I took a little good-natured ribbing from some Nocona people after the Indians’ 14-13 victory Friday night because I had picked Holliday.
Having seen the teams play, Nocona winning wasn’t a fluke. The Indians’ defense was very impressive and Holliday’s was stout, too. I’d pick Nocona to win if they played again, but I’d expect another down-to-the-wire affair.
But that’s the thing with me. I have an “I’ll believe it until I see it” attitude. If I had covered another Nocona game this year, I might have picked the Indians. But given Holliday’s tradition and appearance in more big games like this, I sided with the Eagles.
Same with Seymour-Quanah. Felt the Indians could give Seymour a game and thought they could score on Panthers. But I had seen Seymour win its two games by a combined score of 96-7. And I had seen the Indians look really good for 2 ½ quarters and then struggle stopping a Henrietta team that hasn’t scored much since.
So have I learned my lesson? Probably not. Now that I have seen Nocona (and not Jacksboro), I’ll pick the Indians to knock off the Tigers this weekend in what should be another great matchup. Seeing is believing, right?
* Holliday has now lost three games at home this season. Wonder when the last time that happened?
* I will say this about the Eagles. They aren’t ever going down without a fight. Sam Shirley looked like he would be tackled in bounds with just a few seconds left but he fought through a couple tackles and dove out of bounds, which allowed the Eagles to get off a field goal attempt. That play epitomizes Holliday.
* That was a gutsy effort on the road by Rider Friday night. Real gutsy. The Raiders had already received good news Thursday when FW Wyatt edged South Hills (stopping a game-winning two-point conversion in the closing seconds). That’ll send Aledo into the Division I bracket.
But then to go on the road against a Guyer group and hold them to 21 while giving themselves a chance to win in the fourth quarter with their third-string QB. Gotta give it up to the Raiders.
* The biggest developments to come out of Hirschi’s win over Iowa Park, which wasn’t so surprising:
It means Hirschi will win a three-way tiebreaker with Iowa Park and Burkburnett if all three wind up at 1-3. The Huskies are a +8 in that situation and can’t be caught.
Burkburnett can clinch a spot by beating Iowa Park on Friday, but the Hawks have to win out (which includes a win versus Vernon the next week). Considering they are 1-7 right now, I don’t like the odds of IP winning two straight.
* With the really good chance of either Burkburnett or Hirschi making the playoffs, Graham might have been the biggest winner besides the Huskies this weekend. Because now the Steers look bound for the Division II bracket and will avoid Kennedale and Stephenville in the first two rounds. Glen Rose will still be a very tough second-round opponent.
* Lots of seeding left to be determined in 5-2A Division II, but playoff spots are all but locked up. Nocona and Jacksboro are in, with Holliday making it by beating City View this week.
* Henrietta’s playoff streak is now officially over. Nine straight years isn’t easy to do, even if half the teams make the playoffs these days.
* More will be mentioned about it in Wednesday’s 2A/A roundup, but I can’t ever remember a tailback rushing for 500 yards before since I’ve been around. I know it was six-man, but what Northside’s Jody Brandt did on Friday was impressive.
* Besides IP-Burkburnett and Nocona-Jacksboro, there are a couple other big games that will go a long way to determining playoff spots. Bowie has to win out, but must beat Pilot Point on Friday first. And it looks like Electra at Perrin-Whitt will determine third in 8-A Division II.
* Still trying to crunch numbers/run through scenarios in some districts, but I’ll post a playoff scenario blog in the next day or two.