Parkview High School senior quarterback Landan Ruff told me last week that he steals a glance each Saturday at the district standings on the Missouri State High School Activities Association website to see where his Vikings stand.
He likely continued to be pleased with what he found this past weekend.
Ruff and the Vikings, 5-0 after Friday’s victory at Camdenton, continue to rate as a solid No. 2 seed in the Class 5 District 6 tournament.
Parkview is now in a race for the Ozark Conference title, and coach Anthony Hays will keep his team focused on that task.
Many other teams in the area, however, do not have that luxury.
So, I declare it officially OK for those football players and coaches across the Ozarks to start thinking about the postseason, and parse through the numbers.
What you’ll ultimately find, of course, is that beating the opponent in front of you is the only way you can better your postseason situation. You’re welcome for the help.
A couple other things you will find:
* Willard, Central and Belton will be in a heated race for the three seed in Class 5 District 6. None of these teams have a realistic chance of beating expected top seed Lee’s Summit West.
So, staying in the bottom half of the bracket is imperative if these teams hope to have a shot at the postseason. The good news for Central is a favorable schedule has them as the favorites for the slot.
* If the season ended today, Kickapoo and Glendale would do it all over again in the first round of the postseason. Glendale gained a lot of confidence down the stretch of Thursday’s loss to its rivals.
I have to believe coach Tyler Overstreet and the Falcons want nothing more than another shot at the Poo.
* The Oct. 5 Nixa/Ozark game might be the first of two meetings between the rivals. If you believe the seeds, and why wouldn’t you, the Christian County schools should meet again in the Class 5 District 5 final.
I wonder how much that affects the regular-season matchup. Will Mark Bliss and Rich Rehagen play it a little closer to the vest than usual, knowing a rematch with more on the line is somewhat likely?
Don’t be surprised if they do.
In other bookkeeping news, MSHSAA also announced the new districts for high school basketball over the weekend.
The biggest news involved for area squads was the breaking up of Class 5 District 11 – kind of.
The district, one of the best in the state, has lost Parkview to the west as the Vikings will join Central, Joplin, Neosho and Willard in District 12.
That’s good news for the Parkview boys and girls, as avoiding Kickapoo, Nixa, Ozark, Branson and Glendale is always a good thing.
It also makes the Vikings primed for possible long runs in the postseason.
Contact Matt Schoch at 417-836-1191 or email@example.com. Follow Matt on Twitter at @MattSchochNL
News-Leader football poll
1. Webb City (5-0) 1
2. Ozark (5-0) 2
3. Nixa (4-1) 3
4. Hillcrest (5-0) 5
5. Parkview (5-0) 6
6. Lebanon (4-1) 4
7. Cassville (5-0) 7
8. Mountain Grove (5-0) 8
9. Carthage (3-2) 10
10. Catholic (4-1) 11
11. Kickapoo (3-2) 12
12. Bolivar (3-2) 14
13. Strafford (5-0) 15
14. Lamar (3-2) NR
15. Mount Vernon (4-1) NR