It seems as soon as the UIL realignment was announced, the schools of District 30-5A knew the fight for the four football playoff spots would be one of the tightest in the states.
With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the league certainly hasn’t disappointed.
In a district where the teams at the top are capable of knocking off one another any given Friday, it is no surprise there is still a lot to be determined before the postseason.
Flour Bluff (7-0), currently the No. 5 team in the state, sits atop the league standings with a perfect 5-0 district record. Right now it is the Hornets’ title to lose, and the Bluff can clinch at least a share of the crown with a win over Calallen this week.
The Wildcats (5-3, 4-2) were stunned by Gregory-Portland, 27-24, on the road Friday. Calallen has lost two of three entering its showdown against Flour Bluff. That rocky stretch puts the Wildcats in a jumble of teams with two losses.
Victoria West, who handed Calallen its first district loss, is also 4-2 and closes out the regular season against the league’s two winless squads, Moody and Miller.
G-P’s crucial win over Calallen moved it to 3-2. After an 0-3 start, G-P has won three of four. Those Wildcats will play at Tuloso-Midway Friday with the Warriors’ postseason hopes on the line.
T-M’s gauntlet to the playoffs certainly will not be easy. After G-P, the Warriors play at the Bluff before hosting Victoria East (4-3, 3-3). T-M likely would need help to reach the postseason even if it won out.
East started 3-1 in district before losing consecutive games to G-P and the Hornets. The Titans control their own destiny, wrapping up the season against Calallen and T-M after a bye this week.
A Halloween clash could determine one of the playoff spots.
Alice travels to G-P Oct. 31 for a pivotal showdown. The Coyotes (5-2, 3-2) fell to West to also put them in the two-loss mix. With games remaining against Miller, G-P and the Bluff, the loser Halloween night could be eliminated from postseason contention.