5A & 4A Playoff Scenarios After Nine Weeks

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With just a week left in the regular season, teams have started to plan for the postseason while others are still fighting to keep their season alive. Here’s a breakdown of each conference and what teams need to do to reach the playoffs.

 

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Alma – Airedales win the conference title and earn the No. 1 seed with win at Maumelle or a Greenbrier loss vs Vilonia. An Alma loss coupled with a Greenbrier win and a Morrilton win would drop the Airedales down to the No. 3 seed. Other scenarios exist where Alma would be the No. 2 seed but that depends on margins of victory and tie-breaker points.

Greenbrier – Panthers are the No. 2 seed with a win vs rival Vilonia. Greenbrier would win the conference with a win and an Alma loss. A loss coupled with wins by Harrison and Morrilton would result in a three-way tie, forcing tie-breaker points to come into play.

Harrison – Goblins are the No. 3 seed with a win. A loss and a Morrilton win would push the Devil Dogs to the No. 3 seed and Harrison would be the fourth seed.

Morrilton – Devil Dogs are the No. 3 seed with a win and a Harrison loss at Farmington. Morrilton was forced to forfeit a pair of 5A-West wins.

Vilonia, Maumelle, Farmington & Clarksville – All have been eliminated from the postseason race.

 

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Prairie Grove – Tigers have clinched the conference title and a first round bye no matter the outcome of Friday’s game at Lincoln.4a1

Pea Ridge & Shiloh Christian – The week 10 matchup is for the No. 2 seed while the loser is the No. 3 seed. The second seed from the 4A-1 would play defending state champion and No. 1 ranked Nashville in the second round.

Gravette – The Lions are the No. 4 seed with a victory over Gentry. Pioneers are winless in the conference. A Gravette loss coupled with wins by both Lincoln and Huntsville would cause a three-way tie.

Huntsville – The Eagles are the No. 5 seed with a win at Berryville. A Huntsville loss and a Lincoln win would see the Eagles drop out.

Lincoln – Wolves are the No. 5 seed with a win vs Prairie Grove and a Huntsville loss at Berryville. A loss would eliminate Lincoln.

Berryville & Gentry – Both have been eliminated from the postseason race.

 

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Dardanelle – Sand Lizards win third straight conference title with victory at Waldron. A loss would makes things wacky as a three-way tie would be likely.

Booneville – Bearcats win the conference with a victory over winless Subiaco Academy paired with a Dardanelle loss and a Dover win (by four points) at Ozark. Booneville is the No. 2 seed with a win and a Dardanelle win. Bearcats would fall to the third seed with a loss.

Ozark – Hillbillies get the No. 2 seed with a win over Dover and a Booneville loss. If both Ozark and Booneville win, Hillbillies are the No. 3 seed. If Dover wins at Ozark, Hillbillies drop to the No. 4 seed.4a4

Dover – A win at Ozark guarantees a finish no worse than the No. 3 seed. A Pirates win and a Booneville loss would see Dover as the No. 2 seed. A Dover loss would see them as the No. 4 seed.

Waldron – The Bulldogs need help. They are the No. 5 seed with a win over Dardanelle or a Pottsville loss to West Fork. A Booneville victory at winless Subiaco and a Waldron loss would end the Bulldogs season.

Pottsville – A win vs West Fork and a Waldron loss would give the Apaches the No. 5 seed. There are several scenarios involving a Pottsville win that include tie-breakers but the Apaches would need a convincing win and help as they are last in the league in playoff points.

West Fork & Subiaco Academy – Both have been eliminated from the postseason race.