It’s still hard to fathom that this week is the final week of the regular season.
For everybody that isn’t a Ryan fan, your team has played nine games this season, with one more remaining on the regular season slate. We’ve got some interesting games around the area in the final week of the regular season, and we’ve also got some noteworthy contests people might want to keep their eyes on.
1. Celina (9-0, 3-0) at Argyle (9-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m., Eagle Stadium
Who should care: Argyle, the general public
Why it matters: For the fourth straight year, Argyle could clinch the district title in the final week of the season. Both teams haven’t lost since the 2012 Class 3A Region II quarterfinals. Argyle has won 22 straight district games and is looking for its fifth straight district title.
Its last loss? Yep, you guessed it. The Eagles lost to Celina in 2008.
But, only bragging rights are on the line here. Both teams essentially clinched their playoff berths during 7-on-7 in the summer.
2. Aubrey (2-7, 1-2) at Carrollton Ranchview (4-5, 0-3)
Who should care: Aubrey, Argyle, Gilmer
Why it matters: This one’s more complex that it seems, so let’s start with Aubrey.
A) It’s pretty simple for Aubrey. A win, and the Chaparrals are in the playoffs and they don’t have to deal with any weird point tiebreakers. Lose, and then you deal with the weird tiebreakers.
HOWEVER, If Ranchview beats Aubrey by eight points or less, Aubrey’s still in. Three of District 10-3A’s playoff teams are Celina, Aubrey, Argyle meaning…
B) … Argyle and either Frisco Lone Star and Ranchview will go in the 3A Division I bracket, while Celina and Aubrey will go into Division II. And it looks like Gilmer is going to Division II, so Argyle and Gilmer won’t face each other for a fourth straight year.
Gilmer and Argyle have a nice rivalry built on strong dislike for one another, and both teams have been ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in 3A, respectively, by the Associated Press. Gilmer topped Argyle 42-21. Argyle’s won two of the three meetings since 2010.
3. Decatur (6-3, 2-1) at Sanger (6-3, 2-1), 7:30 p.m., Indian Stadium
Who should care: The two teams playing
Why it matters: Both of these teams will be going to the 3A Division I playoffs, and the winner of this game will be the top seed from District 9-3A. And depending on what happens in District 10-3A, the loser of this game could be playing Argyle, and I think we know how that’s going to turn out. The winner won’t have as tough a matchup and might be playing the likes of Frisco Lone Star or Ranchview (if Aubrey’s out).
4. Hurst Bell (7-2, 5-1) at Colleyville Heritage (7-2, 5-1), 7:30 p.m., Mustang-Panther Stadium
Who should care: Ryan
Why it matters: This one’s pretty simple. Ryan plays the winner of this District 6-5A game. Heritage took the district’s top 5A Division II seed going into the postseason and defeated Hebron in the first round of the playoffs, while Ryan beat Bell in the bi-district round.
Those scenarios will be flipped this year, as Hebron has 5-5A’s top seed.
So there you have it. Enjoy the last week of the regular season, because it’ll be gone by the time the sun comes up on Saturday morning.
It’ll be time for the playoffs.