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By Bryan Davis
There are many teams across this state that have already received the bad news. They have lost key district games, and they will not be playing football beyond the final week of the regular season.
While times might seem tough for some of our area schools, Clay County is fortunate enough to be able to say that all three teams, the Hebron Christian Eagles (1-6; 0-1), the Oak Hill Academy Raiders (2-6; 1-1) and the West Point Green Wave (6-1; 3-0) have not sealed their fate as far as the post-season is concerned.
Looking at it record wise, itâ€™s easy to see that itâ€™s going to be a tough road to the playoffs if Hebron and Oak Hill are to get in, but the fact that they are still alive this late in the season shows that itâ€™s not really over until itâ€™s over.
The Green Wave have been smooth sailing for the last month, winner of three in a row, all district matches. The playoffs are a likely reality for West Point. Right now, they are vying for a district championship with three conference matches to play.
All three of these teams will be on the field on Friday night, two of them engaging in district showdowns.
West Point will be attempting to continue a perfect record in its conference at Lake Cormorant. Hebron will be on the road as well, taking on the Rams of Immanuel, looking for their first district win of the season.
Oak Hill will catch a breather from league play, coming home to take on Kirk.
The Raiders could have sealed a playoff spot last week in Yazoo City, if they had defeated the Manchester Mavericks, who were 0-6 going into that game.
A 32-20 loss there put the Raiders in a precarious position to make the playoffs, but they are in a position to do it none the less. They just have to beat Winston in the final week of the season, on the road, to make it in.
Hebron has a lot of work to do as well. They have only one win on the season, and that was a non-league match at West Memphis Christian. They have had trouble scoring points, putting up only as much as 20 points only twice this season.
The Eagles have had a hard time keeping opponents off the scoreboard as well, allowing 30 or more points in six of their seven meetings this season.
If the Green Wave keep up their current level of play, they are almost assured a spot in the playoffs and a chance to repeat their 2009 5A state title run.
The worst news for Hebron and Oak Hill is that itâ€™s going to be tough to get into the playoffs. The good news is that they are still alive, something a lot of teams cannot say in the middle of October.