What in the world has happened to Euless Trinity? The Trojans fell 39-21 to Hebron in Week 9 — their third loss in four games.
A powerhouse with three state championships and a fourth title-game appearance since 2005, Trinity is 5-3 overall, 2-3 in District 5-6A. The Trojans had not lost three games in the regular season in 12 years.
Still, they aren’t out of playoff contention, sitting in a three-way tie for the fourth and final playoff spot with two weeks left in the regular season.
Trinity, Flower Mound and Trophy Club Nelson are one game behind third-place Flower Mound Marcus, while Southlake Carroll and Hebron have clinched playoff berths.
The Trojans don’t own the tiebreaker with Nelson, but Trinity finishes with Flower Mound and Marcus. If they grab the final playoff spot, Trinity will be the No. 2 seed in Division I and visit Allen in the first round.
Nelson (2-6, 2-3) plays Marcus and Hurst L.D. Bell to finish the season.
Aledo and Justin Northwest, each 8-0 and 5-0 in 6-5A, have a date Friday for the district championship.
Saginaw Boswell (5-3, 4-1) is also a playoff qualifier, but five others are still in contention for two spots.
Azle (2-6, 2-3) is fourth, but the Hornets’ loss to Haslet Eaton (2-6, 1-4) last week resulted in the first-year Eagles and three other teams — Saginaw, Saginaw Chisholm Trail and White Settlement Brewer — just a game behind Azle.
More sorting out will occur Friday when the Hornets play at Brewer, Eaton is at Saginaw, and Chisholm Trail visits Boswell.
Tigers lie in wait
Mansfield (6-2, 5-0) is the only team to clinch a playoff berth in 4-6A and can clinch the district title with a win Thursday against Arlington Bowie (7-1, 4-1).
The second-place Vols can create havoc if they beat the first-place Tigers while Arlington (5-3, 4-1) beats Arlington Martin. That would create a three-way tie for the top spot heading to the final week.
Martin (4-4, 3-2) is fourth, a game up on Arlington Lamar (4-4, 2-3) in the final week.
Two in, four left
In 9-5A, Crowley (7-1, 5-0) and Burleson Centennial (7-1, 4-1) are playoff qualifiers. If Crowley beats Everman (5-3, 3-2) this week, the Eagles will clinch the No. 1 seed in Division I.
Centennial will be No. 2 in Division I, unless Cleburne (5-3, 2-3) gets into the playoff picture — in that case, Centennial will be No. 1 in Division II.
Everman and Arlington Seguin (5-3, 3-2) are tied for third place, but the Bulldogs get Centennial after this week’s Crowley game.
Seguin owns head-to-head tiebreakers against Everman and Cleburne. Seguin finishes with Burleson (3-5, 2-3) and Granbury (2-6, 1-4).
Cleburne has a win against Everman, and the Yellow Jackets close with Granbury and Joshua (1-7, 0-5).
One in, five left
In 10-5A, there’s a three-way tie for third between Waxahachie (6-2, 3-2), Mansfield Lake Ridge (5-3, 3-2) and Mansfield Timberview (4-4, 3-2), but Mansfield Summit (4-4, 2-3) also still has a shot.
Red-hot Mansfield Legacy (6-2, 4-1), with consecutive wins against Timberview, Waxahachie and Lake Ridge, must still contend with Summit on Friday before hosting Red Oak (2-6, 0-5).
Lake Ridge faces Timberview, then Waxahachie on the road.
Timberview, after Lake Ridge, gets Summit.
Waxahachie is at first-place Lancaster (7-1, 5-0) on Friday, then hosts Lake Ridge.
Tiebreakers appear imminent; stay tuned.