DQ Blog

Oct 14, 2009

Week of Reckoning in 2-5A

While waiting (and waiting) for the Major League Baseball's league championships series to get under way in both the American League and National League, some drama should be playing out for both Amarillo 5A schools this week. The situations for Amarillo High and Tascosa are different, yet equally vital.

Starting with Tascosa on Thursday at Dick Bivins Stadium, the Rebels need to beat Lubbock Coronado just to keep pace in the playoff race. They're currently tied for fourth in the district, and with a win, they'll be tied for third in the district with the loser of Friday's Amarillo High-Midland High game.

Ah, yes, the Sandies and Bulldogs. Last season at Bivins, the two teams played a double overtime thriller in which Lance Lahnert and myself (when I was working for the Midland Reporter-Telegram) needed a calculator to keep track of all the points and yardage, a game which rivals last week's Palo Duro-Caprock game for Bivins offensive classics. Midland High prevailed 53-49, which was a huge reason the Bulldogs made the playoffs and the Sandies didn't.

It's hard to imagine the two teams putting up similar offensive numbers when they meet Friday in Midland. The winner will grab no worse than sole possession of second place (and a share of first should Odessa High be upset by Lubbock Monterey on Thursday) and an inside track on a playoff spot, so it's hard to overstate the importance of the game.

So for better or worse, we'll have a much better idea of where the Sandies and Rebels stand at the end of Friday night.

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