More contenders than slots as playoffs loom

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com Hunter White and IAHS are in second place in Division 1-4A.

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Hunter White and IAHS are in second place in Division 1-4A.

By Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

The playoffs begin in a week for Class 2A, 3A and 4A and there is plenty to be decided Friday about who will be in and out.

There are two weeks left in the regular season for the other three classes, but in 1-1A, two important weeks.

One of those games is tonight, as Falkner hosts Coffeeville. With a win, the Eagles could throw a kink in the standings. Falkner, which lost at Smithville last week, sits at 5-1 in the division, as do Smithville and Hamilton, which play each other Friday. Coffeeville is alone at 6-0.

The top two seeds in the division play at home in the first round of the state playoffs.

“They’re really fast,” Falkner coach Cory Armstrong said. “They try to get outside on you and on defense, they’re bringing the house. Here they come.”

To be determined

It’s pretty simple in 1-2A. The winner of the Walnut-Mantachie game gets a first round playoff game at home and the winner of East Union at Hatley makes the first playoff trip in school history.

In 4-2A, the winner of Calhoun City at Okolona wins the division. Bruce is three. East Webster and Eupora play for four.

In 1-3A, the winner of Kossuth at Booneville will be home for a playoff game next week, the loser on the road. And if Belmont beats Alcorn Central, the Cardinals are in. A Belmont loss coupled with a Mooreville win against North Pontotoc would put Mooreville in the fourth spot and Belmont at home.

In 4-3A, Louisville has clinched, Aberdeen is two and Nettleton four. Kemper County is three.

Division 1-4A is as messy as any.

Corinth has clinched it, Itawamba AHS second. Pontotoc and Amory are both 2-2 and Pontotoc beat Amory. But 1-3 Shannon can still get in. That would take a win against Pontotoc and Corinth beating Amory. That, and some numerical figuring. In that scenario, all three would be 2-3 in the division, with wins against each other. Tiebreakers enter the equation.

In 4-4A, if Leake Central loses at Caledonia and Houston beats Noxubee County, Houston would get in as a fourth seed.

With two weeks left in Class 5A, there is a scrum in Division 1. Saltillo, Lewisburg and New Hope are all 2-3 in division, but all are outside the four spots going into Friday. Both teams are left on Saltillo’s schedule.

brandon.speck@journalinc.com