Ryan’s Playoff Predicament

Flower Mound and Conner Wanhanen (16) will try to sprint past Ryan and into the postseason in the final game of the regular season. (Layne Murdoch/Special Contributor)

I haven’t been around here long enough to remember when Ryan hadn’t already clinched a playoff spot before the final game of the season.

Well, that time has come.

And with everybody only playing five District 5-5A games, there’s enough traffic in the standings to make Interstate 635 blush.

Luckily for everybody, The Dallas Morning News has broken down almost all the playoff scenarios for the area, saving everybody who’s terrible at dealing with these scenarios a whole lot of headache.

And wouldn’t you know it, there’s only one playoff spot that hasn’t been clinched yet.

If Ryan wins against Flower Mound, the Raiders are in the postseason. No head-scratching needed.

But if the Raiders lose, then that’s where things get tricky. If Ryan loses to Flower Mound by less than 12 points AND Flower Mound Marcus loses to Hebron, the Raiders would still make the playoffs.

If Ryan wins and Hebron loses, Ryan clinches the district’s No.1 in the Class 5A Division II playoffs. If Hebron beats Marcus, Ryan gets the district’s No.2 seed in the 5A DII playoffs.

Flower Mound (3-6, 1-3) clinches with a win over Ryan AND a Marcus win OR a win over Ryan by at least 13 points  AND a Marcus loss.

If Ryan reaches the playoffs, the Raiders will play either Colleyville Heritage or Hurst Bell  in the first round at Cowboys Stadium in a quadruple header, per the DMN’s Corbett Smith.

 

Let’s not forget something here — Ryan hasn’t missed the postseason since the 20th Century. Head coach Joey Florence was at the helm at Cooper the last time the Raiders were sitting at home instead of playing in the postseason.

Now, if we’re all going to be serious here and not delve into coach-speak, Ryan should have no problems getting into the postseason. Flower Mound is 1-3 in district and got thumped by Marcus last week. Hebron, in turn, should beat Marcus and clinch the district’s  DII slot (Of the four schools from each district that make the playoffs, the two largest schools go DI, while the two bottom schools go DII. Better record gets the higher seed).

Whew. Now I know that’s a lot to digest, but that’s what happens when four of the district’s six teams make the playoffs. Hopefully it’s not as confusing as it seems.

Feel free to peruse the rest of the potential playoff pairings. Go ahead. Knock yourself out.