Playoff race is heating up in 30-4A

Oct. 18, 2012 at 5:18 a.m.

It may not sound like much, but a team that is able to win half its District 30-4A football games, should be able to earn a playoff berth.

A trio of coaches in the district said three wins should secure one of the four playoff positions.

"With seven teams and everyone being so close, I think it's going to take three to make sure," said Gregory-Portland football coach Matt Anastasio. "Could it take two with a lot of tiebreaker scenarios? To make me feel better as a coach, you need three."

Undefeated Calhoun (6-0) already has its third district win. The winner of Friday's game between Gregory-Portland (6-1) and Calallen (4-2) will avoid its second district loss.

Victoria East (2-5) will travel to Beeville (2-4) with the loser knowing a third district loss would drastically reduce its chances to return to the playoffs.

Both teams lost in the area playoffs last year, but entering Week 7 of the 2012 season they are sixth and seventh in the district respectively.

"Every week is important to us at this point," said Victoria East football coach Roland Gonzalez. "Earlier in the year we put ourselves in a hole and we have to fight our way out."

Gonzalez, when asked the same question as Anastasio and Victoria West's Leonard McAngus, said it would take three wins for a team to escape this district.

The first tiebreaker would be a head-to-head match up. It's a tiebreaker the Titans would lose against Tuloso-Midway (3-4, 1-2), but win against McAngus' Warriors (4-2, 1-1).

Victoria West hosts Calhoun in another game that will have ramifications elsewhere.

A Warriors win would put the Sandcrabs even with the winner of the game in Portland. A Calhoun win would move them one game away from a second straight 30-4A title.

"You always think about it, but you have to focus on the task at hand," McAngus said. "If you get too caught up in that, I think you're worried about the things that are out of your control. The main thing you have to worry about is what's right ahead of you."

McAngus, Anastasio and Gonzalez not only agreed that it would take three wins to escape this district. The four qualifiers will certainly have proven their mettle.

"It's been as competitive, if not more, than we anticipated," Gonzalez said. "Every other team in our district is playoff-worthy. Whoever gets out will represent our district well."



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