Posted: October 24, 2012 - 1:56 PM
We’ve tallied all the records, completed all the calculations, and researched all of the district tie-breakers.
The result is this complete narrative of the district playoff scenarios for every district in the state – all classifications.
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District 1 – The fourth-ranked Lawrence Lions will host rival No. 3 Lawrence Free State to determine the district champion. The loser goes as the runner-up of this district. The Lions shutout the Firebirds 20-0 last season, but Free State had won the previous five meetings in the series.
District 2 – Nothing has been decided in District 2, although fifth-ranked Shawnee Mission West appears in control. The Vikings can capture the district title and earn their fifth consecutive playoff berth by beating Shawnee Mission Northwest. Shawnee Mission East will be a heavy favorite against winless Shawnee Mission North in the other game. Should Northwest or North pull off an upset, a three-way tie could result and either the points system will come into play.
District 3 – Still a lot undetermined in an interesting district that contains two teams each from the Sunflower League and Eastern Kansas League. Olathe East entered district play at just 2-4, but have won their first two district games convincingly. The Hawks have clinched a playoff spot for the 11th consecutive season, and can wrap up a district title by beating Shawnee Mission South this week. A win by the Raiders over the Hawks coupled with a Blue Valley Northwest win over Blue Valley North would force a three-way tie atop the standings, but the Hawks would still qualify based on the district point tie-breaker. It is possible for Blue Valley North to get in via the district points tie-breaker with a win over Northwest and a SM South loss to Olathe East.
District 4 – Gardner-Edgerton is the District 4 champion in their first year in Class 6A by virtue of wins over Olathe South and Olathe North. It’s the Trailblazers sixth consecutive playoff berth. They host Olathe Northwest this week who is already been eliminated. The winner of the Olathe North and Olathe South game will claim the runner-up spot. The defending champion Falcons will host Olathe North in Week 9.
District 5 – Traditionally one of the better districts in the state will again go down to the final week. Manhattan has the leg up with a 2-0 start, but must travel to rival Junction City in Week 9. A win by the Blue Jays – along with a Topeka High win over Washburn Rural – would force the district scoring system to decide both playoff spots. Washburn Rural must beat Topeka High by more than 13 points and hope for a Junction City loss to have a chance.
District 6 – For the fourth consecutive season, Wichita Heights will square off with No. 2 Derby to decide both playoff spots in District 6.
District 7 – Wichita Northwest has already clinched a playoff spot as even a 13-point loss to Wichita South this week coupled with a win by Haysville Campus over Wichita North would leave the Grizzlies in the top three in the district points tie-breaker. Campus, Wichita North, and Wichita South are a combined 2-22, but one of them will advance to the playoffs.
District 8 – Hutchinson has clinched a spot in the playoffs in their return to Class 6A. The only way the Salthawks don’t claim the District 8 championship is if they lose to Maize and Dodge City beats rival Garden City in the Hatchet Game. A Maize victory over Hutchinson and a 13-point win by Garden City will still give the Salthawks the title with the most district points in the tie-breaker. Maize is seeking their first playoff appearance since 2009. Dodge City must beat Garden City and have Maize lose to have a chance to extend their playoff streak to five seasons.
District 1 – Centennial League rivals Topeka Seaman and Shawnee Heights will square off to decide both playoff spots in District 1. Both the Vikings and the T-Birds entered district play on three-game losing streaks before winning their last two. Shawnee Heights has now qualified for the playoffs eight consecutive seasons.
District 2 – Mill Valley will host Kaw Valley League rival Lansing to determine both playoff spots in District 2. The Jaguars have won seven straight games since a season-opening loss at Manhattan. Lansing has won three straight after beginning the season 0-5. The Lions qualified for the playoffs by edging KC Schlagle 27-26 in Week 8.
District 3 – As anticipated, St. Thomas Aquinas and Bishop Miege will be the two teams representing this district in the playoffs. Aquinas will travel to Miege in Week 9 with a district championship and an outright Eastern Kansas League title on the line.
District 4 – Blue Valley and Blue Valley West have each qualified for the playoffs, but the Jaguars will host the Tigers in Week 9 to determine which team goes as the champion and which is the runner-up. Blue Valley West rallied with a late touchdown and two-point conversion attempt to edge Blue Valley Southwest 29-28 in Week 8.
