Critical game not new for Edna
EDNA - Nothing seemed out of the ordinary Monday at the Edna practice field.
The Cowboys went through their normal workout preparing for Friday night's game against Rice Consolidated.
But the Edna players and coaches understand what will be at stake at Cowboy Memorial Stadium.
Edna needs a win to guarantee itself a District 14-2A, Division I playoff berth.
If Hallettsville wins at Hempstead on Friday night, Edna could advance to postseason play by losing by 13 points or less.
But it's not a scenario the Cowboys want to think about.
"Sometimes we do better when there's pressure on us," said senior T.J. Foley. "It doesn't bother us. I think it will be better for us."
Edna is no stranger to playing a meaningful game on Week 10.
The Cowboys had a chance to be district champions, but were instead knocked out of the playoffs by Hempstead in 2010.
Edna made the playoffs last year, but lost to Hempstead on the final week of the regular season in a game that determined the district championship.
"Every year since we dropped back down to 2A, it's been like this," said Edna coach Mike Pierce. "That shows you the type of teams we have in our district. It's quality really top to bottom."
Edna is coming off a 41-21 loss to Hallettsville, but Pierce isn't worried about any carry over from the Cowboys' first district defeat.
"They were over it Saturday morning when we came up here and lifted and ran," he said. "They're ready for Rice Consolidated."
Edna has shown the ability to rebound this season. The Cowboys lost to Refugio before beating Goliad, and lost to Yoakum at home before going on the road to win at Sweeny.
"We always bounce back," Foley said. "We lost to Yoakum and people doubted us against Sweeny and we went out there and proved them wrong. We learn from our mistakes all the time. Every week we get better and better at practice and we challenge each other."
Pierce saw the week between the Yoakum and Sweeny games as a turning point in the season.
"I feel like we've progressed a lot, specifically after the Yoakum game," he said. "Yoakum's a good football team, but there were some instances in the game we should have taken advantage of that might have helped us out winning that game."
Edna fans will likely be doing some scoreboard watching on Friday night, but the Cowboys would just as soon take the doubt out of the equation.
"Our guys they want to win," Pierce said. "It gives us seven wins for the regular season and a win at home. We've been very successful the last four years at home."
Area playoff scenarios• District 25-3A: El Campo is in as the Division I representative. Bellville has clinched a Division II berth. Sealy must defeat Bellville by nine or more points on Friday, or Wharton gets the other Division II berth.
• District 26-3A: La Grange is in. Gonzales, Yoakum and Cuero are tied for second. If two of the three win, the two winners are in. If all three win, Cuero and Gonzales are in by virtue of net points. If all three lose, there would be a five-way tie for second between Yoakum, Gonzales, Cuero, Smithville and Giddings and points between the teams would determine the playoff representatives.
• District 14-2A, Division I: Hallettsville has clinched a playoff berth. If Hallettsville beats Hempstead, Hallettsville gets the first-round bye and Edna is in unless it loses to Rice Consolidated by 14 points or more. If Hempstead beats Hallettsville, the Edna-Rice Consolidated winner is in.
• District 13-2A, Division II: East Bernard, Hitchcock and Danbury is in. East Bernard would get the first-round bye with a win over Danbury.
• District 14-2A, Division II: Schulenburg must beat No. 10 Lexington and have Rogers lose to Johnson City to get in.
• District 15-2A, Division II: Karnes City, Poth and Dilley are in. Karnes City would clinch a first-round bye with a win over Dilley.
• District 16-2A, Division II: Refugio is in and has a first-round bye.
• District 13-1A, Division I:
Weimar is in and has a first-round bye. Thorndale is in. In the event of a three-way tie between, Thorndale, Thrall and Holland or a three-way tie between Thrall, Holland and Flatonia, a net points formula with a maximum of 14 would determine the third team, but it could not be Flatonia.• District 15-1A, Division I:
Shiner is in and has a first-round bye. Ganado is in. Yorktown would be in with a win over Shiner and a Three Rivers loss to Ganado. If Shiner beats Yorktown and Ganado defeats Three Rivers, Three Rivers is in by virtue of net points.• District 14-1A, Division II: Runge and Falls City are in and play Friday for the first-round bye. The winner of the Louise-Woodsboro game gets the final spot.
• TAPPS Division III, District 5: Hallettsville Sacred Heart and Shiner St. Paul are in and play for the top seed Friday.
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Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on this column at www.VictoriaAdvocate.com.