expected to win the contest by anyone outside of Atascosa County, they sure showed they have the potential to win games against Somerset and Uvalde.
After the Eagles enjoy an open week this week, they’ll get Uvalde at home on Oct. 23 and Somerset on the road the following week. If the Eagles win at least one of those games, they have a significant chance to make the postseason. Winning both of them would guarantee their return to the postseason for the first time since 2017.
In District 14-3A DI, Jourdanton (6-1, 3-0) has a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a win at Randolph and a Lytle loss at Cotulla. Jourdanton looks like a lock to make the postseason for a record fifth consecutive year, even if they don’t get the help they need this week.
Conversely, Lytle’s massive homecoming win against Randolph last week put them just a halfgame behind the fourth and final playoff spot with three games left on the schedule. In addition to their road game with Cotulla this week, they’ll travel to Cole on Thursday, Oct. 22, thanks to the creative scheduling 14-3A DI put forth to combat any potential delays due to the coronavirus.
Both of those are winnable games for the Pirates (3-4, 1-2) and two wins would put them safely into playoff contention. They’re trying to snap a playoff drought that dates back to 2015.
Poteet (4-2, 1-1) travels to Cole this Friday looking to pull even with Marion (4-3, 2-1) in second place.
The Aggies have proven they’ve turned the corner with more wins than their 2018 and 2019 seasons combined. Much like their county rival Jourdanton, they pass the eye test as a lock to make the playoffs. They still have plenty of work to do with Marion and Randolph still on the schedule.
Head Coach Darby House knows how crucial playoff seeding will be, though he knows his team is capable of competing with anyone. If they were to finish in the bottom half of the four playoff seeds, that would mean a date with either Comfort (6-1, 0-1), Lago Vista (4-2, 1-0) or No. 9-ranked Llano (6-0, 1-0) out of District 13-3A DI. If they finish in the top half, Comfort, Luling (0-5, 0-1) or Blanco (6-1, 0-0) could be the bi-district opponent for the Aggies.
Down in District 15-2A DII, the Charlotte Trojans (3-1, 3-0) are flying high and taking aim at a playoff berth and a district title.
Charlotte is currently tied with D’Hanis (3-1, 3-0) for first place. Had the La Pryor-Sabinal game not been postponed last week, both Charlotte and D’Hanis could’ve clinched a playoff spot.
Charlotte still has a tough schedule coming up though. Preseason district favorite Bruni (2-1, 2-1) comes to town on Oct. 23 and the Trojans still have to travel to D’Hanis on Oct. 30.
Head Coach Shawn Vowell has preached to his team to focus on the next opponent on the schedule. If Charlotte can beat Bruni, they’re into the playoffs.
But, as a reminder, it is 2020 and things can get weird. So, anticipate the weird and get ready for a fun final few weeks of the regular season.