District 5 – Emporia is the District 5 champion by posting wins over Newton and Andover. The Railers and Trojans will meet Week 9 in Andover with the winner getting the second playoff spot.
District 6 – District 6 remains wide-open as Kapaun Mt. Carmel sits atop the standings at 2-0, but must beat Andover Central this week to claim the district title. Wichita West travels to Ark City in the other match-up where both teams are seeking to end long playoff droughts. Several possible point combinations could result in different teams making the postseason in this district.
District 7 – Salina South is the District 7 champion by virtue of an impressive, dominating win at Hays. The Indians will to Salina Central with the winner getting the second playoff spot. Great Bend has been eliminated, but will host Salina South in Week 9.
District 8 – Bishop Carroll has dominated its first two district opponents by a combined score of 125-13, but the Eagles must beat Liberal to guarantee a district title. Meanwhile, the first meeting between Goddard and Goddard Eisenhower could decide a playoff berth in District 8.
District 1 – KC Piper is the district champion with wins over Atchison and KC Sumner Academy. The Redmen and Sabres will meet this week to determine which teams goes to the playoffs as the district runner-up. Meanwhile, Piper hosts winless Bishop Ward in the other contest.
District 2 – One of two districts in the state (3A, District 8) where all four teams are tied a 1-1. It’s simple, the winners are in the playoffs, while the losers stay home. The district champion is decided by whichever Week 0 winner beat the other head-to-head. Basehor-Linwood hosts Tonganoxie, while Perry-Lecompton travels to Jefferson West to decide the district.
District 3 – Spring Hill is the unlikely District 3 champion after surprising wins over St. James Academy and De Soto. After entering district play 2-4, the Broncos beat then undefeated St. James 41-12 before slipping past De Soto 17-13 last week. The Thunder and Panthers will square off in Lenexa on Thursday to decide the district runner-up.
District 4 – Both playoff spots will be determined as Baldwin travels to last year’s 4A state runner-up Eudora. The winner is the district champ, while the loser is the runner-up.
District 5 – Despite “down” years record wise by their standards, Louisburg (5-3) and Paola (4-4) will once again square off for a district championship. The Panthers will host the Wildcats this week, with the winner qualifying as the district champion, and the loser as the runner-up.
District 6 – SEK League rivals Chanute and Fort Scott will square off in Fort Scott to decide both playoff spots. The No. 5 Tigers remain unbeaten, while Chanute has losses to No. 3 Mulvane, Coffeyville, and Pittsburg.
District 7 – The two CNC League teams have qualified for the playoffs in District 7, while the two SEK League teams will stay home. Frontenac will host Girard on Thursday night to decide which team goes as the district champions and which team qualifies as the runner-up.
District 8 – Coffeyville-Field Kindley is the district champion after the Golden Tornado posted blowout wins over Labette County and Columbus. The ‘Nado will be heavily favored again this week against winless Baxter Springs. Meanwhile, Labette County will host Columbus with the winner becoming the district runner-up.
District 9 – Holton has already clinched a playoff spot as even a 13-point loss to Royal Valley this week coupled with a win by Topeka Hayden over Wamego would leave the Wildcats in the top three in the district points tie-breaker. Wamego is still alive, but must soundly beat Hayden and hope for Holton to take care of business against Royal Valley.
District 10 – Maize South has not reached the playoffs in all three years of its existence. The Mavericks are District 10 champions by virtue of wins over El Dorado and Hesston. The Wildcats and Swathers meet this week in Hesston to decide the district runner-up spot.
District 11 – Wichita Collegiate is the district champion after wins over Wichita Trinity and Rose Hill. Trinity will take on the defending 4A champion Rockets in Week 9 with the winner claiming the second playoff spot.
District 12 – Mulvane, ranked third in Class 4A, leads District 12 with a 2-0 record, but must beat Clearwater in Week 9 to secure the district title. Winfield travels to Wellington in the other match-up. The Vikings must beat the Crusaders and hope for a Clearwater loss to have a chance at advancing.
District 13 – Andale is the district champion after rallying to beat Buhler and blowing out Nickerson. Buhler hosts the Panthers this week to determine the second playoff spot.
District 14 – Ulysses and Hugoton will meet in Ulysses to decide both playoff spots. The Tigers will likely be heavy favorites at home. After a solid start to the season, Larned has lost five straight and will host Pratt in the other district game. The Greenbacks fell 21-20 to Hugoton in Week 7.
