In with a win: WACO hosts must-win game
With W-MU, New London and Mt. Pleasant mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, WACO is the only Henry County team with a shot at the postseason.
The Warriors will have to win their Week 9 game to get there — but if they do, they could finish as high as second in the district.
WACO is hosting Highland in its senior night contest. WACO is currently 4-2 in Class A District 5, while Highland is 3-3.
The top two teams in the district are Lisbon (6-0) and Lone Tree (5-1). They have each clinched a playoff spot, and are playing each other in the final game of the regular season for the title of district champion.
WACO is currently sitting third. Highland and Van Buren are tied in the fourth spot.
Van Buren is playing Danville (1-5) in its final game of the season, and would finish 4-3 with a win.
If Highland wins Friday’s game against WACO, the teams would both be 4-3 as well, and Highland would have the edge based on head-to-head record.
WACO also lost to Van Buren, so Van Buren would get the fourth and final playoff spot — unless Van Buren is upset by Danville. Then the spot would go to WACO.
But if WACO wins the Friday night game against Highland, the Warriors will be 5-2. That’s the same record Lone Tree would have if it can’t upset Lisbon on Friday — and WACO beat Lone Tree this season.
In that case, the second seed would go to WACO, with Lone Tree in third and Van Buren (or Highland, if Van Buren falls to Danville) in fourth.
Kickoff for WACO’s Friday night game is set for 7 p.m.