It’s pretty much win-and-your-in for some South-end football teams still in the playoff picture.
That simple recipe applies to these two games in particular: Kentwood vs. Kentlake in the SPSL 4A North and Enumclaw vs. White River in SPSL 3A. The winners advance to the playoffs, the losers are eliminated.
There are a couple of odd scenarious (upsets in other games) that could change those situations, but they are a bit of a stretch.
It’s a bit harsh for Enumclaw (6-2, 5-2), which would likely end up in a three-way tie for third with White River (4-4, 4-3) and Bonney Lake (5-3, 4-3) if they lose to White River Friday. That tie would be broken by point-differential (since head-to-head doesn’t work as Enumclaw beat Bonney Lake, which beat White River). Enumclaw would come up on the short end as only the top four teams advance.
Bonney Lake gets in with a win over district-rival Sumner (2-6, 2-5), a team that is coming off back-to-back victories.
Lakes (8-0, 7-0) and Peninsula (7-1, 6-1) have the top two playoff spots wrapped up.
Auburn (8-0, 7-0) has the No. 1 seed in the SPSL 4A North taken care of. A Kentwood win over Kentlake gives the Conquerors the No. 2 berth, unless Kent-Meridian (0-8, 0-7) upsets Kentridge (5-3, 5-2) and drops KW to the three spot behind Federal Way (6-2, 5-2).
A win over K-M makes Kentridge the No. 3 seed if Kentwood also wins. The Chargers could wind up No. 2 if Kentwood loses. Federal Way, which closes league play against Jefferson (1-7, 1-6), could be 2, 3 or 4 with a victory, depending on how those other games sort out.
They made it nice and simple in the SPSL South, where there are no ifs, ands or butts. Curtis (8-0, 7-0) will be No. 1, followed Bethel (7-1, 6-1), Rogers (6-2, 5-2) and Graham-Kapowsin (5-3, 5-3). Spanaway Lake (5-3, 4-3) stays at home even if they pull off a victory over Bethel this week as they lose on all the tiebreaker criteria.
In the Seamount League, Lindbergh (7-1, 7-0) is No. 1 and Hazen (6-3, 6-1) No. 2. Kennedy Catholic (5-3, 5-2) can get the No. 3 spot by beating Mount Rainier (4-4, 4-3) and in that case Renton (5-3, 4-3) would be No. 4 with a victory over Highline (3-5, 3-4), leaving Mount Rainier out.
But if injury-riddled Kennedy drops a third straight game and Renton wins, it would creat a three-way tie for third between Kennedy, Mount Rainier and Renton. The Seamount uses the same point-differential system as the SPSL (with a 14-point cap) as the teams have all split (Kennedy beat Renton, which beat MR).
The way that would work is Mount Rainier has to beat Kennedy by 14 or more to force a tie, and that would require a three-way mini-playoff next Tuesday. If the Rams win by 13 or less, they’ll still miss the playoffs.