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Competitiveness of 26-3A no surprise to coaches

By MIKE FORMAN
Nov. 8, 2012 at 5:08 a.m.


Down to the Wire in DISTRICT 26-3A

There is a chance for a five-way tie if La Grange beat Cuero, Giddings beats Yoakum and Smithville beats Gonzales.

• La Grange at Cuero, 7:30 p.m.

• Giddings at Yoakum, 7:30 p.m.

• Gonzales at Smithville, 7:30 p.m.

Arguments could be made over the strength of District 26-3A, but there's no debate about its competitiveness.

Three teams are tied for second place heading into the final week of the regular season and the possibility exists of a five-way tie for second place.

"It is very competitive," said Yoakum coach Brent Kornegay. "I felt that way from the onset. I felt like anybody one through six could beat anybody on a given night."

La Grange has beaten all four of its district opponents and wrapped up the championship.

But three of the Leopards' district wins were by one point, including last week' s 28-27 victory over Yoakum.

La Grange has clinched a playoff berth, but the other two spots will be decided Friday night.

Cuero (4-5, 2-2) is at home against La Grange (8-1, 4-0), Yoakum (5-4, 2-2) is at home against Giddings (6-3, 1-3), and Gonzales (6-3, 2-2) travels to Smithville (4-3, 1-3).

"This is a district that anybody can win on a given week and it's proven to be that way," said Cuero coach Travis Reeve. "Every team is a good team. There hasn't been one week where you can say this is going to happen or that is going to happen. You've got to go out and play every week and we're going to have play this week."

The Gobblers put themselves in a position to make the playoffs with its 41-14 win at Gonzales last week.

"It's think it's our will to come out and work every every day," said Cuero senior Logan Goebel. "No matter what happens we come out here and work hard every time."

Cuero, Gonzales and Yoakum are tied for second place.

If all three teams win, Cuero and Gonzales would advance to the playoffs by virtue of the district's net points formula.

"That's correct," said Gonzales coach Ricky Lock. "We know if we win, we're in."

Yoakum would advance to the postseason with a win and a loss by either Gonzales or Cuero.

"We've got to win and have a little bit happen," Kornegay said. "But we can only control the things we are involved in."

If Yoakum, Gonzales and Cuero lose, they would fall into a tie for second with Smithville and Giddings.

Net points between the teams would determine the two playoff representatives.

"I was in a district like this when I was at Gainesville," Lock said. "We had Celina, Argyle, Prosper and Sanger was pretty strong. You just take it week to week. That's all you can do."

The coaches will get their teams ready to do everything possible to win on Friday, but only two will be happy with the results.

"It's the most competitive district I've ever been in," Kornegay said. "You're going to have three good football teams at home next week."

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