Though it did not control its own destiny, West Mesquite entered Friday with a chance to make the playoffs.
But any such scenario would be rendered moot if the Wranglers were unable to defeat Texarkana Texas High.
The Tigers had their own postseason hopes and they seized their chance, opening a huge first-half lead and cruising to a 41-14 victory in Texarkana.
As it turns out, West Mesquite (2-8, 2-4) would not have made the playoffs even with a win as Sherman (3-3) was able to rally past Tyler John Tyler (3-3) to create a three-way tie for third place along with Texas High (3-3).
It came down to point differential, giving the Lions the nod, but Sherman needed to win by at least 11 points and thought they led by that exact number in the fourth quarter, Tyler John Tyler was able to score and narrow the gap, thus giving Texas High the final spot.
Over in 8-5A Division I, Lufkin had already secured the district title and the top seed.
College Station, just two years removed from a state championship, entered the night with a possibility of missing the playoffs.
However, they rallied from a 27-8 halftime deficit to pull out a 37-30 victory over Magnolia West. College Station finished in a tie for second place with Magnolia, but took the second seed due to its head-to-head win.
Magnolia West dropped back into a tie for fourth, but also moved on thanks to its earlier victory over Tomball.
Despite losing two of its last three, Poteet (5-5) is the second seed in the playoffs and will take on Magnolia (7-3) in a Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff game at 7 p.m. Friday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.
District champion McKinney North (9-1) will host Magnolia West (5-5) at 7 p.m. Friday at McKinney ISD Stadium.
Tyler John Tyler (3-7) goes on the road to take on College Station (7-3) at7 p.m. Friday at Cougar Stadium, while Texarkana Texas High (6-4) will also travel when it squares off with Lufkin (9-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Abe Martin Stadium.
Week 1 Results
Denton Ryan 52, Poteet 6
Hutto 41, West Mesquite 21
Horn 39, Tyler John Tyler 17
Denison 29, Sherman 13
McKinney North 44, McKinney 42
Mt. Pleasant 41, Wylie East 24
Pflugerville Hendrickson 21, Texarkana Texas High 7
Week 2 Results
Lancaster 64, West Mesquite 20
Waxahachie 53, Poteet 46
North Forney 56, Wylie East 7
McKinney North 68, Justin Northwest 65
Sherman 28, FW Brewer 17
Texarkana Texas High 28, Arkansas High 7
Tyler Lee 34, Tyler John Tyler 7
Week 3 Results
Keller Timber Creek 34, West Mesquite 31
Mansfield Summit 33, Poteet 21
Frisco Wakeland 63, McKinney North 49
Texarkana Texas High 62, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau 13
Wylie East 21, Woodrow Wilson 18
Longview 42, Tyler John Tyler 0
Sherman 42, Frisco Liberty 14
Week 4 Results
Poteet 19, Tyler Lee 14
Denton Ryan 63, West Mesquite 7
Wylie East 64, FW North Side 31
Euless Trinity 27, Tyler John Tyler 10
Texarkana Texas High 30, Kilgore 14
Sherman 23, Justin Northwest 6
McKinney North 56, Rockwall-Heath 34
Week 5 Results
West Mesquite 37, Wylie East 14
McKinney North 49, Sherman 28
Tyler John Tyler 16, Texarkana Texas High 0
Week 6 Results
Poteet 44, Sherman 21
McKinney North 62, Texarkana Texas High 41
Tyler John Tyler 48, Wylie East 7
West Mesquite, bye
Week 7 Results
Tyler John Tyler 39, West Mesquite 36
McKinney North 69, Wylie East 7
Poteet 55, Texarkana Texas High 10
Week 8 Results
Poteet 51, Wylie East 10
McKinney North 56, West Mesquite 34
Texarkana Texas High 27, Sherman 14
Tyler John Tyler, bye
Week 9 Results
West Mesquite 31, Poteet 17
Sherman 42, Wylie East 14
McKinney North 36, Tyler John Tyler 28
Texarkana Texas High, bye
Week 10 Results
Poteet 37, Tyler John Tyler 14
Sherman 56, West Mesquite 27
Texarkana Texas High 40, Wylie East 13
McKinney North, bye