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Yoakum in must-win situation against Giddings (VIDEO)

By MIKE FORMAN
Nov. 7, 2013 at 5:07 a.m.

Tre'Vontae Hights, center,  and the Yoakum  Bulldogs face a must-win situation against Giddings to make the playoffs.

Yoakum coach Brent Kornegay admits his team's situation could be better.

But Kornegay knows the situation could also be a lot worse.

The Bulldogs need a District 26-3A win at Giddings on Friday night to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

"The players understand the situation," Kornegay said. "They've busted their tails from August to November, and now, they have the opportunity to be where they want to be. It's a matter of taking advantage of the situation, and you're in."

If Yoakum gets into the playoffs, it would either be the first or second seed in Division II.

A loss would put Giddings into the Division I playoffs and knock La Grange to Division II.

Yoakum started off district play with wins over Smithville and Cuero. But losses to Gonzales and La Grange have put the Bulldogs in a must-win situation.

"Defensively, we've played pretty well," Kornegay said. "Offensively, we've done some things where we just shoot ourselves in the foot."

Yoakum was in a more precarious situation at this time last year.

The Bulldogs not only had to defeat Giddings, but they also needed help and got it when Smithville defeated Gonzales. Yoakum wound up as the top seed in Division II.

"We're glad to have a chance, especially in this district where you have so many good athletes," Kornegay said. "Our kids understand the ramifications."

Second or left out

Schulenburg is virtually in a must-win situation to avoid missing the playoffs for a second straight season in District 14-2A, Division II.

Unless Universal City Randolph defeats Blanco, the Lexington-Schulenburg winner qualifies for the postseason, and the loser will be eliminated.

If Schulenburg and Blanco win, Schulenburg, Blanco and Jarrell would finish in a three-way tie for second.

Schulenburg would get the second seed by virtue of the district's points formula. The Shorthorns would play Van Vleck in bi-district.

Home at last

Bloomington will play its first game this season at Bobcat Stadium.

The stadium has been undergoing renovations, forcing Bloomington to either play at a neutral site or on the road.

Bloomington will attempt to end a 64-game district losing streak against Natalia.

The Bobcats and Mustangs are winless in District 15-2A, Division II.

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