This year’s state playoffs marks the return of the 1-win monster

BILL MARTIN

I n our annual walk down playoff lane, we are happy to report that all three of our area teams are participating this year.

The last time that happened was in 1999 and consequently, all three were district champions that season.

Thorndale shared the league title this time around, while Rockdale and Milano finished a solid second to a couple of solid teams in Navasota and Burton.

Just putting out the word for any coach of the year kudos to Milano’s Craig Jentsch, who after losing the likes of twoway all-state performer Dominique Messer and two-year starting quarterback Thomas Sanders, cobbled together a team that won eight games.

The Eagles were picked fourth in district in pre-season. In five seasons in Milano, Jentsch is 38-15.

I’m unhappy to report that after a complete absence of one-win teams last season, we have two dotting the playoff bracket and not surprisingly, they’re both in Class 3A where for the first time, four teams were plucked out of district play and into post season.

Pampa and Diboll both finished with one win, both in district play, in five-team districts.

Diboll could be involved in the slaughter of the week when it faces 10-0 and No. 6 ranked Fairfield in the first round of the playoffs. Fairfield handed Navasota its only loss of the year.

Pampa will face 8-2 Cooper.

There are eight two-win teams in the playoff brackets

All told, there are 75 teams with losing records and this does not include the 30-or-so teams that stand pat at 5-5.

In the eight years I have been doing my little playoff comparison, that is an all-time high.

The previous high was 61 in 2010. There were 52 teams with losing records in the playoffs on 2012.

There are actually seven games in all five classes where two losing teams actually play each other.

I would recommend skipping the Borger (3-7) versus Andrews (4-6) tilt unless you’re just a glutton for punishment or enjoy the relaxing eight hour drive to Lubbock.

Not really an attention grabbing game that stands out in any bracket, but Navasota (9-1) against Robinson (8-2) at Waco ISD Saturday might be fun to watch, although Robinson has dropped two straight.

Every team that Rockdale faced made the playoffs—with the exception of Caldwell.

Taking advantage of the new four-team format in Class 3A, even Hillsboro slipped into the post-season.

This is a team that Rockdale clobbered 59-7 (with a running clock) and finished 3-7.

It’s the Eagles first playoff appearance in 11 years and their three wins is the most in a decade.

The Eagles’ first round opponent— Liberty Hill. Oh boy.

Hillsboro is a squad that will fit into my category of, “so tell me again what they’re getting out of this?”

If you’re Hillsboro Coach Mike Palmer and its 75-0 at halftime, what do you tell your team?

The UIL wants you to tell them, hey, they made the playoffs.

The 5ive

Here are the top five revenge songs of all-time: 1. “When He Cheats”, Carrie Underwood (2007)—Carrie turns into her own personal Earl Shieb.

2. “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”, Vicki Lawrence (1972)—Sisterly love.

3. “You’re So Vain”, Carly Simon (1972)—Warren Beatty, please stand up, please stand up.

4. “You Oughta Know”, Alanis Morsette (1995)—Ouch!

5. “These Boots Are Made For Walkin”, Nancy Sinatra (1966)—My only question is did the boots come with a matching purse?


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