The WesCo North football race could get very complicated, depending on the results of three games on Friday. The division athletic directors decided during a meeting on Wednesday to simplify the potential actions surrounding that possible outcome.
In the event of a possible four-way tie for the division title, a Tennessee tie-breaker will take place between Lake Stevens and Monroe on Saturday at Monroe at 5 p.m. to determine the division’s No. 3 seed to the crossover playoff game against the South No. 3 on Oct. 29.
“They determined that we and Monroe would be tied for third at that point,” Lake Stevens coach Tom Tri said.
The loser of the possible Saturday tie-breaker would be left out of the playoff-implicated crossovers.
That crossover game is important because the winner advances to the district round the first week of November. The loser is done.
The other two teams involved, Arlington and Marysville-Pilchuck, would get the first and second seeds in some order – but they would be assured of district berths since the Nos. 1 and 2 teams from each WesCo division will move on in spite of the results of the crossovers on Oct. 29.
“We put ourselves in this position,” Tri said. ” So we’ll deal with it. That’s what the athletic directors decided.”
Here’s how this could happen:
– Monroe plays at Marsyville-Pilchuck on Friday. If the Tomahawks win, they and the Bearcats would both be 3-2 in the division.
– Lake Stevens needs a victory against Stanwood to also get to 3-2.
– A depleted Arlington squad, which has led the North all season, loses to Snohomish to also fall to 3-2.
If either Monroe or Arlington wins, the four-way tie scenario will be avoided. Should the Bearcats beat Marysville-Pilchuck, they will win the division whether Arlington wins or not since Monroe beat Arlington head-to-head.
If Monroe loses and Arlington wins, the Bearcats are out of the top three all together because they will have lost to both Marysville-Pilchuck and Lake Stevens. In this scenario, Arlington is No. 1, Marysville-Pilchuck (which beat Lake Stevens head-to-head) is No. 2, and Lake Stevens gets into the winner-to-district/loser-out crossover with the South No. 3.
Speaking of the South, the three teams have been decided. Just not their order.
Mariner, Edmonds-Woodway and Jackson are into the playoff crossovers. The Warriors are No. 2, having finished the league portion of their season at 3-1 (Edmonds-Woodway plays at Redmond in a non-league contest Friday).
Mariner and Jackson play each other Friday. If the Marauders win, they finish unbeaten in the division and are No. 1, making the Timberwolves, who would be 2-2, No. 3.
But, should Jackson win there would be a three-way tie at 3-1.
In that case?
“We’re No. 1, Edmonds-Woodway is 2 and Mariner is 3,” Timberwolves coach Joel Vincent said. “That’s because of pre-drawn numbers from the spring Athletic Directors meeting.”