District pairings coming into focus

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Area teams lockdown home playoff games

With just one regular season game left on the schedule for area football teams, the district playoff picture is all but settled.

In the Class 3, District 6 field, the current ranking is as follows: No. 1 Mt. Vernon, 45.76; No. 2 Monett, 44.07; No. 3 Cassville, 43.86; No. 4 Seneca, 34.82; No. 5 Reeds Spring, 31.96 No. 6 Hollister, 31.8; No. 7 Aurora, 18.54; and No. 8 Nevada, 14.86.

Mt. Vernon will lock down the No. 1 seed if they can defeat Hollister on Friday.

Even in a loss, the Mountaineers could seal the top seed if Cassville loses. The Green and White hold a head-to-head win over the Cubs this season.

While Monett has jumped Cassville in points, the Cubs’ stay at No. 2 will likely be short lived.

The only chance the Cubs have to secure the No. 2 seed is by defeating Nevada by at least 13 points and Mt. Vernon losing to Hollister.

That would catapult the Cubs a fraction of a point above the Mountaineers, who would automatically flip back to the No. 1 seed and rule the Cubs immune from any more of a downward slide in the district rankings.

Cassville travels to Lamar in what will be a revenge game for the Tigers after the Wildcats ended their winning streak in 2018.

The Wildcats, win or lose on Friday, would be no worse that the No. 3, but with the regular season win over the Cubs, will likely end up as the district’s No. 2 seed.

The bottom four seeds are already set.

Seneca will be the No. 4, Reeds Spring the No. 5, Hollister the No. 6, Aurora the No. 7 and Nevada the No. 8.

None of those teams can move up from their current placing. Either they cannot score enough points or the team ahead of them holds the automatic flip.

Projected first round match-ups are as follows:

• No. 8 Nevada at No. 1 Mt. Vernon

• No. 7 Aurora at No. 2 Cassville

• No. 6 Hollister at No. 3 Monett

• No. 5 Reeds Spring at No. 4 Seneca

Official district pairings will be released Saturday morning.

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