Roscoe needs win to have shot at playoffs

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Will Roscoe’s season end tonight or will it advance to the playoffs for the fifth straight season?
A win at Cross Plains this evening could do that but if Haskell also wins, Roscoe must beat Cross Plains by at least 12 points. A loss and Haskell win would end any chances of advancing to the playoffs for the Plowboys, who are 1-3 in District 7-2A, D-II.
Roscoe put itself back in the 7-2A playoff hunt with its 62-14 win over last-place Baird to end a four-game losing streak last Friday.
Hamlin and Albany, who are both 4-0, meet to decide the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds tonight. Cross Plains (2-2) is currently in third place but has lost its last two after a 2-0 start in district play. Haskell is 1-3 in district and Baird is 0-4.
Roscoe enjoyed its highest one-game point total vs. Baird last week and finished with close to 500 yards in offense. Jayden Gonzales, the team’s quarterback, was 10-of-18 for 201 yards with four TD passes and Gary Shaw had 207 yards rushing with a pair of scores.
Highland will miss the playoffs after Friday’s 56-6 loss to Garden City in 8-1A DI. The Hornets can finish on a winning note, though, by beating Water Valley this evening. Highland has had the bad luck of competing in a district with not one but two top-10 teams in Garden City and Sterling City. The Hornets (6-3, 1-2) earned a No. 15 ranking this week in the D-I poll, while Garden City is No. 2 and Sterling City is No. 8. The two heavyweights meet tonight in Sterling City to decide District 8 seeding for the Class 1A, Division I playoffs.