Clearing up Narrows League football playoff race

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, here is what we know regarding the three playoffs berths available in the Narrows League.

  • Bellarmine Prep and Gig Harbor are both getting in. The Lions and Tides both won on Friday to improve to 4-0 in league. No matter what happens over the next two weeks, these guys are going forward.
  • Central Kitsap has the best shot out of the remaining teams to get in. The Cougars beat Stadium on Friday to improve to 3-2 in league and have one league game left against South Kitsap in Week 9. Olympia fell to 2-2 after losing to Gig Harbor and plays Bellarmine Prep next week, meaning things are looking bleak for the Bears, who lost to Central Kitsap two Fridays ago.
  • South Kitsap isn’t out of the race despite a 1-3 league record. The Wolves get Stadium next week and could beat Central Kitsap in the final week to get to 3-3. Here is where a three-way tiebreaker scenario — which was confirmed by South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos last week — could come into play.
  • If Central Kitsap, Olympia and South Kitsap all finish at 3-3, they’d all be 1-1 against each other, meaning the determination for the third playoff spot would come down to points for/points against within games played against each other. Olympia beat South Kitsap by 7 and lost to Central Kitsap by 7, meaning Olympia would be even on points. Since Central Kitsap beat Olympia by 7, South Kitsap would need to beat Central Kitsap by 8 or more points to prevent CK from taking the third playoff spot.
  • The third place team out of the Narrows draws the No. 1 seed out of the SPSL South (likely Graham-Kapowsin, which is undefeated at 7-0 and ranked No. 4 in the latest AP poll).

 

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