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SHEPHERDSVILLE – For the second time in three seasons, the final seedings for the post-season in Class 5-A, District 4 won’t be decided until the final night of the regular season.
That is because Shelby County, North Bullitt and Bullitt Central each finished with a 1-2 record in district play. Bullitt East won the district with a 3-0 mark and already knows that they will play host to North Hardin (1-9) when the play-offs begin on Nov. 8.
The tie-breaking system for the football play-offs can be a little confusing, but basically, each of the teams in the tie adds up the number of victories of teams they have beaten outside of district play (up to four teams). The four-team limit won’t be in play for any of the teams in this tie-breaker.
Heading into action on Friday, Shelby County has the upper-hand with North Bullitt second and Bullitt Central in third. About the only thing for certain is that Bullitt Central has to beat South Oldham on Friday or they will finish fourth and get the unenviable task of traveling to John Hardin for the first-round of the play-offs.
Shelby County (13) – The Rockets stand at 4-4 overall with the three wins outside of the district coming over Henry County (6), Spencer County (5) and Ryle (2). Shelby County will play at home on Friday against Western Hills, a team with just one victory.
North Bullitt (8) – Like Shelby County, the Eagles have a win over Henry County this season (6) and the only other victory for North Bullitt outside of the district came over Jeffersontown (2). The Eagles will have to beat Meade County (7-2) on Friday on the road to have any chance to overtake Shelby County and get a home play-off game.
Bullitt Central (5) – The Cougars have three wins to count in this system, but the three wins have come against poor competition. The Cougars did beat Southern (4), but the only other point comes from Valley (1). Fairdale has no points (0-9) and isn’t going to beat Bullitt East this week. A win over South Oldham (6-3) would probably get the Cougars past North Bullitt, but they would need a lot of help to leap-frog past Shelby County.
This is important not only to stay away from John Hardin (7-2), but because the rest of Class 5-A, District 3 is down this season. The winner of the three-way tie-breaker will play host to Jeffersontown, a team with a 2-7 record. The third place team will have to go on the road, to Grayson County, but that team is only 4-5.
The fifth-place team in that district was Iroquois which won’t make the post-season despite a 4-5 record.
Bullitt East (8-1) has wrapped up playing the first two games in the post-season at home. However, if they do advance to face John Hardin (7-2), that game would be played in Radcliff. A fourth-round game would also be played on the road on Thanksgiving weekend.