The playoff picture has gained some clarity after Friday night, with one playoff spot remaining. Three of the four games on the schedule in the final week will bear some significance to the playoff picture and the district championship.
Following is a glance at the district going into the final week of the season. The district’s first tiebreaker is head-to-head result.
- Allen and Flower Mound are 5-1. The teams meet at Flower Mound in the final week of the season. The winner of the game will be declared the district champion. Both teams have secured playoff berths.
- Flower Mound Marcus and Hebron are 4-2. The teams meet in the final week at Hebron in a key game to Plano’s playoff hopes. Marcus has qualified for the playoffs by virtue of a win over Plano.
- Plano is 3-3. Plano hosts Plano West at John Clark Field in the final week of the season. Plano must win this game to have a chance at a playoff berth. Then it needs a Marcus win over Hebron. Plano defeated Hebron in head-to-head competition, so a Plano win and a Hebron loss to Marcus would put Plano in the playoffs. A Marcus loss to Hebron would put both Hebron and Marcus in the playoffs by virtue of Marcus’ win over Plano in head-to-head competition. Because Lewisville, Plano East and Plano West have all been eliminated and the two 4-2 teams play each other, Plano will not be able to force a three-team tie that would be broken by point differential.
- The other game next week will pit Plano East and Lewisville. It will offer no playoff significance. For Plano East, it will offer the chance to finish the season at .500 with a 5-5 record and could result in Plano East tying Plano for fifth place if Plano was to lose.
- Also of interest, Allen and Marcus are the only teams in the district that will feature a football and volleyball playoff qualifier. Hebron could join the list if its football team is to qualify.