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BALL FIVE: Time to pay attention to power rankings

The midway point of the season is always a good time to start paying attention to the power point standings in football.
At 1-3, the Tigers are fourth in 11B Region 1 with 38.75 points. They trail Aberdeen Roncalli (3-2, 41.4), Groton Area (3-2, 41.4) and McLaughlin (3-1, 41.25). That’s a pretty big hill to climb. It also accentuates how much the Tigers need to beat Groton Area and bring the Eye of the Tiger trophy home for the first time. With a win the Tigers can get some momentum going and start seriously looking at winning out and hosting a playoff game or maybe even two. Fall to Groton Area and the Tigers will need to win out to get to .500 and then see where they are traveling when the postseason starts.
As for the Mustangs, they are sitting pretty good. After hosting Little Wound for homecoming on Friday, their schedule gets a lot stiffer, but getting that fourth win on Friday could put the Mustangs in the catbird seat for making the playoffs.
In 11A, the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Braves are going to have to start a long win streak to get to the post season. The Braves are 1-3 and their 38.0 power points are 13th in the 17-team division.
North Border and Timber Lake are sitting pretty in nine-man football.
North Border, the first-year co-op has never been beaten. The Titans are 4-0 and sit second in 9AA Region 1. Webster Area (3-1, 43.5) leads, the Titans have 43.25 power points, while Miller/Highmore-Harrold (3-1, 42.0) is third and Wolsey-Wessington (3-2, 41.4) is fourth. The Titans have tough cookies in Faulkton Area, Sully Buttes and Warner left on the schedule so we’re going to find out over the next month just how well the young men from Eureka, Bowdle, Leola and Frederick are melding together.
Timber Lake sits atop 9A Region 4 with a 4-1 record and 43.0 power points. The next two teams and Lyman (2-2, 42.5) and New Underwood (3-2, 41.4) are not on Timber Lake’s schedule. The road warrior Panthers, who have just two home games due to a refurbishing of their football field, have Lemmon/McIntosh, Potter County and Philip left on their schedule. All three are winnable games. They get Potter County at home.
Lemmon/McIntosh needs to step up. The Cowboys are 2-2 and fifth in Region 1. Lower Brule (3-2), 40.2) sits between the Cowboys and New Underwood.
Herreid/Selby Area put up one heck of a fight against undefeated Harding County on Friday, but fell to 0-4. The Wolverines are at the bottom of 9A Region 1 and will have to go on a four-game winning streak if they are going to even think about playing a ninth game.

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