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October 24, 2013

Broncho-Longhorn game could decide first

CENTRAL HIGH — Central High lost last week to Fox, but with a win on Friday, it could rectify all of its postseason aspirations.

For a team that looks like it’s on the way to the state playoffs, seeding has now become the focus. The last thing Bronchos (6-1, 5-1) coach Keith Burton wants is to finish fourth in the district and face reigning state champ Laverne on the road.

A loss at Alex doesn’t assure them of that fate, but it would prove costly. First and second place in the district and a home playoff game are likely on the line as the Bronchos and Longhorns (7-0, 6-0) take the field.

“We are still in position to control our own destiny about where we finish in the district,” Burton said. “If we can go beat those guys, we can be in a three-way tie for first and we’ll just see where things fall after that.”

Since every team would have lost to the opposite team it beat, the seeding would be based on points. Right now, Central has the edge against Fox in that regard. Fox lost to Alex by 14 and only beat Central by 11.

If Central beats Alex by more than 12 points, it wins the district. If it wins by more than a touchdown, it finishes second. Less than nine points, it finishes third, assuming all three win their remaining games by 15 or more points.

In order for the road team to tear Alex from the rank of the unbeatens, both Burton and senior linebacker Deekota Williams believe their team needs to stop the run.

“That will be the biggest challenge for us,” Burton said. “They are big and physical up front. They are going to have an advantage on us size-wise. Us being able to control the line of scrimmage and the running game is going to be really important for us.”

Alex will be focused on senior Kevin Harris, Central High’s best weapon on offense. Harris willed his way to another outstanding performance against Fox.

“That just shows you how good of a kid he is and how much he wants to win, for not only him but his whole team,” Williams said.

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