The fourth and final playoff spot in District 20-6A is still unclaimed going into the season's final week. The Austin Bulldogs want it, and they face the Elkins Knights Thursday night at 6:15PM, live, on vypefortbend.com. The best way for the Bulldogs (3-3 in district play) to nail down that playoff berth would be to knock off the favored Knights, who are 4-2 and currently hold the 3rd seed.
However, if Austin doesn't beat Elkins, the 'Dawgs will drop to 3-4 and could possibly finish in a three-way tie for 4th with the Kempner Cougars (if Kempner wins its Friday finale vs. 0-6 Clements) and the Bush Broncos (if the Broncos lose to undefeated Travis Thursday).
In head-to-head competition, those three bottom-tier contenders beat each other in a circular pattern earlier this month: Bush over Kempner, Kempner over Austin and Austin over Bush. In those games against each other, Bush had a point differential of +2 and scored 35 points. Austin's point differential was 0 and they scored 35, while Kempner was -2 and scored 33.
Top-seed Travis (9-0, 6-0) meets Katy Tompkins in the opening round of the 6A playoffs Nov. 14, and district runner-up Ridge Point (7-2, 5-1) faces the #2-ranked Katy Tigers (9-0). Those are bi-district matchups in Class 6A Division I between Fort Bend ISD teams and those in District 19-6A, and they won't change, no matter what happens in the season's final week.
But in Class 6A Division II, the matchups are still up in the air. Elkins doesn't know who it will face out of 19-6A: two teams from among Katy Taylor (3-2), Mayde Creek (3-2) and Morton Ranch (2-3) will advance to the playoffs. Stay tuned.
Fort Bend ISD: Austin Bulldogs vs. Elkins Knights
6:15 p.m. Pre-game; 6:30 Kickoff, MercerF
t. Bend ISD Crew: Roger Smith, James Kowaleski, QA – Suna Venkat
Two Fort Bend teams looking to get at least partial control of a playoff berth out of District 20--6A will battle tonight at Mercer Stadium, and you can listen to the live broadcast on vypefortbend.com starting at 6:15PM.
The Austin Bulldogs (2-2 in district play) face the Kempner Cougars. Even though the Cougars are 1-3, they're coming off their best game of the season (a 28-14 win over Dulles last week) and, other than still having to face Travis in the final two weeks, they have a chance to finish 3-4. In this crazy district, that might get them involved in a coin flip to determine who gets the fourth postseason berth.
Bulldogs' WR Troy Omeire is tied for the district lead in receptions (55) and touchdown receptions (9), and can score from anywhere on their field. Kempner's defense had been known for giving up large amounts of yards and points for the previous six seasons - but the Coogs are playing lights-out defense in 2019. They allow only 241.3 yards per game (2nd only to Bush) and Jalen Bates has five interceptions - second only to Cameron Oliver of Travis, who has six.
Tomorrow night, vypefortbend.com will broadcast the Elkins-Ridge Point game from Hall Stadium at 6:45PM. The Knights and Panthers are both 3-1, and the winner will walk away alone in 2nd place behind Travis with only two more games to play. Travis plays Clements Saturday at 12:45PM, also live on vypefortbend.com.
Fort Bend ISD: Kempner Cougars vs. Austin Bulldogs
6:15 Pregame; 6:30 Kickoff
Ft. Bend Crew: Roger Smith, James Kowaleski