By George Slaughter
Call it a case of musical chairs, District 19-6A style, with two teams—Morton Ranch and Taylor—competing for the final playoff spot this weekend, the last of the regular season.
Katy, at 9-0 overall and 5-0 in district, has clinched the top spot. Tompkins, at 9-1 overall and 5-1 in district, has clinched the second spot. Tompkins has a bye this week. Mayde Creek, at 7-2 overall and 3-2 in district, has the third spot.
Here’s a preview of the two games with playoff implications.
Taylor Mustangs vs. Katy Tigers
The Mustangs play the Tigers at 6 p.m. Thursday at Legacy Stadium.
Taylor, at 5-4 overall and 3-2 in district, earns a playoff spot with a win over Katy. Should the Tigers win, the Mustangs can still earn a playoff berth with a Mayde Creek win, or loss by three or fewer points, against Morton Ranch. The point margin is important for the Mavericks, who with a four-point victory would earn a playoff berth because of point differential.
Last week, Katy defeated Mayde Creek 47-0. Taylor had a bye week.
Mayde Creek Rams vs. Morton Ranch Mavericks
The Rams play the Mavericks at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Legacy Stadium.
Mayde Creek is enjoying its best season since 1997. Morton Ranch, at 5-4 overall and 2-3 in district, earns a playoff a spot with a win by four or more points over Mayde Creek and a Katy victory over Taylor.
Last week, Mayde Creek lost to Katy. Morton Ranch defeated Seven Lakes, 10-7.
Here’s a preview of the other games involving Katy-area high school football teams.
Seven Lakes Spartans vs. Cinco Ranch Cougars
The Spartans play the Cougars at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rhodes Stadium.
The Spartans, 3-6 overall and 0-5 in district, are coming off a 10-7 loss to Morton Ranch. The Cougars, 0-9 overall and 0-5 in district, are coming off a 58-0 loss to Tompkins.
Paetow Panthers vs. Lamar Consolidated Mustangs
The Panthers play the Mustangs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Traylor Stadium.
The Panthers, 8-1 overall and 5-1 in District 10-5A, are coming off a 34-30 victory over Montgomery. The Mustangs, 7-2 overall and 4-2 in district, are coming off a 41-8 victory over Cleveland.