8-3A Division I
This has been one of the more competitive districts in East Texas. West Rusk’s back-to-back losses to Tatum and Sabine have pushed them down to the third seed with no chance for improvement as their regular season is over.
Elsewhere in the district though, this is a critically important week. Tatum and Gladewater will compete for the district championship this week as Mineola and Sabine’s games against Winnsboro and White Oak respectively will decide the fourth seed. Unless there’s a major upset, look for Mineola to take that spot.
10-2A Division II
Unlike 8-3A Div. I, 10-2A Div. II’s playoff standings are largely set in stone. With three of the top four teams holding the same 5-4 overall record, the district appears competitive on paper. However, a look at the district records tells a different story.
Clarksville is almost certainly going to walk away with the district title, even if they lose to Mount Enterprise this week. At 3-1, Bowie is also safely secure as the second seed. The third seed, Detroit, will be taking on the winless Maud Cardinals this week, so they will likely finish with a 3-2 record, and Mount Enterprise’s victory over Overton earlier in the season ensures the Mustangs are out of the running.
10-2A Division I
Of all of the teams in East Texas this season, two teams have seemed unstoppable in their respective districts. The undefeated Carlisle Indians is one one of them. The Indians’ closest district game was last week’s blowout against Big Sandy. The Indians won 40-6. While their dominance over the division is absolute and Alto is secure as the second seed, this Friday’s game pitting Big Sandy against Cushing will decide who goes into the postseason as the third and fourth seed. The top of 9-2A’s bracket is still up for grabs as Centerville will take on Leon for the district title this week, but the winner of the Big Sandy/Cushing game will face the weaker of the two.