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October 25, 2010 at 12:55 PM

WesCo 3A football could produce 5-way tie-breaker

With just a week to go in the regular season, the WesCo 3A playoff picture remains a cloudy mess with several scenarios still possible, including the chance that a five-way tie for second place could exist behind league champion Glacier Peak after Friday’s games.

Here’s how that could happen, sending five teams to Shoreline Stadium on Saturday at 5 p.m for a series of tie-breaker games.

If Meadowdale (4-2 league) loses on the road at Oak Harbor (3-3), Glacier Peak (6-0) defeats Everett (4-2) and Mountlake Terrace (3-3) beats winless Lynnwood, five teams would finish at 4-3 in league play.

That would necessitate a Kansas City tie-breaker to determine the WesCo’s second, third and fourth berths to the district playoffs in Week 10. WesCo No. 2 hosts SPSL No. 2, while WesCo Nos. 3 and 4 go on the road to KingCo No. 2 and SPSL No. 1, respectively.

The tie-breaker match-ups are based on a draw of numbers that takes place at the spring athletic directors’ meeting each year. Based on that draw, here is how a five-way tie-breaker would shape up.

Game 1 would pit Mountlake Terrace vs. Everett, followed by Meadowdale vs. Oak Harbor (in an immediate rematch of Friday’s full game). Shorecrest would play with the winner of Game 1 in the third game.

The losers from the first two games would then play in Game 4, followed by the winners of games 2 and 3 to determine the second and third berths to districts. The winner of Game 4 finishes things against the loser of Game 3 to decide the fourth district berth.

Of course, a Meadowdale and/or Everett victory on Friday avoids that cluster. If Meadowdale wins, but Everett loses, a three-way tie for third likely ensues.

In that scenario, Everett would face Mountlake Terrace in Game 1, with the winner facing Shorecrest for the third seed. The losers of the first two then would play for the fourth seed, but only if the teams hadn’t already played.

“It’s like a big math puzzle,” Everett School District athletic director Robert Polk said.

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