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teams head into te final weekend of the regular
season assured of playing at least one
more game when the state playoffs begin next
Thursday. Three other teams hold their postseason
fate in their own hands in winner-takeall
How does it impact the latest area rankings of
The Post Newspaper? Here goes:
1. CLEAR SPRINGS (6-2, vs. Clear Lake,
Friday): It’s plain and simple for the Chargers
(5-1 in District 24-6A), as a win over the Falcons
would give coach Craig Dailey and his squad a
second straight district title.
2. DICKINSON (6-2, vs. Clear Brook, Friday):
The Gators (4-2 in 24-6A) have ripped off four
straight wins yet a loss to the Wolverines could
surprisingly keep them at home for the postseason.
Dickinson’s defense can’t afford to give
up 447 yards to Brook in the same manner they
allowed Clear Falls to do so last week.
3. HITCHCOCK (5-3, vs. La Marque, Friday):
So much for East Chambers being the measuring
stick in 12-3A-1. The Bulldogs went
into Winnie and delivered a 44-24 pounding
that assured them of at least a share of the
district title. Bulldogs Stadium will be rocking
Friday when they get a chance to take out the
Cougars and take a perfect 5-0 district record
into the playoffs.
4. FRIENDSWOOD (6-3, at Alvin, Friday):
Assured of a playoff berth, the Mustangs (4-2
in 24-6A) will look to shake off the 24-0 loss last
Friday to Clear Lake and bid for a victory over
the Yellow Jackets to head into the postseason
with some momentum.
5. GALVESTON BALL (5-3, vs. Fort Bend
Willowridge, Friday): Kimble Anders’ slow and
steady progress paid off in Saturday’s rout of Fort
Bend Elkins that clinched the Tors’ (4-2 in 23-5A)
first playoff berth since 2009. Ball’s revamped
offense, combined with a solid defense, will make
them a tough out in the postseason.
6. LA MARQUE (5-4, at Hitchcock, Friday):
Style points have been few and far between
for the Cougars, but coach Mike Jackson has
kept the team (3-1 in 12-3A-1) on track for their
eighth straight playoff berth despite off-field
challenges involving his infant son.
7. CLEAR BROOK (5-3, at Dickinson, Friday):
It’s win or else for the Wolverines (3-3 in 24-6A)
as their quick-strike offense must solve the
Gators defense in order to make sure next
Monday is a practice date rather than cleaning
out lockers.
8. SANTA FE (5-3, vs. Fort Bend Marshall,
Friday): The Indians (3-3 in 23-5A) still have a
chance at the playoffs, yet it would take a monumental
upset of the state-ranked Buffaloes
and a Texas City loss in order to pull it off. Don’t
doubt coach Mark Kanipes and his squad,
especially at home.
9. TEXAS CITY (3-5, vs. Fort Bend Elkins,
Friday): Similar to last year’s finale, the Stingarees
(3-3 in 23-5A) need a win over the Knights to
advance to the playoffs. Doing so would give
coach Leland Surovik his sixth playoff trip in
seven years at the helm of the TC ship.
10. CLEAR CREEK (3-5, vs. Clear Falls,
Friday): Wildcats (2-4 in 24-6A) coach Darrell
Warden will retire after this game after giving
the program its best stretch of football in his 13
seasons. He took the team to 10 playoff bids
and made them one of the better programs in
the Houston area for much of his time.
11. CLEAR FALLS (1-7, at Clear Creek,
Friday): In defeat, the Knights (0-6 in 24-6A)
showed the Gators they are making progress.
With much of his talent coming back, coach
Zach Head has sown the seeds to a possible
breakout in 2018.

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