Prep football: Class 5A playoff scenarios, previews
With one weekend of games left, several teams have punched their playoff tickets while some still hope to do so. Below is a district-by-district breakdown of the playoff picture for area Class 5A schools, with teams' district records in parentheses.
Clinched: Klein Collins (6-0), Klein (4-2).
Alive: Tomball (4-2), Klein Oak (4-2), Dekaney (3-3).
Scenarios: Klein Oak and Tomball can clinch with a win or a Dekaney loss. Dekaney needs a win over Westfield, a Klein Oak loss to Klein and a Tomball win over Klein Forest.
Clinched: The Woodlands (5-0), Lufkin (4-1).
Alive: Kingwood (3-2), Oak Ridge (2-3), College Park (2-3).
Scenarios: Kingwood can clinch with a win over Oak Ridge or a College Park loss to Lufkin. Oak Ridge needs a win over Kingwood and a College Park loss. College Park clinches with an Oak Ridge loss or a win over Lufkin. If College Park beats Lufkin, Oak Ridge can get in if it beats Kingwood by three or more points.
Clinched: Cy-Fair (6-2), Cypress Creek (6-2), Cypress Ridge (6-2).
Alive: Cypress Woods (6-2), Cypress Falls (5-3).
Scenarios: Cy Woods clinches with a win over Cy Springs or a Cy Falls loss. Cy Falls needs a win over Cy Lakes, plus a Cy Woods and a Cy Ridge loss.
Clinched: Alief Taylor (5-0), Hastings (4-1), Eisenhower (4-1).
Alive: Aldine (2-3), Elsik (2-4).
Scenarios: Aldine needs a win over Alief Taylor to clinch. Elsik has an open date but clinches with an Aldine loss.
Clinched: Katy (6-0), Cinco Ranch (6-0).
Alive: Katy Taylor (3-3), Seven Lakes (3-3), Memorial (3-3).
Scenarios: The winner of Saturday’s Katy Taylor-Seven Lakes game is in. Memorial is in with a win over Strake Jesuit or a Seven Lakes loss. Katy Taylor can get in with a Memorial loss.
Clinched: Lamar (6-0), Madison (5-1), Bellaire (5-1).
Alive: Westbury (3-3), Chavez (3-3).
Scenarios: Chavez and Westbury play Thursday, with the winner clinching and the loser eliminated.
Clinched: North Shore (4-0), La Porte (3-1), Beaumont West Brook (3-1).
Alive: Port Arthur Memorial (1-3), Channelview (1-3), Baytown Sterling (0-4).
Scenarios: P.A. Memorial clinches with a victory over Baytown Sterling. Channelview needs a win over North Shore and a P.A. Memorial loss. Baytown Sterling needs a win of 18 points or more over P.A. Memorial and a Channelview loss to get in.
Clinched: Dobie (4-0), Deer Park (3-1), Pasadena Memorial (3-1), South Houston (2-2).
Scenarios: All four berths have been clinched. Deer Park and Dobie will be the Division I representatives; Pasadena Memorial and South Houston will go to Division II.
Clinched: Elkins (4-0), Travis (3-1).
Alive: Dulles (3-1), Hightower (3-1), Bush (2-2), Kempner (2-2).
Scenarios: The district’s zone play system pits Elkins and Travis to play for the district championship. The winner of Bush-Hightower and the winner of Dulles-Kempner will get the final two berths.
Clinched: Pearland (6-0), Clear Springs (5-1).
Alive: Clear Creek (3-3), Clear Brook (3-3), Dickinson (3-3), Clear Lake (2-4).
Scenarios: Clear Creek clinches with a win over Clear Lake. Creek can get in if it loses to Clear Lake by fewer than 11 points. Creek can get in with a loss and Dickinson and Brazoswood wins. The Clear Brook-Dickinson winner clinches a berth. Clear Lake needs a win over Clear Creek and a Dickinson loss. Lake can get in with a win by three or more points over Creek plus Clear Brook and Brazoswood wins. A Dickinson win would force Clear Lake to have to beat Clear Creek by 11 points or more. Dickinson can get in with a loss plus a Clear Brook win and a Clear Lake win of fewer than three points. A Dickinson win would force Clear Lake to have to beat Clear Creek by 11 points or more.