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.
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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.