Wildcats still have shot at district's No. 1 seed

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Cassville with plenty to play for against Mt. Vernon

Most fans love to scoreboard watch on Friday night to see how the other area teams are doing.

For the fans of Cassville football, there is added interest in the games that will be contested this week.

Currently, the district is seeded by points as follows: No. 1 Reeds Spring, 47.86; No. 2 Monett, 42.98; No. 3 Cassville, 41.36; No. 4 Mt. Vernon, 35.45; No. 5 Hollister, 29.03; No. 6 Seneca, 26.14; No. 7 East Newton, 24.98; and No. 8 Aurora, 19.34.

Only two seeded teams are locked down and will not move when the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) finalizes the district bracket on Saturday -- Hollister will be the No. 5 seed and Aurora will be the No. 8.

East Newton, currently the No. 7 seed, will leap Seneca for the No. 6 spot if the Indians lose, even if the Patriots beat Monett. Seneca travels to Lamar this week.

Cassville has the most to win or lose in the district standings. As the playoff picture comes into focus the scenarios break down into three parts for the Black and Gold.

Scenario One

A Wildcat win, coupled with a Monett loss, catapults Cassville to the No. 2 seed based on the district point formula. The Wildcats will then, courtesy of the "Automatic Flip," take the No. 1 seed and host Aurora in the first round of the playoffs.

There has been a ton of confusion about the relatively simple flip rule. To sum it up -- if a lower seeded team directly below a higher seeded team defeated them head-to-head during the regular season, like if the No. 2 seed beat the No. 1 seed, then they will be automatically flip.

Once a team flips, they are protected and cannot flip again.

MSHSAA will start at the No. 1 seed and work down to see if teams need to be flipped.

So, Cassville would flip with Reeds Spring by virtue of the head-to-head win, and Monett would shift down to the No. 3 seed.

Scenario Two

Should both Monett and Cassville win, they would remain in the current seeded position.

The Wildcats would host East Newton in the first round of the playoffs, and the Cubs would welcome the Indians to town.

Scenario Three

Should Cassville lose to Mt. Vernon, the Mountaineers would be the No. 3 seed and Cassville would slide to the No. 4 spot. The Wildcats would still have a home game and host Hollister in the first playoff round.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. for the Mountaineers and Wildcats.

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