District 15 – In its first year in Class 4A, No. 2 McPherson has clinched a playoff spot as even a big loss at Chapman this week coupled with a win by Smoky Valley over Abilene would leave the Bullpups in the top three in the district points tie-breaker. Abilene must beat the Vikings and hope for a Chapman loss to McPherson if the Cowboys are to extend their playoff streak to six seasons.
District 16 – The district champion and runner-up will be decided in Clay Center on Thursday night as Concordia travels to take on the Tigers. The winner is the champion and the loser is the runner-up.
District 1 – Hiawatha will travel to Sabetha with the winner being crowned as District 1 champion and the loser will be playoff-bound as the runner-up. Riverside will miss the playoffs in its first season in Class 3A after beginning the season 6-0.
District 2 – This district still has a lot to be decided, but Riley County has clinched at least a playoff spot. Even if the Falcons lost to Rock Creek by 13 or more points and Nemaha Valley beats Marysville, Riley County would remain in the top two in the district points tie-breaker. Nemaha Valley will travel to Marysville needing a win and a Riley County win to secure the second playoff spot.
District 3 – Top-ranked Silver Lake is the District 3 champion by virtue of wins over Atchison County and Pleasant Ridge. The Tigers and Rams will square off this week at Atchison County to determine the district runner-up and second playoff spot.
District 4 – Mid-East League rivals Rossville and St. Marys had little trouble winning their first two district games. The Bulldogs and Bears will meet in Rossville this week to decide both playoff spots.
District 5 – Wellsville entered district play with a 2-4 record, but the Eagles are district champions after wins over Osage City and Central Heights. The district runner-up will be decided by the winner of the Osage City and Central Heights game in Week 9.
District 6 – Burlington will host Humboldt to decide both playoff spots in this all Tri-Valley League district. The winner between the Wildcats and Cubs will be the district champion, with the loser advancing as the runner-up.
District 7 – Caney Valley is the District 7 champion after posting wins over Cherryvale and Neodesha. The Chargers and Blue Streaks will meet in Cherryvale this week with the winner making the playoffs as the district runner-up.
District 8 – One of two districts in the state (4A, District 2) where all four teams are tied a 1-1, this district has been marred by injuries. Southeast-Cherokee will host St. Mary’s Colgan as both teams played the majority of their Week 8 losses without two of their better players. Galena will visit Riverton in the other match-up in a game pitting rivals less than four miles apart. The winners of each game will make the playoffs, and those two teams will be compared head-to-head. Whichever of the two winners beat the other head-to-head will be the district champion, and the other will qualify as the runner-up.
District 9 – Defending 3A state champion Conway Springs is the district champion after wins over Belle Plain and Chaparral. Cardinal quarterback Tanner Wood’s state-record 659 rushing yards in the wild 84-56 win over Chaparral may be the highlight of the season. The Chaparral and Belle Plain winner will qualify for the playoffs as the district runner-up.
District 10 – Still a lot to be decided in District 10. Sedgwick is atop the standings at 2-0 and will clinch the district title with a win at Whitewater Remington this week. Wichita Independent will host Leon-Bluestem in the other match-up. Bluestem needs a big win and a Remington loss to have a chance for their second straight playoff appearance.
District 11 – Third-ranked Garden Plain is the District 11 champion after beating Haven and Hutchinson Trinity. The Wildcats and Celtics will meet this week in Haven with the winner claiming the runner-up playoff spot.
District 12 – Hillsboro remains unbeaten on the season and can claim a district championship with a win at Halstead. Marion travels to Moundridge where a Warrior win coupled with a Halstead loss will give them the runner-up. Moundridge must beat Marion and hope for a big Hillsboro win to have a chance.
District 13 – Sacred Heart is unbeaten in district play and can clinch the title with a win over Lyons. The other match-up features Ellsworth traveling to Southeast of Saline. Big wins by Lyons and Ellsworth or Southeast of Saline and Sacred Heart could result in a three-way tie and a complicated tie-breaker scenario.
District 14 – Beloit is the district champion after posting wins over Phillipsburg and Norton. The Panthers and Blue Jays will meet this week in Phillipsburg to decide the runner-up and second playoff spot.
District 15 – Second-ranked Scott City is the District 15 champion after posting shutout wins over Hoisington and Thomas More Prep. The Cardinals and Monarchs will meet this week in Hays to determine the runner-up playoff spot.
