Playoff teams set for 3-4A in what could be a crazy final week

CALEB MCCAIG cmccaig@empiretribune.com Twitter @ETsports
Stephenville will tango with Abilene Wylie Friday night with a possible district championship on the line.

The Stephenville Yellow Jackets are in the postseason yet again and have been so since their win over Big Spring several weeks ago. Joining them are Abilene Wylie, Snyder and Brownwood - but where everyone finishes after Friday night could become cloudy very quickly. 

The four qualified playoff teams are playing one another Friday night with Stephenville traveling to Abilene Wylie and Brownwood going to Snyder. The results from those matchups could either set up the playoff seeding for 3-4A very clearly, or not so much. 

Brownwood and Stephenville are currently tied for second with a 2-1 record, while Abilene Wylie is in first at a perfect 3-0. Snyder is 1-2 in district play and fourth currently. 

Depending on Friday's results, there is a possibility of a three-way tie for the district championship, including Wylie, Brownwood and Stephenville. 

Since the University Interscholastic League does not have a universal tibebreaker rule, head-to-head outcomes are the unofficial tiebreaker in the state. But in three-way ties districts move to a points system which has different variations across the state of Texas. 

District 3-4A uses a 'positive points' system in the case of a three-way tie for first that caps at plus, minus 17-points. 

Meaning since Brownwood defeated Stephenville earlier this season 27-13, that the Lions sit at +14.Wylie defeated Brownwood 35-13 which would put the Bulldogs at +22, but the cap set by the district is only +17.

For the three-way tie to take place, Stephenville would have to top Wylie Friday in addition to a Brownwood win. 

"We just had our scouting report meeting this morning and I said that we needed to prepare for Friday night like we do each and every other week," said Stephenville head coach Greg Winder. "But we all know what's at stake. If we take care of business Friday then we can possibly walk away with a district title."

Below are the current scenarios according to Stephenville Assistant Athletic Director Mike Carroll in what will determine the Yellow Jacket's fate for the postseason come Friday night: 

  • If Snyder beats Brownwood and Stephenville loses then the Yellow Jackets finish fourth. If Stephenville wins or Snyder loses then the Yellow Jackets finish third. 
  • If Brownwood beats Snyder, then Stephenville must win by 15-points (to not finish third). 
  • If Brownwood wins, then to be district champion Stephenville must defeat Wylie by at least 17-points to tie with Brownwood and then win a coin flip later. If Brownwood loses to Snyder, the Yellow Jackets must beat Wylie to finish first.