Playoffs outlook for San Antonio area 6A districts: Who's in or out?
Steele, O'Connor, Brennan, Reagan all look strong headed into postseason
SAN ANTONIO – Hard to believe, but it’s the final week of the high school football regular season.
Many area schools have locked up playoff berths while others are fighting to get into the postseason.
Let’s break down some of the playoff scenarios for the area 6A districts right here.
The Reagan machine hummed along this season as the Rattlers claimed another district title.
As I wrote last week, the job Coach David Wetzel and his staff have done is impressive.
The offense became more run-oriented this year after star quarterback Kellen Mond transferred to the IMG Academy in Florida.
Marquis Duncan has run for over 1,300 yards behind a good offensive line anchored by all-area tackle Derek Kerstetter. The defense is also one of the best in the area.
This district matches up with District 25-6A, which means Reagan is staring at a potential matchup versus fellow state power Austin Westlake in the playoffs.
Speaking of good coaching jobs, Churchill’s Ron Harris led the Chargers to a surprise second place finish in the district with its only losses this season being to O’Connor and Reagan.
The Chargers are led by quarterback Jordan Billups and a strong rushing attack. The defense has been solid all season as well.
Johnson is third in the district and in the playoffs. The Jags beat Brennan and Brandeis this season and had close losses to Reagan and O’Connor. They will be a dark horse in the postseason.
The final playoff spot in the district is up for grabs.
Madison, Roosevelt are tied for fourth, but both have tough games this weekend. Madison holds the tie-breaker over Roosevelt.
MacArthur is a game behind, but still in the mix. We could see a three-way tie for the final playoff spot and it go to tiebreakers.
This district has been wild from the start and it makes sense that only one team is eliminated heading into the final week.
One of the area’s top districts will not have much drama headed into the final week of the regular season.
Steele, Smithson Valley, Judson and New Braunfels have all locked up berths. Everyone else is eliminated.
New Braunfels’ win over Clemens last week threw the district a bit upside down.
It’s a shame Clemens senior quarterback Frank Harris and the Buffaloes will not be in the playoffs, but enough can not be said about the job New Braunfels has done to get in to the postseason.
Congrats to the Unicorns players and coaching staff.
Looking ahead, Steele has won at least a share of the district. The Knights are in Division II and will play the winner of District 28-6A’s play-in game between Brandeis and Stevens.
Smithson Valley got bumped into Division I and will play the winner of District 28-6A’s other play-in game between Warren and Taft.
The district’s other Division I school is Judson. The Rockets will play O’Connor in the bi-district round. Talk about a heavyweight showdown to start the postseason.
New Braunfels is in Division II and will play Brennan in the bi-district round.
OK, let’s talk District 28-6A. I just mentioned Brennan’s and O’Connor’s games in the bi-district round, but let’s not overlook that they will play one another for the district title on Thursday.
Brennan are the defending champs, but O’Connor has lost only once this season.
The Bears have a strong running game behind Jahmyl Jeter while the Panthers have a strong passing attack with the combo of quarterback Roel Sanchez and wide receiver Jonathan Tapia. This should be a great game.
The zone play-ins are the aforementioned games between Taft-Warren and Stevens-Brandeis.
Warren finished second in Zone B. Taft finished third in Zone A.
Brandeis finished second in Zone A. Stevens finished third in Zone B.
Both those games are Friday night. It’s win or go home for those squads.
The rest of the teams in the district have been eliminated.
I’ll focus a little bit more on the teams closer to home since this district extends to Laredo and Eagle Pass.
Del Rio and Laredo United South are tied for first place, but the Rams beat United South earlier this season and hold the tie-breaker.
Both teams are in the playoffs either way. The Rams have put together an impressive regular season and only lost once. They beat Warren and Kerrville Tivy this year.
Southwest is tied for third with Laredo United, but the Dragons hold the tie-breaker. Watch out for the Dragons and running back Tyrone Middleton in the postseason.
United and Laredo Alexander play this weekend with a possible playoff berth on the line. Everyone else has been eliminated.
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