Everman and Stephenville are safe at the top, but there’s turmoil down below in District 8-4A.
Mansfield Timberview, who battles Mansfield Legacy Friday, and Arlington Seguin, who visits Joshua, are the only teams who control their own destiny in the race for the league’s third and fourth playoff spots.
Everman has wrapped up the district title and meets Fort Worth Western Hills in the first round of the playoffs after completing its regular season against Granbury Friday. Stephenville hosts Crowley, then its off to Burleson for a bi-district battle against Fort Worth Dunbar.
For everyone else in 8-4A – with the exception of winless Granbury, the only team not still in playoff contention – Friday’s games will be surrounded by playoff implications.
With 2-4 marks, Joshua and Legacy are in must-win situations, while Crowley’s hopes aren’t much better unless the Eagles can pull off an unlikely road upset of Stephenville.
For the Yellow Jackets, who are fresh off a playoff-berth-clinching 35-20 win against Seguin, Friday’s home battle against Crowley provides the opportunity to win seven regular season games for the fifth consecutive year. It would also give the Jackets momentum with three straight wins entering the entering the postseason.
Crowley will be the more desperate of the two teams, but may have a better chance at the upset if the Jackets didn’t have senior night festivities to fuel the emotion, as well as a desire to fulfill head coach Joseph Gillespie’s plans for starting to peak at the end of the regular season in time for the playoffs.
Stephenville and Crowley meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium. Seniors will be recognized prior to kickoff.