Both the Pleasanton Eagles and Poteet Aggies have a chance to clinch playoff spots this week.
For the Eagles (6-3, 0-3), it would be their first since their 10-2 run in 2017. For the Aggies (2-7, 1-3), it would be their first since finishing in fourth place in 2016 and the first in the Darby House era.
Neither team’s path to a playoff clinching win will be easy, either. Both opponents for the Atascosa teams are also fighting for a playoff spot.
Pleasanton welcomes La Vernia (4-5, 0-3) to Eagle Stadium and Poteet hosts Pearsall (2-7, 1-3).
La Vernia is in a down season, but that doesn’t count them out of anything. They are a regional blue blood and Pleasanton head coach Stephen Liska expects nothing less than the La Vernia Bears that went to the state semifinal a year ago.
The task for Pleasanton is simple on paper — win, and you’re in.
Poteet gets a Pearsall Mavericks team that can cause nightmares for opposing defensive coordinators with their Slot-T offense that controls the clock. If you don’t create stops, it can be a long night against an offensive scheme like that.
The Aggies need a win and some help. They’re focused on the former rather than the latter because that’s all they can control. If Poteet wins, they will need District 14- 4A DII leader Devine (5-4, 4-0) to dispatch Carrizo Springs (2-7, 1-3) for their first playoff berth in three years.
Meanwhile, in Jourdanton, the playoff-bound Indians (8-1, 4-1) can lock up at least a share of their first district title in eight years with a win over San Antonio Cole (4-5, 2-3) at home on Friday. A win and a loss by Marion (6-3, 4-1) at Lytle would seal the title outright for Jourdanton.
So, there’s a task for you fans in all of this.
Be loud and rowdy. Everything is on the line this week. You need to be at your home stadium this Friday night.
Buckle up, this week is about to be a ride.