It may be the final game at Davis Field in Elma.
Montesano may be eliminated from postseason play.
Elma could win its first league title in eight years.
Those are some of the implication’s of Friday night’s Civil War game to be played at Elma’s Davis Field at 7 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at both East County high schools.
According to Daily World Sports Editor Rick Anderson, here are the implications of this week’s football games in the wide-open Evergreen 1A League.
Elma, Tenino and Rochester are tied for the Evergreen 1A League game at 4-1. Montesano is fourth at 3-2, then Forks at 2-3.
Four teams advance to district crossover playoffs next week. Top two teams will host, third and fourth go on the road to either Woodland or La Center.
In addition to Monte vs. Elma, league games this week are Rochester at Tenino and Hoquiam at Forks.
If Elma wins, the Eagles would clinch a share of the league title (their first since 2005) and would host a district contest next week. If Tenino beats Rochester, Eagles would enter district as the No. 1 seed. If Rochester wins, they’ll be the second seed.
Montesano, in that event, could be eliminated from postseason altogether, since they would lose a tiebreaker with Forks based on a 14-12 loss at Forks. Monte’s only hope if they lose is for Hoquiam to beat Forks. In that event, the Bulldogs would still qualify for district as the fourth seed.
If Montesano wins, there would be a three-way Kansas Tiebreaker playoff involving Monte, Elma and the Rochester-Tenino loser on Monday night at either Rochester or Tenino. The winner of that tiebreaker playoff would get the second seed and the home game at district.
Elma, in short, has clinched a district berth regardless of what happens Friday. Montesano has not.
The district games, incidentally, are all winner-to-state, loser-out games. This district has no direct state berths. Even the league champions have to play their way in by winning a district game.