The Irving Independent School District has been shut out of the football playoffs only once in the last in the last eight years.
It is going to take a strong finishing kick to keep that trend from changing this fall.
Hope is fading for Irving Nimitz (3-3, 1-3 District 6-5A), Irving MacArthur (2-4, 1-3) and Irving (0-6, 0-4) with four games remaining in the regular season.
Nimitz and MacArthur are in a three-way tie for sixth in 6-5A. Irving is at the bottom of the nine-team district.
Only the top four finishers in each district advance to the playoffs.
The Irving schools landed in 6-5A at the UIL’s biennial realignment with six schools from Tarrant County, while familiar district foes from Grand Prairie, Duncanville and Cedar Hill moved into District 5-5A.
Euless Trinity, No. 1 in the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings, is still looming on the schedules of Nimitz and MacArthur.
After facing Trinity on Friday, Nimitz closes with MacArthur, Richland and Irving.
MacArthur goes against Haltom this week followed by Nimitz, Grapevine and Trinity.
Good news for Irving is Trinity is out of the way. After Thursday’s home game against Colleyville Heritage, Irving closes with Hurst L.D. Bell, Haltom and Nimitz.
Trinity leads the district with a 5-0 record. Colleyville Heritage is alone in second with a 4-1 record. Hurst L.D. Bell and Grapevine are tied for third at 3-2. Richland is fifth at 2-2.