In the four divisions of 2A/3A, six teams with more losses than wins remain in the hunt for the Area round, the second of the 2021 playoffs: Post and Schulenburg in 2AD1; West Sabine and Bremond in 2AD2; Blanco in 3AD1; and Alpine in 3AD2. Five have a (5-6) record, West Sabine (4-6)
All six have to be delighted to still be competing for a state title. Of course, their dreams of such may have disappeared by Sunday, November 20th; but each is to be applauded for having recovered from district and seasonal woes to be going now against "the best of the best."
The circumstances pose a most fascinating question: Which have the best chances to move on to a sub-region matchup?
While we can make no claim to possessing supernatural prediction abilities, we do think we are entitled, at the very least, to take a quick look into the crystal ball. My look tells me that Schulenburg may be an Area survivor.
and the same for Blanco.
Schulenburg beat a pretty good Mason team in BiDistrict. In fact, the Shorthorns had the Punchers under control for most of the game. Also, a look at Schulenburg's very strong schedule hints at a wish by the Shorthorns not to look back but to concentrate now on advancing toward state. Similar comments could be made about Blanco. Three of the Panther losses were to teams also still competing.
Both Schulenburg and Blanco suffered early losses to Shiner, which, from a playoff standpoint may have been a blessing. Facing a truly quality opponent is not anything new for either team. They've been there. They know what they have to do.