The last time Bruceville-Eddy advanced to the playoffs, the San Francisco 49ers won Super Bowl XIX over the Miami Dolphins, Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record, Kansas City won the World Series, the Lakers topped the Celtics in the NBA Finals, Michael Jordan competed in his first dunk contest and Wayne Gretzy was named the NHL’s MVP.
It all happened in 1985.
The Eagles had the longest playoff drought in Class 3A history and sixth longest in the state of Texas, that is, until last Friday night.
Down by 21 points in the third quarter, Bruceville-Eddy clawed its way back into the game. New Waverly left the door open as it scored to retake the lead with four minutes left in the game but missed the extra point. The Eagles capitalized off the Bulldog miscue with a touchdown and successful extra point attempt of their own to seal the win. A win that put Bruceville-Eddy into the playoffs.
The Eagles join a plethora of Central Texas teams who have already extended their seasons into the postseason.
Friday night, Midway and La Vega each clinched district titles. Waco High’s gutsy performance on the gridiron at Bryan, scoring 21 unanswered points to win 42-21, sealed a playoff berth for the Lions. Hillsboro also guaranteed its postseason fate with a win over Fort Worth Benbrook. District 9-3A became even more of a mess with Teague’s victory over Malakoff. Now, Teague, Malakoff and West are tied atop the standings with a 5-1 record in district play.
Cameron Yoe, expected to finish higher in its district, should barely make the postseason with a fourth place district finish, while the McGregor Bulldogs are ready for some postseason football in coach Judd Thrash’s first year with the program. Along with Midway and La Vega, Clifton and Bremond have also clinched their district titles with a perfect record. Whether or not Bosqueville or Mart does the same thing in District 8-2A Div. I will be determined next weekend as the two teams battle it out in Waco.
While some playoff pairings have already been determined – like Midway’s bi-district contest against Grand Prairie scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Midway – other teams are fighting for playoff spots.
China Spring and Gatesville are the last two teams into the bracket for District 13-4A Div. I. The only question is which one will be third and which one will be fourth. The Cougars should get the win over a winless Lampasas team in district play, while Gatesville will have its hands full with Liberty Hill, who survived China Spring by a point on Friday night.
In Div. II of the Class 4A bracket, Mexia, Connally and Lorena are all battling for the final two playoff spots in District 9-4A. Lorena travels to Fairfield on Friday, while Mexia goes to Robinson and Connally hosts Salado.
If you think that makes for a crazy finish, check out District 9-3A Div. I. As mentioned earlier, there’s a three-way tie at the top between Malakoff, Teague and West. That leaves three teams fighting for the final spot. Groesbeck and Eustace are tied for fourth with Whitney a game back. If Whitney can beat Groesbeck on Friday and Eustace loses to West, then it’s a three-way tie.
In District 8-2A Div. I, while Bosqueville and Mart battle for the title, Axtell travels to Italy to play for the final playoff spot.
In 1A action, Coolidge and Aquilla are playoff bound, while undefeated Blum and Avalon play for the district crown on Friday. Jonesboro, likely district champ, is in the playoffs as either Zephyr or Evant will advance. Undefeated Iredell is also into the playoffs. Morgan and Walnut Springs play Friday for the final spot.
It’s do or die for high school football teams across the state next weekend. Will teams get to check off another goal on their list they made before the season began, or will they have to return their gear and start basketball practice? We’ll find out soon.