Foe will remain unknown until conclusion of Friday games

Win or lose Friday night against Big Spring, the Brownwood Lions are the No. 2 seed from District 3-4A Division I. But the Lions won’t learn their first-round playoff opponent until late Friday night.

While all four seeds in 3-4A are settled, District 4-4A Division I is a mess heading into the final Friday of the regular season.

The only playoff matchup that’s certain is 3-4A champion Abilene Wylie against 4-4A fourth seed Burkburnett. Snyder is the No. 3 seed from 3-4A and Stephenville is No. 4.

No. 2 seed Brownwood, meanwhile, could play one of three opponents — Mineral Wells, Decatur or Graham — depending on Friday’s outcomes.

Decatur (8-1, 4-0) hosts Graham (5-4, 3-1) in the regular season finale, while Mineral Wells (7-2, 3-1) takes on Gainesville (1-8, 1-3). On paper, Mineral Wells should win easily, and a Graham victory would create a three-way tie for the district championship.

As far as Brownwood is concerned, a Decatur triumph over Graham means the Lions will face Graham for the second time this season, as the Steers would finish in third place.

If the 4-4A race finishes in a three-way tie, Decatur has defeated Mineral Wells by a 20-12 count and Mineral Wells knocked off Graham, 31-27. Currently, Decatur is at +8 in the points tiebreaker, while Mineral Wells and Graham are both -4. Mineral Wells cannot improve its standing.

Therefore, if Graham defeats Decatur by 12 points or less, the Lions will face Mineral Wells. A Graham victory of 13 or more points would make Decatur the bi-district foe for Brownwood.

Regardless of who the Lions (7-2, 2-1) face next week, head coach Chuck Howard made it clear Monday that Brownwood’s only focus in Week 11 was on Big Spring, and building additional positive momentum for the postseason.

“We need to play well, we need to continue to improve,” Howard said. “There are a lot of things we need to make corrections on and improvement on. We don’t need to look ahead, we need to gain momentum going into the playoffs.”