Some area football team's chances are as easy as "A beats B" while others are a bit more complicated as high-school and junior-college regular-season play comes to a close over the weekend.
Tonight at Garnett, for example, both opponents in the Fort Scott-Anderson County contest already know they've qualified for the Class 4A playoffs. The winner will be the District 6 champion and host a first-round game against the runner-up from District 5 Tuesday night. The loser will have to play on the road against the winner of District 5 Tuesday.
District 6's scenario is exactly the same as District 5's. The winner of the Louisburg-at-Paola game tonight is district champion while the loser is the runner-up.
Uniontown's prospects in Class 3A District 4 are more complex but the Eagles can still advance to the playoffs if the right things happen.
If Uniontown (2-6) defeats Central Heights (2-6) tonight at Richmond by at least 6 points and West Franklin (4-4) loses to Wellsville -- which has already clinched a playoff spot -- by at least 2 points, the Eagles will win the second playoff berth on the 13-point tie-breaker system. If Central Heights wins or loses by 5 or less while West Franklin loses by at least 2, the Vikings are in. West Franklin's only chance of qualifying is to somehow lose to Wellsville (7-1) by just one point while Uniontown beats Central Heights by exactly 5 points and hope more complex tie-breakers work in its favor.
The runner-up in District 4 will go on the road to face the champion of District 3 -- which was jokingly called District Zero by some as all four teams were winless going into district play. Erie is currently on top at 2-0 in the district while Southeast and Frontenac are both 1-1. Erie (2-6) plays at Frontenac (1-7) tonight while Southeast (1-7) travels to Northeast (0-8).
Jayhawk-Linn and Pleasanton will not be able to advance from their districts.
Fort Scott Community College was still alive for a shot at the No. 4 seed in the Region VI playoffs going into its bye last weekend. But Independence's upset of Coffeyville as put an end to that hope. Even if Independence, Garden and Fort Scott all end up with the same 2-4 conference record, there are no tie-breakers favoring the Greyhounds. The winner of Friday's Garden-Indy game will get the fourth spot.