Keller Citizen

Central, Keller make playoffs

The boys soccer playoffs are still a week away, but one game remains in the district schedule.

With Central and Keller having secured reservations for the postseason, regardless of the outcome of their finale games on Friday, Timber Creek and Fossil Ridge have some rabbit’s-foot rubbing and challenges ahead of them this week.

Central, the second seed, entered the week with an opportunity to move into a tie for the championship and take the top seed.

Here’s how some of the scenarios could play out:

If Fossil Ridge can beat the district leader, Byron Nelson, on Friday, and Central takes care of business against Timber Creek, the Chargers will be co-champions with Nelson. In that scenario, Central would take the top seed out of District 5-6A due to claiming the head-to-head tiebreaker criteria.

Central owns a win and a tie against Nelson.

Of course, should that occur, Timber Creek, which is tied with Fossil Ridge and Denton Ryan, would be eliminated from contention.

That also would put Fossil Ridge into a tiebreaker with Ryan for the final spot, should the Raiders win their final game with Denton Guyer.

Ridge and Ryan tied 1-1 in their first game and the Panthers hold a 2-1 win in the second game over Ryan. That head-to-head advantage should put Ridge into the playoffs.

After the dust settles on Friday, the match-ups for the bi-district round will be set.

As it is, Central would likely face McKinney Boyd or Flower Mound.

Keller could take on Plano West.

Although Flower Mound started the season as the country’s fourth-ranked team, it has faced even more stellar competition from Boyd.

The Broncos from McKinney have vaulted to the second-ranked position in the nation.

Interestingly, Central head coach Aaron Cottrell is a high school teammate of the Boyd head coach.

Central had the opportunity to not have to rely on the final games of the season to determine the final seeds.

“We were five minutes from the district title,” Cottrell said late last week. The Chargers had given up a goal to Nelson in their last game as the clock wound down.

“We played really hard,” Cottrell said. “They’re a really talented team and they won state in 4A last year. We were so close to clinching that title, though. That is, pending we both win (Central and Fossil Ridge) next Friday,” he clarified.

Timber Creek sits in a tie for the fourth and final spot heading into its final game with Central. The Falcons also need Denton Ryan to tie or lose to Denton Guyer.

“We are all three in a tie with 12 points,” Timber Creek head coach Jaime Betancur said.

Timber Creek would be the odd man out due to tiebreakers, otherwise.

Outside all of the “what if” scenarios for determining who’s in and who’s out and in what position for the playoffs, Keller currently has a hold on the third place spot in the district.

Keller helped its own cause and created chaos for others when the Indians beat Fossil Ridge, 1-0, last week.

Keller finishes with Northwest on Friday.