Playoff picture: Season could come down to last gamePublished 10:45am Wednesday, October 23, 2013
For some high school teams their playoff picture is crystal clear.
Edgewood Academy is the region champion for the third year in a row.
Tallassee and Reeltown have clinched a spot in the playoffs, but their first-round opponents aren’t so clear.
Then there is Wetumpka and Stanhope Elmore whose playoff futures are as clear as mud.
Wetumpka’s playoff future is a little more clear than its rival, but not by much.
Not only are bragging rights on the line in this week’s Battle of Elmore County, but so too are playoff berths.
Should Wetumpka win Friday night it would likely earn the No. 3 seed to face No. 2 seed (Fairhope) out of Region 2.
As for Stanhope Elmore, may need some help in order to earn a playoff berth should the Mustangs beat the Indians at Hohenberg Field.
“We need to make sure our players are prepared and know their roles,” Indians head coach Tim Perry said, “and let all the other things like the playoff situations take care of itself. If we’re not focused on our preparation–focusing on our preparation is our priority.”
“Right now we’ve got no chance if we lose Friday night,” Stanhope Elmore coach Jeff Foshee said. “And even if we win, we may need some help to get in.”
With so many variables in play for the third and fourth seeds in Region 4, it may come down to the results from Week 10 or even a coin flip to decide the teams earning their way into the playoffs in three weeks.
“The rivalry is important to our kids, but the playoffs are much more important at this point,” Foshee said.
Sports Editor Cory Diaz contributed to this report.