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Glenwood’s hopes linger in playoff hunt

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson
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With wacky turns, weekly upsets and league standings rearranging faster than the back-and-forth weather in October, the Glenwood Springs High School football team has still got a shot to advance to the postseason.After a 35-14 loss to Moffat County on Friday night, the Demons dropped to 3-4 in the Class 3A Western Slope League and it was thought impossible for the Demons to take the fourth and final WSL playoff spot.Turns out, there is still a mathematical chance they can make it.The only thing that is certain in the league is that Rifle (6-1) and Steamboat (6-1) have a lock on the top two spots in the league. That leaves two more playoff spots and five teams fighting to get them.

If the season ended today, Palisade (4-3) and Moffat County (4-3) would take the last remaining spots. With the way this season has gone, however, nothing is a for-sure bet, and this weekend will probably jumble the standings once again.First, the Demons (3-4 WSL) have to beat Delta (2-5). If they lose, they are done. If Glenwood wins, here is the complicated, who’s-on-first, what’s-on-second, you-may-need-a-dry-erase-board-to-keep-up playoff scenario:On Friday, if Palisade loses to Eagle Valley (3-4), Rifle beats Moffat County and Battle Mountain (3-4) tops Steamboat, there would be a five-way tie for third place between Palisade, Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain, Moffat County and Glenwood.That’s where it gets complicated, with teams beating teams they weren’t supposed to and then losing when they were favored.

If Rifle beats Battle Mountain, it would be most beneficial for Glenwood. Then, there would only be a four-way tie and one less team that the Demons would lose a head-to-head matchup with, since Glenwood lost to Battle Mountain, 30-27, earlier this season.In that case, Glenwood would win head-to-heads against Eagle Valley and Palisade, but not Moffat. Moffat would win going against Eagle Valley and Glenwood, but not Palisade.If Palisade loses on Friday, the Bulldogs would lose head-to-heads against Eagle Valley and Glenwood and only have an advantage over Moffat. Eagle would be on the down side of Glenwood and Moffat matchups and edge Palisade if the Devils win Friday night.Therefore, in the head-to-head standings in a four-way tie, it would appear that Glenwood and Moffat get the nod, with Moffat taking the third spot and Glenwood the fourth.



If your eyes haven’t gone crossed yet, here is the simple breakdown:If you want Glenwood to make the playoffs, cheer for them to beat Delta. Hope that Rifle beats Moffat County, Steamboat tops Battle Mountain and Palisade loses to Eagle Valley.If Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) officials, as well as WSL athletic directors, can’t establish winners from head-to-head matchup, it would then go to records against top teams in the league and filter down to point differential, according to Glenwood athletic director Steve Cable. A CHSAA coin flip would be last on the list of options to break ties, Cable also said.The Demons’ chances may not be entirely in their own hands, but thanks to the wild WSL, they at least still have one.


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