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Friday, November 15, 2002

Playoffs begin for 4-3A teams over weekend

Two District 4-3A teams will be making short trips tonight for their bi-district round Class 3A football playoff games, while District 4-3A champion Greenwood will be playing for the seventh time in 10 games this season in the Midland area, when they start playoff competition on Saturday afternoon.

The Rangers will play at the Scharbauer Center in Midland for the second time this season on Saturday, when they take on Denver City in a 1 p.m. start. That will come after tonight's game at Scharbauer between Kermit and Sweetwater, while over in Odessa, Monahans takes on Snyder tonight, with both games starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Monahans-Snyder match-up is the Class 3A-Division I contest, , while Kermit and Greenwood are in the Division II field this weekend. Both Kermit and Monahans went 3-2 in district, earning playoff spots based on tiebreakers against Fort Stockton, with the Yellowjackets going 4-6 and the Loboes 6-4 during the 2002 season.

Sweetwater went 7-3 on the season and finished 4-1 in District 3-3A play, with their only loss coming against Snyder. One of their two non-district losses was by a 13-6 score in September at Greenwood, and they come into the game off a 38-12 home field victory over Seminole. Mychal Carrillo ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns in that game.

Kermit lost in the closing seconds to Seminole earlier this season, but last week earned a playoff spot by beating Fort Stockton, 24-14, and edging the Panthers for the district's final playoff spot on the second tie-breaker. Kermit held Fort Stockton to just over 204 yards, while Landon Forga threw for over 100-yards and scored the playoff-clinching TD with just over a minute left in the game.

Snyder has faced two 4-3A teams this season, beating Fort Stockton at home 27-13 and losing at Greenwood, 35-7. Snyder started off the season 0-3, then won six straight games before losing last week at Denver City, 24-21. The loss came despite the Tigers out-gaining the Mustangs by over 200 yards in the game.

Monahans had last week off thanks to their 2-0 forfeit win over Presidio, and made the playoffs after dropping their first two district games, thanks to their 26-7 win at Kermit on Oct. 25. The Loboes have had trouble moving the ball on offense much of the season, but have played well on defense, and have two interception returns for touchdowns in their last two games.

Greenwood had their first undefeated season in 2002, with their closest game a 26-23 win over Andrews at Scharbauer back in late September. Last week, the Rangers gained over 300 yards in the first half of their 58-12 win over Pecos, as seven different players scored touchdowns in the victory. Denver City made the playoffs thanks to their win over Snyder and Lamesa's 22-20 upset victory over Merkel last week. The Mustangs finished with a 3-2 district record and 6-4 on the season.

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