CYPRESS — Let’s take a walk back about two months.
Reigning state champion Cy-Fair started wrecking shop through the regular season, destroying opponents left and right. The Bobcats did just that and were looking like a strong contender for a deep postseason run during the first half of the season.
That is, until the Bobcats ran into Cy Falls in week six.
It’s easy to write it off and shrug it off as a speed bump. It’s hard to have back to back perfect seasons. At the time, this 14-7 hiccup may have only cost the state champs a district title and slightly better playoff seeding. Relive Cy Falls’ David versus Goliath moment again, here.
Then it happened again last Friday as Jersey Village took a one-point shocker, 24-23.
In all fairness, Cypress is a growing hotbed for high school sports and we’re talking about two touchdowns away from a perfect season, which is nothing to snub your nose about.
But all that leads up to two key things: 1. The District 17-6A Championship is *ahem* back up for grabs as Cy Falls and Jersey Village battle it out at Ken Pridgeon Stadium this Friday at 7 p.m., and 2. The reigning state champs are on the edge of not making it to the post-season this year.
Hold up. Stop the presses.
Yes, you read that right: The reigning state champion Bobcats are tied — TIED — for fourth place in 17-6A.
Here’s how the northern Cypress football district looks going into week eight:
Rank. Team, Overall season record, District record.
1t. Jersey Village, 6-1, 5-0
1t. Cy Falls, 6-0, 4-0
3. Cy Creek, 3-4, 3-2
4t. Cy-Fair, 4-2, 2-2
4t. Cy Ridge, 4-2, 2-2
6. Stratford, 4-3, 2-3
7t. Memorial, 2-4, 1-3
7t. Spring Woods, 1-5, 1-3
9. Northbrook, 0-7, 0-5
First, you have to throw out the overall season records. Those don’t count for playoff berths. In my opinion, for way too long we’ve had four teams in the playoffs. Usually, the fourth place teams aren’t that good and are just playoff cannon fodder for the next district’s champion to trounce on in the bi-district round. However, looking at this Bobcat team, they’re definitely a powerful squad that looks to have had a couple of really close matchups that just didn’t tilt their way.
Luckily, in high school sports we have head-to-head competitions and in Texas high school football, teams rarely ever see the same team twice in a season. This way it’s really hard to get into a tie for a playoff berth scenario. They can happen, but they’re rare.
Assuming Cy Ridge beats Northbrook and Memorial, combined with Cy-Fair breaking its losing streak with wins over Stratford and Spring Woods, the fourth place tie-breaker would come in week 10 of the 11-week regular season at Pridgeon Stadium Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
Cy-Fair’s regular season finale is against the current bronze holder, Cy Creek. The Cougars have their bye this week, and then their next two opponents have two wins between them. So if the Bobcats win out the rest of their season, we’re looking at a guaranteed third place. Other teams could play spoiler and get the Bobcats back into at least a share of the district title, but that type of scenario is out of Cy-Fair’s hands.
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