(Mission, Texas)-The road to the University Interscholastic League’s State Football Championships begins tonight when the defending 5A DII Regional Champions, 4th place 16-5A DII Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks (5-3, 4-2) plays host to first place, Mission Veterans Memorial (5-3, 5-1). The Diamondbacks will finish their regular schedule next week with Mercedes (8-1, 6-1). Pioneer needs to win tonight, it’s that simple. A loss will eliminate them from the playoffs. First-year head football coach, Eddie Galindo remains optimistic about their playoff chances. “We have to win tonight and then play host to Mercedes,” says Galindo.

In District 16-5A DII, Mercedes, Sharyland, Mission Veterans, are the frontrunners all tied with one loss in district play while Pioneer is one game behind with two losses, and Edcouch-Elsa HS is looking to clinch the final playoff spot should Pioneer lose to Veterans tonight at Richard Thompson Stadium. The Yellowjackets would need to beat Roma on Friday night to clinch a final possible playoff spot.

HSSM 5A DII Bi-District Playoff Picture Predictions: 1. Sharyland vs Medina Valley (2-6) 2. Mercedes vs Floresville (7-1) 3. Mission Veterans vs Boerne Champion (6-2) 4. Edcouch-Elsa vs Alamo Heights (8-0)

In District 16-5A DI, McAllen Memorial (7-1, 7-0) , McAllen (7-1, 6-1), have clinched playoff spots while Weslaco East, Brownsville Veterans, and McAllen Nikki Rowe are all tied with 5-2 records with only two spots left to clinch. Brownsville Veterans has two games left against Donna (2-5) and Brownsville Pace (2-6) while Weslaco East (5-2, 5-2) will play McAllen Nikki Rowe (5-3, 5-2) and McAllen Memorial (7-1, 7-0). The Rowe Warriors will need to win out against Weslaco East and McAllen if they expect to make the 2021 post season.

HSSM 5A DI Bi-District Playoff Picture Predictions: 1. McAllen Memorial (7-1, 7-0) vs Victoria West (5-3, 4-2) 2. McAllen (7-1, 6-1) vs Flour Bluff (7-2, 5-2) 3. Brownsville Veterans (5-3, 5-2) vs Gregory Portland (6-3, 6-1) 4. Weslaco East (5-2, 5-2) vs CC Veterans Memorial (8-0, 6-0)

In 32-6A, the Harlingen South Hawks are still perfect at 8-0, 5-0 and will play host to Weslaco HS on Friday night at Boggus Stadium. The Hawks are headed to the State 6A playoffs while the Panthers (6-2, 4-2) needs a win if not, a loss will send them down to a final showdown next Friday against San Benito (6-2, 3-2) for the final playoff match up. The Harlingen Cardinals (5-3, 3-2) and Los Fresnos Falcons (5-2, 4-1) both need to win out in order to clinch their playoff spots. The Cardinals has two games left against Donna North and Brownsville Hanna while the Falcons will play Brownsville Hanna (3-5, 2-3) on Friday night and then play host to Harlingen South on November 5th for a possible share of the district title.

District 31-6A is simple. The Edinburg Vela Sabercats, PSJA North Raiders, Mission have clinched playoff berths while Edinburg (4-5, 4-3), PSJA (4-4, 3-3), and Edinburg North (3-5, 2-4) are all in the hunt for the final playoff spots. The frontrunners are Edinburg with Edinburg North and PSJA needing help. The Mission Eagles are 7-2, 6-1, are playoff bound too, with two games left to play against Edinburg Vela and PSJA North.
On Friday night, Edinburg North plays PSJA and then needs a win against LJ Juarez Lincoln next week. The Bears and Bobcats will meet next week for a possible showdown. “First, we need to beat PSJA on Friday night and then we would need help from PSJA to beat Edinburg. We have the tie-breaker over both teams,” says Edinburg North HS head football coach, Damian Gonzalez.

HSSM 6A Bi-District Playoff Picture Predictions: 6A Bi-District Division I 1. Los Fresnos vs Edinburg 2. Harlingen vs Mission….6A Bi-District Division II 1. Harlingen South vs PSJA North 2. San Benito vs Edinburg Vela

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