Brookland-Cayce (6-3, 1-3 Region 5-3A) vs. Airport (1-8, 0-4)
Site: The Cage. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Brookland-Cayces on-the-edge season added another chapter last week in a bitter 32-28 loss to Swansea. The decisive points came on a punt return touchdowns tally by the Tigers with four minutes remaining. The Bearcats could not put Swansea away. B-C had a 21-7 lead at halftime, and a 28-17 advantage with 10:39 left in the fourth quarter. But at least the Bearcats control their fate. A win over archrival Airport will send B-C to the state playoffs. QB Zeke Walker ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns against Swansea and was 6-for-13 passing for 174 yards. Ti Myers had 75 yards and one score on 14 carries Airport is mired in a nine-game losing streak but still retains playoff hope. The Eagles, of course, must beat B-C and Gilbert loss to Swansea to create a three-way tie (Airport, B-C, Gilbert) for fourth place and the final playoffs spot. The tiebreaker is defensive points allowed in games involving those three teams. Gilbert has allowed 68 points in the key games. B-C is at 27 with Airport at 49. Therefore, the Eagles would have to win by a margin of at least 23 points and not allow more than 18 to make the cut. Its a long shot, to say the least, but the Eagles do have something more to play for other than pride and neighborhood bragging rights.
Series history: B-C snapped a 10-game losing streak against the archrival Eagles in the first game of the season, but Airport still owns a commanding 43-24 series lead since the inaugural meeting in 1966.
Gilbert (4-5, 1-3 Region 5-3A) vs. Swansea (6-3, 3-1)
Site: Tomahawk Stadium. Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Game notes: Gilberts only shot at making the state playoffs is to upset Swansea and hope Airport can shock Brookland-Cayce. Otherwise, the game is the end of the line. The Indians are coming off a good performance in a 42-23 loss to front-running Strom Thurmond. The Tribe was within 28-23 entering the fourth quarter. QB Mitch Spires was 31-for-55 passing for 361 yards and two touchdowns. WR Raymond Padgett had six catches for 129 yards and one TD Swansea has a playoff berth locked up, but hopes to rate a home date in the first round of the playoffs. The most likely Week 10 scenario has the Tigers downing Gilbert and Strom Thurmond wrapping up the region championship with a win over Midland Valley. That would mean a second-place finish for Swansea for the second year in a row. The Tigers are coming off a tough 32-28 win over Brookland-Cayce that came down to a 42-yard punt return touchdown by Will Edmond with 4:04 left in the game. Swansea trailed 21-7 at halftime, 28-17 with 10:39 remaining, but found its way to victory.
Series history: Swansea has won three in a row against Gilbert, 22 of 32 meeting overall.