Trying to end on a high note

Three Nolan County football teams come into Friday’s season finales with hopes of ending on a positive note. But for one of them, a win assures another game next week and a whole new outlook with the start of postseason play.Thanks to a 33-12 win over Ralls, Roscoe is on the verge of claiming a 13th straight playoff berth as the No. 3 team from District 7-A, Division II. The win improved the Plowboys to 2-2 in district.Roscoe (3-6 overall) is currently tied with Roby for third place in district but will secure a playoff spot if it defeats Rotan (0-4, 1-8) at home Friday, even if Roby also wins, due to Roscoe’s 22-8 head-to-head win last month. Roby hosts Hamlin (4-0), which has already clinched the No. 1 seed. Crosbyton (3-1) will represent the district as the No. 2 team in the playoffs.Despite its sub-.500 record, Roscoe appears to be jelling of late. The 33 points scored against Ralls represented the team’s highest one-game total of the year. In addition, Roscoe has scored 84 points in its last three games while the defense has also shown improvement under first-year head coach Jonathan Haseloff.There will be no playoffs for the local six-man teams. Highland and Blackwell were eliminated last week and are 0-2 in district. But both appear to have a good chance of winning their games on Friday.Highland (2-6 overall) will travel to Hermleigh, which is 0-2 in district and 3-6 overall. Ira and Aspermont, both 2-0, have clinched playoff spots. Blackwell goes to Panther Creek (0-2, 2-7 overall) for its finale.