District 16 – Holcomb and surprising Cimarron are each in the playoffs thanks to 2-0 starts in district play. The Longhorns and Blue Jays will meet in Holcomb this week to determine both playoff spots.
District 1 – Defending champion Centralia will be part of the 2-1A playoffs again this season having already clinched a playoff spot with their 3-0 district record. The Panthers can win the District 1 title by defeating Jackson Heights in Week 9. If the Cobras are able to beat the Panthers, they will be the district champs. A Centralia win would drop Jackson Heights to 2-2 in district play; the same record as Valley Heights who has already completed their district schedule. Jackson Heights holds the head-to-head tie-breaker with Valley Heights after beating the Mustangs 26-21 in Week 8. Troy can also get to 2-2 in the district by beating Doniphan West this week. If Jackson Heights, Valley Heights, and Troy all finish 2-2, the runner-up spot will come down to the district points. Even if they lose by the maximum of 13 points this week, Jackson Heights would finish with the most points in the tie-breaker system giving the Cobras the runner-up spot.
District 2 – McLouth is the District 2 champion after the Bulldogs posted impressive wins over Jefferson Co. North and Valley Falls. The Chargers and Dragons will meet at Valley Falls in Week 9 with the winner getting the runner-up playoff spot.
District 3 – Onaga is the District 3 champion having started 3-0 and with only winless Herington remaining on their schedule. Wabaunsee will travel to Chase County in the key Week 9 game in this district. A Chase County win over Wabaunsee will force a three-way tie of teams with 2-2 district records with Northern Heights. Even if they lost by 13 or more points this week, Wabaunsee would win that three-way tie by having the highest district points of the three. The Chargers are the runners-up regardless, but can simplify the math by beating Chase County in Week 9. Northern Heights has already completed its district schedule.
District 4 – Lyndon is the district champion having finished their district schedule with an unblemished 4-0 record. Olpe (3-1) has clinched the runner-up spot by virtue of wins over Northeast-Arma and Oswego. The Vikings and Indians play in Week 9 with the winner evening their district record at 2-2. Olpe travels to Jayhawk-Linn.
District 5 – This district is already decided. Top-ranked La Crosse is the district champion having only Medicine Lodge left on their schedule. Sterling is the runner-up having completed their district schedule at 3-1. A La Crosse loss to Medicine Lodge would not only be a huge upset, it would drop the Leopards to a tie with Sterling in district play, but the Leopards have already defeated the Black Bears head-to-head.
District 6 – Smith Center is the District 6 champion having won three of their district games by a combined nine points. Ell-Saline can claim the runner-up spot with a win at home over Bennington. Should the Bulldogs upset Ell-Saline and Plainville beats Washington County, a three-way tie at 3-2 will result. Ell-Saline would win the tie-breaker in that scenario by virtue of having the most district points. They could tie in total points with Plainville at 25 a piece, but Ell-Saline’s head-to-head win over Plainville would still give the Cardinals the playoff spot. If Bennington beats Ell-Saline and Washington County upsets Plainville, Bennington will get the district runner-up spot as only they and Ell-Saline would be tied at 3-2, and the Bulldogs would hold the head-to-head advantage.
District 7 – Oakley has clinched a playoff spot as even with a loss to Ellis they Plainsmen would be one of the top two teams. Ellis can clinch the district title by beating Oakley. If Oakley wins, Ellis would drop to 2-2 and in a tie with St. Francis and possibly Oberlin-Decatur County if the Red Devils are able to beat Leoti-Wichita County this week. St. Francis holds the head-to-head advantage over Ellis, but if a three-way tie ensues with Oberlin, the team with the most district points will earn the runner-up playoff spot.
District 8 – Meade has already clinched the District 8 championship by virtue of their 3-0 district start. The Buffaloes travel to Sublette this week, and even if they lose they would be tied with Stanton County with whom they hold the head-to-head advantage against. Thus Stanton County, which has completed its district schedule, has qualified as the district runner-up.
CLASS 8 Man-I
District 1 – Third-ranked South Haven has clinched a playoff spot after a 5-0 start to district play. The Cardinals travel to Central Burden (4-1) this week, while Udall (4-1) is still in the mix and will be a heavy favorite at Cedar Vale-Dexter. Udall holds the head-to-head tie-breaker over Central Burden by virtue of their 24-20 win over the Raiders in Week 8. If South Haven wins, Udall is the runner-up regardless of their outcome at Cedar Vale-Dexter. A Udall loss coupled with a Central Burden upset of South Haven would mean the Raiders would be the district champions. If Udall and Central Burden win forcing a three-way tie at 5-1, South Haven would be the district champions by virtue of their large district points lead, while Central Burden would get the runner-up spot by having the second-highest points total.
