To no one’s surprise, Capitan’s football team was seeded second in this year’s Class 3A State playoffs, for the second straight season.
Also to no one’s surprise, the Tigers could very well face District 4-3A foe Dexter in the quarterfinals.
That’s the same Dexter team Capitan beat 48-22 in the teams’ regular season finale on Nov. 3.
Tiger coach James Weems said he’s not surprised nor disappointed that his team’s first playoff opponent will likely be the Demons.
“That’s just the way it (the bracket) is set up,” Weems said. “The criteria they look at, it was looking like that’s where they would be seeded the whole time.”
Of course, it’s not a guarantee they’ll face Dexter. The Demons (5-5) are hosting Texico this weekend, another team Capitan has defeated this year.
As for their last game, the Tigers (9-1) once more had problems defending the pass.
“We got off to a slow start, came out offensively and laid an egg in the first series,” Weems said. “Defensively, we had a few hiccups, especially with our pass coverage.
“That’s what everyone knows is our problem, and we’re working on it,” he added. “We made some adjustments at halftime, and then held them to running and just some short passes. That was good, but we still have a little bit of work to do.”
They’ve got about two weeks to do that work. Weems said having that week off could be good and bad.
Also, whether the Tigers play on a Friday or Saturday next week is up in the air.
“Last year against Dexter (in the semifinals) we chose Friday night,” Weems said. “Don’t know if that helped us, we had to beat them in overtime.
“But when we played them this week, it was beautiful,” he added. “We’ll just have to make that decision when we come to it.”