Lions, Tigers to play for all the marbles in District 17-5A match-up

Indians, Eagles still in hunt for playoffs

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With the final week of the 2017 regular football season to play, the playoff spots are not determined.

Ennis will host Corsicana for the District 17-5A crown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Both are 6-3 for the season and both are 4-0 in loop competition. The winner will win the title.

Win or lose, Corsicana will advance to the State playoffs.

Whitehouse, Lindale and Jacksonville are all vying for the final two playoff seeds. Whitehouse has clinched one of the spots even if the Wildcats lose Friday. Whitehouse, which will host Lindale, has plus-17 over Lindale at minus-10 and Jacksonville at minus-7 in the point spread between the three schools. In the case of a tie-breaker, 17 is the maximum points, so Whitehouse has already reached the maximum and has clinched one of the two playoff seeds. If the Wildcats defeat Lindale, Whitehouse will advance as the third seed.

Jacksonville hosts Nacogdoches in the final district match-up. If the Indians win and Whitehouse wins, Jacksonville will advance as the fourth seed to the playoffs.

Last week, Corsicana defeated Whitehouse 27-10, Ennis tripped Nacogdoches 49-21 and Jacksonville edged Lindale 25-15.

Ennis and Corsicana are 4-0 in the loop standings, Whitehouse is alone at 2-2, Jacksonville and Lindale each sport a 1-3 mark and Nacogdoches is winless at 0-4.

The fourth seed from District 17-5A will play College Station in the first round of the State playoffs. The Cougars claimed the District 18-5A title with a 26-20 overtime victory over Temple last week. College Station, 8-2 for the season and 6-0 in district, has a bye this week.

Also in District 18-5A, Temple, 6-3 for the season and 4-1 in district play, will host Bryan (3-6, 1-4), and Waco University (0-9, 0-5) will host Waco (5-4, 2-3).

Before this week’s action, Temple is in second place and the Wildcats clinched second seed by virtue of a 28-20 win over A&M Consolidated earlier in the schedule. Consolidated is favored to defeat Bryan Ruder and should claim the third seed. Waco looks to be the odds of favorite for the fourth seed.

All four District 18-5A teams defeated District 17-5A squads in the 2016 playoffs. Temple advanced to the Division I title game, while A&M Consolidated advanced to the Division II semifinals.

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