District 2 – Marmaton Valley has already clinched a playoff spot by virtue of their 4-0 district start. The Wildcats will travel to St. Paul (3-1) this week. Marais des Cygnes Valley (3-1) is also in the mix after upsetting St. Paul in Week 8. The Trojans will travel to Pleasanton this week. If Marmaton Valley wins, Marias des Cygnes Valley is the runner-up regardless of their outcome at Pleasanton. A MDCV loss coupled with a St. Paul upset of Marmaton Valley would mean the Indians would be the district champions. If MDCV and St. Paul win forcing a three-way tie at 4-1, the playoff qualifiers will be determined by the two teams with the most district points, but Marmaton Valley is guaranteed to be one of those given their large point total entering Week 9.
District 3 – Two-time state champion Madison is the district champion by virtue of their 5-0 district start. Only Lebo can tie Madison for the best district record, but the Bulldogs hold the head-to-head advantage. If Lebo wins at Peabody-Burns, the Wolves are the runner-up. If Peabody-Burns wins, they will get the runner-up spot via the head-to-head win over Lebo. Centre-Lost Springs can also finish 4-2 in district play by upsetting Madison this week, but the Cougars would be tied with Lebo and Peabody; two teams they lost two earlier in district play.
District 4 – Mankato-Rock Hills will host Osborne this week with the winner taking the District 4 championship. The loser will fall to 4-2 in district play and into a tie with Clifton-Clyde (who has finished their district schedule) and potentially Pike Valley if the Panthers can get by winless Linn. The runner-up spot would then by determined by the team with the highest district points total assuming there is no common winner amount the three teams. If Rock Hills wins the district forcing a three-way tie between Osborne, Clifton-Clyde and Pike Valley for second, Clifton-Clyde would be eliminated having lost to both Osborne and Pike Valley. Pike Valley would hold the head-to-head tie-breaker with Osborne by virtue of their 50-40 win over the Bulldogs in Week 8. If Rock Hills loses and drops into a potential three-way tie with Clifton-Clyde and Pike Valley, the team with the highest district points total will be the runner-up.
District 5 – Central Plains threw a wrench in to District 5 with a surprising 56-52 upset over Solomon. The Oilers and Gorillas are tied a 3-1 entering the last week of district play, while Pretty Prairie is 4-0. The Bulldogs have clinched a playoff spot as even with a 21-point loss to Solomon in Week 9, Pretty Prairie would remain in the top two in district points. If Pretty Prairie beats Solomon, the Bulldogs are the district champions and Central Plains is the runner-up if the Oilers can win at Little River. If Little River and Pretty Prairie post wins, the runner-up spot will be decided by the points system where Solomon has the advantage over the Redskins and Oilers. If Solomon and Central Plains both win, the three-way tie at the top with Pretty Prairie will be decided by the two teams with the most district points – Pretty Prairie and Solomon.
District 6 – The St. John Tigers are 5-0 in district play and have clinched a playoff spot. The Tigers will play at Kiowa County (4-1) this week in a game where the winner will be the District 6 champion. Should Kiowa County win, the Mavericks are the champions and St. John is the runner-up. If St. John wins, Kiowa County would fall to 4-2 and into a tie with the winner of this week’s match-up between Fairfield and Macksville. Kiowa County holds the head-to-head tie-breaker if Fairfield wins, thus giving the Mavericks the runner-up playoff spot. Should Macksville win, the Mustangs hold the tie-breaker over Kiowa County by virtue of their 28-24 win over the Mavericks back in Week 3.
District 7 – Hodgeman County is on top of the District 7 standings at 4-0, followed by Minneola (3-1) and Spearville (3-1). Hodgeman County has already posted wins over the Wildcats and Royal Lancers and thus the Longhorns are the District 7 champions. Minneola will host Spearville this week with the winner qualifying as the district runner-up.
District 8 – Top-ranked Ness City is the District 8 champion after rolling through their district with their closest margin being 32 points. The Eagles host winless Hill City in Week 9. The district runner-up and second playoff spot will go to the winner of the game between Atwood-Rawlins County and Hoxie.
