No hope for West Fargo football postseason
Even if the Packers win their final game of the regular season tonight against Grand Forks Central - a distinct possibility with a raucous West Fargo home crowd behind them - there is no hope for a shot at the postseason.
It might look that way on paper, though, once the dust settles.
There is the potential for a four-way tie it the bottom echelon of the Eastern Dakota Conference. Here is how things very likely could pan out:
On Tuesday, No. 6 Fargo Davies (2-3 EDC, 2-6 overall) hit the road to take on conference-leading Devils Lake (4-1, 5-3). The Firebirds were coming off last Friday's 14-7 win over the Packers, and should have been able to end their season with a victory over Davies (results were not in by the time the Pioneer went to press).
Tonight, No. 7 Fargo North (2-4, 3-5) face the West's No. 1 Bismarck Century. Barring a cataclysmic disaster to the Patriots' ranks, consider this a win for the West. But because this is a nonconference matchup, the results will not impact the Spartans' EDC standings.
And finally, the No. 8 Packers (1-4, 2-6) host No. 4 Central (2-3, 3-5) at 7 tonight. If West Fargo gets the win, they'll tie the Knights at 2-4.
And if the Packers win and Davies loses, there will be a four-way tie for fourth place in the EDC between them, North and Central.
Here's where things get tricky. According to prep football guru Larry Lubben, in the event of a tie, which is "more than likely" the powers that be "then compare the four records against each other."
Only West Fargo and Davies have 2-1 records versus the group. They then would be compared head-to-head, Lubben said, and in the only regular-season meeting between the two on Sept. 9, the Eagles won in double overtime.
So there you have it: in the likelihood of a tie between the EDC's bottom four, the Eagles get the nod and a ticket punched to the playoffs.
One more note: tonight is "Pink Out" night for the West Fargo cheer team. They will be selling pink pom-pom for $2 apiece, in support of breast cancer awareness, before and during the football game.