Posted: 10:28 pm Friday, October 30th, 2009

Where do we stand in District 8-6A? 

By Jason Lieser

Boca Raton coach Keith Byars sat on the 25-yard line after his team’s win over Atlantic on Friday and laughed about the possibility of a three-way playoff in District 8-6A.

“We don’t have to worry,” he said.

True. But everyone else does.

If Boca Raton beats Park Vista next week and Atlantic beats Palm Beach Central — both are probable outcomes — there would be a three-way tie between the Eagles, Cobras and Hawks. That would result in a tie-breaker one week from Monday.

Bear with me. This is not as complicated as it might sound. I will explain it as clearly as possible.

Here are the district standings after today’s wins by Park Vista and Boca Raton:

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Team Rec.
Boca Raton 3-0
Park Vista 2-1
Seminole Ridge 2-2
Atlantic 1-2
Palm Beach Central 0-3

Boca Raton is guaranteed a playoff berth and there is no way the Bobcats can fall into any tie-breaker scenario. Palm Beach Central is eliminated. Here are the possibilities as 8-6A heads into its (kinda) final week:

1. Park Vista beats Boca Raton. A Cobras win would give them the district crown and make Boca Raton the runner-up. Simple, clean and, of course, unlikely. If Park Vista wins, it and the Bobcats finish 3-1 with the Cobras winning the district on the merit of their head-to-head win. Seminole Ridge and Atlantic can finish no better than 2-2.

2. Boca Raton beats Park Vista, Atlantic beats Palm Beach Central. Boca Raton then finishes undefeated and takes the district title. The Cobras, Eagles and Hawks would all finish 2-2.

In a three-way Monday nighter, the teams are seeded 1-3, with the No. 1 seed hosting the event. First, they are seeded according to their overall regular-season winning percentage (all games, district and non). If ties remain after that, they are broken by head-to-head regular season results. If ties still exist, a random draw is used.

The teams seeded second and third will play one quarter (12 minutes) with two timeouts each. If teams are tied at the end of the first quarter, the 10-Yard Line Overtime Tie-Breaker Plan takes effect.

At present, this district would seed as follows: Park Vista (6-2), Seminole Ridge (5-3), Atlantic (4-4). Thus, they would meet at Park Vista. Seminole Ridge and Atlantic would fight it out for the right to play the Cobras. That would take place Nov. 9 and force all three schools to play three times in an eight-day span.

3. Boca Raton beats Park Vista, Atlantic loses to Palm Beach Central. Atlantic is one of the five most talented teams in the area, but any game is a possible loss for the Eagles at this point. If Boca Raton wins and Palm Beach Central pulls an upset, the Bobcats are district champions and Park Vista takes the runner-up slot. The Cobras and Seminole Ridge would each be 2-2 and Park Vista gets the nod based on their win tonight.