CLASS 8 Man-II
District 1 – Top-ranked Baileyville B&B is the District 1 champion thanks to a 3-0 district record. The Falcons travel to Blue Valley Randolph (2-2) in Week 9. Hanover has already clinched the district runner-up spot. Even if the Wildcats should lose to Frankfort this week, they would hold the head-to-head tie-breaker over both of the teams that could tie them in the standings: Axtell and Blue Valley Randolph.
District 2 – With one week to go Chase, Goessel, and Hope are all knotted atop the District 2 standings with 4-1 records, with Southern Cloud right behind at 3-2. Chase holds wins over both Goessel and Hope and thus the tie-breaker among those three. If the Kats beat White City, they are the district champions. Hope will travel to Goessel this week with the winner making the playoffs. Southern Cloud must win at Tescott and have Chase lose to White City. If that happens, Chase, Southern Cloud, and the Hope/Goessel loser will all be tied at 4-2, and the runner-up will be decided by the team with the most district points. Chase can finish with no less than 42 points, while Goessel can only go as low as 37, Hope 26, and Southern Cloud can at best finish with 26.
District 3 – Waverly has already claimed the District 3 title by virtue of their 3-0 district start. The Bulldogs host Southern Coffey County in Week 9. Colony-Crest has finished its district schedule, and at 3-1 the Lancers have already clinched the runner-up spot. It’s important to note that the Kpreps District 3 standings and point totals omits Altoona-Midway which dropped their varsity scheduled prior to the season. If you see district standings elsewhere with these teams each having one more district win and +21 more points, that is the difference.
District 4 – South Barber has clinched the District 4 title thanks to a 5-0 district start. The Chieftains play at Cunningham this week. Caldwell has already secured the district runner-up spot. The Blue Jays are 4-1 in district play and could find themselves tied in the standings with Stafford and Cunningham, but Caldwell has defeated both the Trojans and the Wildcats and thus is the runner-up.
District 5 – Defending champion Thunder Ridge is back in the playoff field having already wrapped up the District 5 title after a 5-0 start. The Longhorns will be joined in the playoffs by Beloit St. John’s-Tipton which has clinched the District 5 runner-up. The Blue Jays (4-1) are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2009 when they reached the state semifinals. St. John’s-Tipton holds the head-to-head tie-breaker with Northern Valley, so even if the two should finish in a tie in the district standings, the Blue Jays get the nod.
District 6 – Sharon Springs-Wallace County won the District 6 championship by shutting out Weskan 56-0 in Week 8. Despite the lopsided loss, Weskan has sewn up the runner-up spot thanks to holding the head-to-head tie-breakers against both Wheatland-Grinnell and Cheylin; the two teams one game behind the Coyotes in the district standings. It is Weskan’s first trip to the postseason since 2005.
District 7 – Otis-Bison (4-0) has clinched a playoff spot in District 7, but that is all that has been decided thus far. Victoria (3-1) and Sylvan-Lucas Unified (3-1) sit just behind the Cougars. Victoria’s only loss in district play came to Otis-Bison, while Sylvan-Lucas hosts the Cougars in Week 9. An Otis-Bison win gives them the district title and Victoria the runner-up. The Knights defeated Sylvan-Lucas 58-12 in Week 5. Should Sylvan-Lucas pull off the upset over Otis-Bison and Victoria beat Wilson, a three-way tie atop the standings will result and the two teams with the top district points scores would make the playoffs. Otis-Bison is guaranteed to be one of those two teams given their current total of points (79), but whether the other would be Victoria (42) or Sylvan-Lucas (29) in that scenario depends on Friday night’s games.
District 8 – Fowler (4-0) has won the District 8 championship after wins over Rolla (3-1), Ingalls (2-2), and Moscow (2-2). The Gold Bugs will be heavy favorites at Ashland this week, but even with a loss can only be tied by Rolla who they hold the head-to-head tie-breaker against. Rolla can sew up the runner-up spot by winning at home against Moscow this week. If Moscow wins and Ingalls beats winless Bucklin, a three-way tie at 3-2 will ensue for the runner-up spot and the team with the highest district points total would get the second playoff spot. If that occurs and Ingalls defeats winless Bucklin by 20 or more points, the Bulldogs would sneak into the runner-up playoff spot.