Football playoffs: at least there’s no 1-9 team this time around
While the University Interscholastic League ignores the pleas of serious football fans everywhere when they keep adding teams to the playoffs, Friday night, 508 teams begin the quest for the 12 available state championships.
In our yearly examination of the football playoff brackets, there are 52 teams with losing records in the playoffs, up significantly from 33 a year ago, but still down from the high of 61 in 2010.
While this year’s crop has spared us the indignation of a 1-9 team, there are a four two win teams in the fray.
In Class 3A, Burkburnett and Charlotte out of Class A are Dallas Madison and Bonham in Class 3A (see below).
And from the living right department, Seagraves— despite its 4-6 record and while 10-0 district champions play on—received a bye in the first round in Class A.
Just remember, it’s only going to get worse. Class 3A will soon be sending four teams from each district to the playoffs.
Don’t miss this first round game: In Class 4A, No. 5 Nederland against No. 15 Dayton in Beaumont. Both teams are 9-1.
Nederland’s lone loss was to No. 16 Angleton. Dayton’s only loss was to No. 9 Humble Summer Creek in the regular season finale in district.
First round game to skip: Out of Class 3A, Dallas Madison vs. Bonham in Little Elm. Both teams are 2-8.
Should either one of these teams win the state championship (which would include knocking off No. 1 Navasota), their record would be 8-8.
Blowout of the week: The No. 1 team in Class 5A and possibly the nation, Katy, versus 3-7 Houston Westbury, who started the season 0-6. The Rebels first win came against Houston Math, Science and Tech High School.
Looking ahead to a possible area contest between Class 2A No. 1 Refugio and Rogers. Predicted score: Refugio 112, Rogers 100. Refugio’s Travis Quintanilla becomes the first quarterback throw for 1,000 yards in a game.
Before you scoff, the defending state champions are averaging 64 points a game and scored over 70 points in six of their 10 games, including an 84-0 thrashing of Skidmore Tynann in the regular season finale.
Neighbor Rogers is putting up 52 points per outing, including an 84-56 victory over Mart.
Here’s wishing Buckholts good luck in the 6-Man bracket. Led by Rockdale native Chad Satcher, the 7-3 Badgers secured the District 16 championship and take on 5-5 Aquilla in the first round of the playoffs in Penelope Thursday.
Buckholts has not won a playoff game since 1965, but has made three straight post-season trips, but had the misfortune of facing twotime state champion Richland Springs in the first round in 2010-11.
Would love to see Texas A&M wunderkind Johnny Manziel bring home the Heisman Trophy for no other reason than that would make two straight winners who were told by the University of Texas that they weren’t good enough to play for the Longhorns.
Speaking of Johnny Football,
here are the five best football
1. Dick “Night Train” Lane—
This Austin product still holds
the NFL record for interceptions with 14—set in 1952.
2. “Broadway” Joe Namath—
This playboy’s lifestyle earned
him his moniker.
3. “Mean” Joe Greene—
Another Texan. Simple and to
4. Ed “Too Tall” Jones—All-
Pro defensive end was 6-9.
5. Ken “The Snake” Stabler—
Oiler quarterback was awfully