Sports

Area Football Playoff Outlook with One Week Remaining

Mon 10-20-2014



Several area teams have locked up playoff spots with one week left in the season while others can still make it based on this Friday's results. This is an unofficial look at playoff scenarios for area teams.

Teams that have clinched a playoff birth:

Spirit Lake:
The Indians have locked up the #1 seed in 2A District 1. A win against MOC-Floyd Valley on Friday will give them solo possession of the district championship.

Emmetsburg:
Emmetsburg is currently #2 in 1A District 3 and has clinched a playoff spot. They could be as low as the 4th seed based on this week's district results, but as of now, they are second and will see playoff action.

Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire:
GTRA has locked up a playoff spot and will enter as a 2 or 3 seed in 8 Man District 2.

Estherville Lincoln Central:

ELC has locked up the #4 spot in 2A District 2 so they will be in the playoffs.

Teams that can still make the playoffs:

Harris-Lake Park:
H-LP is ranked 4th in 8 Man District 2. They will make the playoffs with a win this week against Laurens-Marathon or a loss by Remsen, St. Mary's.

Spencer:
The Tigers are currently 4th in 3A District 1. A win at Sgt. Bluff-Luton on Friday gives them the 4 seed, as long as LeMars loses. If Spencer loses Friday, they can still make the playoffs if LeMars and Denison both lose. All three teams play top 3 teams in the district this week so if any of the three teams win this week, they will have earned the playoff berth with a clutch win in the final week of the regular season.

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn:
As of now, H-M-S holds 4th place in 1A District 2, but they play the #1 team in the district on Friday night when they host West Lyon. A win seals their spot in the playoffs. If they lose, they own the heads-up tie breaker with Ridge View, but not Sibley Ocheyedan, the 5th and 6th place teams in the district. If there is a three way tie after Friday night's games are done, the final scores of the games could help determine who claims the #4 seed in the district.

No playoffs in 2014:

Okoboji:
The Pioneers picked up their second win of the season last week, but their season will come to an end this week as there are no scenarios that will give them a playoff berth. Nonetheless, Okoboji has a lot to be proud about this year.


Playoff football begins on Wednesday, October 29th.