The Joshua Owls have waited 39 years for a taste of the playoffs. So what's another couple days?
Because of the weather, the Owls have had to wait a few extra days before either celebrating a playoff berth or having to play a tiebreaker game or two.
Joshua (7-5 in district) closed out its regular season on Friday, Feb. 12 with a hard-fought loss to Midlothian, the District 14-5A champion. Entering play that night, Joshua could have officially clinched a playoff berth with either a win or a Red Oak loss to second-place Waco University.
However, the Waco University at Red Oak game originally scheduled that night was postponed and rescheduled to Saturday, Feb. 13. But that game wasn't played either due to road conditions.
Now Waco University and Red Oak are scheduled to play their regular-season finale at 10 a.m. this Saturday (Feb. 20) at a location to be determined.
If Waco University wins that game, it's simple: the Owls are in the playoffs as the No. 3 seed — ending a 39-year playoff drought.
If Red Oak beats Waco University, however, it sets off a three-way tiebreaker for two playoff spots. In that scenario, Red Oak would play Ennis at 4 p.m. Saturday in Midlothian, and then Joshua would play the winner of that game at 6 p.m. Saturday.
If Joshua were to win that game, the Owls would secure a playoff berth and the No. 3 seed while the loser would be fourth. However, if Joshua were to lose that game, the Owls would play the loser of the Ennis-Red Oak game to determine the final playoff spot and No. 4 seed.
Simply put, if Red Oak beats Waco University, the only way the Owls would miss the playoffs is if they lose two games on Saturday.
The third-place team from District 14-5A will face North Forney in the Class 5A bi-district playoffs either Monday or Tuesday while the fourth-place team will face Highland Park.
Of course, all of these games are subject to change because of the weather.