PORT ISABEL–The Valley teams battling for the playoffs in 4A-District 16 have a clear idea who is in the playoffs, but are still trying to figure out who will be district champs and the seedings for the playoffs.
In Division II, the Rio Hondo lost last week against Orange Grove hurt their chances for an outright district championship. They play Raymondville this week who is on a two-game winning streak. The winner of this game qualifies for the playoffs.
Port Isabel’s victory over West Oso and Progreso earlier in the season means they are in the playoffs. They are hoping to go to Orange Grove this week and pull off the upset. Orange Grove has beaten Raymondville and Rio Hondo. A victory by PI would create the possibility of three teams ending the season with one loss and all staking a claim to the district title.
For now, it looks as if Progreso and West Oso are the two teams out of the playoff hunt, though if they spring an upset, things could change.
In Division I, La Feria still has a slim shot at claiming a district championship, but the loss vs. Kingsville really hurt their chances to win it outright. They play Zapata this week and a win would help them out. The Lions and Hawks have already qualified for the playoffs.
Grulla won its first game of the year last week against Hidalgo, 19-7. That victory gave them the tie breaker for fourth place over the Pirates in this five team district.
Kingsville must win out against Grulla and Hidalgo to win the district championship. If not, then it opens up the door for either La Feria and Zapata to claim a piece of the district championship.
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