Roscoe, Highland need W to maintain playoff chance

By: 
Ron Howell
Sports Editor

One Nolan County football team — Blackwell — is assured of a forfeit victory today because the Hornets’ opponent, Trent, has cancelled the rest of its season.
But the other three area teams won’t be able to have that luxury.
Sweetwater goes to Fort Stockton and the 1-3 Mustangs may need a win to stay in playoff contention.
The same thing is true for Roscoe in District 7-2A, Division II and Highland in District 8-1A, Division I.
Roscoe is 0-3 and likely needs wins in its final two games against Baird (0-3) and Cross Plains (2-1) to get in after losing to Haskell (1-2) last week. Baird lost to district co-leader Hamlin last Friday. Roscoe has not missed the playoffs since the 2013 season, its first for sixth-year head coach Jake Freeman.
Highland — 1-1 in 8-1A, D-I — goes to No. 2-ranked Garden City this evening. The No. 14 Hornets, who go into the game 6-2 overall, lost to then-No. 5 Sterling City 52-36 last week and may not be able to afford a second district loss since they are in Class 1A, where only two out of the five district teams can advance. A Highland win would likely force Garden City (2-0, 8-0) to win at Sterling City (3-0, 9-0) next week to create a tiebreaker for determining the district’s top two teams — assuming Highland wins its regular season finale vs. Water Valley (0-2) at home on Nov. 9.
Blackwell, 2-0 in 6-1A DII and ranked No. 3 in the state, hosts Loraine (1-0, 1-7) next week in its finale after beating Moran 66-20 last Friday. Loraine hosts Moran (0-1, 4-3) today.
Blackwell is trying for its second straight 10-0 regular season.

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