Boyd, Lehnhardt

Austin Boyd (10), Matt Lehnhardt (4) and the Grandview Zebras can secure the No. 1 seed in District 9-3A Division I with a win tonight at Grandview. Seven of the county’s nine football teams are fighting either for playoff berths or playoff positioning over the final two weeks of the regular season.

To my fellow football fans, I bring good news and bad news; and they’re both the same. The 2019 Texas high school football regular season has only two weeks left.

That’s good because that means the playoffs are right around the corner; but it’s bad because that means the football season — somehow, someway — is nearing its end.

I equate it to eating a chocolate and vanilla pudding cup; you’re happy to eat the middle part of the pudding where the chocolate and vanilla converge, but you get a little sad when you start seeing the bottom of the cup.

Pudding cups aside, with only two weeks left, let’s take a quick look at the playoff picture for Johnson County football.

Starting off with the easy ones: Burleson Centennial (8-1, 6-1), Alvarado (6-2, 4-0), and Grandview (8-0, 4-0) have already secured playoff berths, while Joshua (1-7, 1-5) has already been eliminated from playoff contention.

Burleson Centennial is the only team in the county entering week 10 that has also already secured its playoff positioning as the Spartans will be the No. 2 seed in District 5-5A Division II. Centennial can’t catch No. 1 Aledo at the top, and the Spartans can’t fall to No. 3 via their head-to-head win over current third-place team Midlothian.

In District 8-4A, Alvarado can clinch the No. 1 seed and district title with a win tonight at home over Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins. It would be the Indians’ first district title since 2011, when Alvarado went undefeated en route to the Class 3A state title game. 

In District 9-3A Division I, the defending state champ Zebras can secure the No. 1 seed and district championship with a win tonight at Whitney, which is also 4-0 in league play. The lowest Grandview can finish is second place, as the Zebras own head-to-head tiebreakers over West (3-2) and Teague (2-2), who currently sit third and fourth.

Other than that, Cleburne, Burleson, Godley, Venus and Rio Vista are fighting for their playoff lives.

In District 5-5A Division II, the Jackets can clinch a playoff berth with a win in week 11 over Burleson. If Cleburne manages to upset Midlothian tonight and beat Burleson next week, the Jackets will earn the No. 3 seed. If Cleburne loses to Burleson in week 11 — even with a win over Midlothian — the Jackets miss the playoffs by virtue of a tiebreaker. So, Cleburne will face a win-or-go-home scenario in week 11 against the rival Elks.

Burleson needs a little help to have a chance at the playoffs. The Elks need the Jackets to lose tonight, then Burleson needs to beat Cleburne by at least 18 points next week to bump Everman out on points tiebreakers. (This is all assuming Everman beats Waco University and Joshua; if the Bulldogs lose to either the Trojans or Owls, it makes things a little easier for Cleburne or Burleson).

In District 4-4A Division II, the Godley Wildcats (6-2, 1-1) need to quickly forget about last week’s disappointing loss to Glen Rose. Godley can clinch a playoff berth and take a step towards the No. 2 seed with a win over Venus tonight. The Wildcats will be the No. 2 seed with wins over Venus and Hillsboro over the final two weeks.

Glen Rose (3-0) has already secured the district title and No. 1 seed by virtue of head-to-head wins over Godley (1-1) and Hillsboro (1-1).

Venus can keep its playoff hopes alive with a win over Godley tonight. If the Bulldogs pull off the upset, it will create a wild race for a playoff berth in week 11.

And finally in District 6-3A Division II, the Rio Vista Eagles (2-6, 0-3) are still alive for a playoff berth despite a winless mark in league play.

There are several different scenarios for the Eagles to get in. The simplest is Rio Vista needs to win its final two games, at Tolar (4-4, 1-2) tonight and vs. Jacksboro (5-3, 3-0) next week, along with a Millsap (4-4, 1-2) loss, to qualify for the playoffs. There’s also a potential for a three-way tie between Rio Vista, Millsap and Tolar, which would go to a point tiebreaker.

So these final two weeks should bring plenty of intrigue for seven of the county’s nine football programs. You can’t ask for much more than that.

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