Highlandâ€™s playoff hopes will be on the line today when the Hornets travel to Ira.
Highland (5-4) is coming off its first loss in six games, a 76-62 setback against Rotan in the Hornetsâ€™ district opener, while Ira is unbeaten at 8-0 and crushed Hermleigh 66-6 in its first district game.
With only three district games and two playoff qualifiers out of the four teams, the Hornets canâ€™t afford another loss. Todayâ€™s game was moved up by one day because both Highland and Ira have several athletes who will in Arlington on Saturday to com-pete in a regional cross country meet.
Highland was unable stay with Rotan despite one of its highest-scoring games of the year. Rotan, which had an 0-7 record coming in, plays Hermleigh this week and can clinch a playoff spot in District 7, Divi-sion 1 Six-Man with another victory.