There is one weekend of play left in the regular season of the Prince George High School Football League, and all three of the games can have a bearing on the playoff race.
Part of that, though, depends on the first game, which matches Kelly Road and Duchess Park Thursday at 6 p.m. at Masich Place Stadium.
“It’s a big game,” says Duchess assistant coach Brendan Harrop. “If we win, we clinch third place. If we lose, we could have a three-way tie for third.”
Going into action this week, Duchess has two wins and two losses (2-2), while Kelly Road and College Heights are both 1-3. College Heights plays winless Correlieu (Quesnel) at 6 p.m. Friday.
The opening game Friday, at 4 p.m., will determine top spot in the regular season as the league’s two undefeated squads square off. Nechako Valley (Vanderhoof) and Prince George Secondary are both 4-0. Staying undefeated this past weekend was a tighter call for PGSS, as they edged Kelly road 34-26, while NVSS shut out College Heights 30-0.
Duchess Park did their bit to hold onto third place by dumping Correlieu 47-14. Harop says it was a good game for the Condors.
“It gave us a chance to get all the players involved. We’ve been playing pretty steady ball this season, but we’re still a young team.
“That bodes well for the future.”
While Kelly Road will definitely be up for the chance to sneak into third place themselves, Harrop says the Condors have a simple goal.
“If we win our next three games, we’re the conference champions.”
Playoffs start Oct. 29, with the first-place team playing fourth, and second and third squaring off. The two winners meet on Nov. 5 for the conference championship.
If Duchess, Kelly Road and College Heights end the season tied, the first tiebreaker is points in head-to-head games. College Heights has already played the other two, beating Kelly Road 31-19 and losing to Duchess Park 14-12. That leaves College Heights +10, while Duchess means Kelly Road would have to beat Duchess by 22 points to claim third place.
They can, however, knock Duchess out of the playoffs by winning by eight points or more.