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Football Three-Way Tie-Breaker Play-In Game 2013

Two spots in the post-season remain, and three teams want them…the problem is that they beat each other in the regular season.

Tuesday, October 29th, is the date for the 1A West tie-breaker play-in game, as Burlington, Riverside and Shoshoni, will duke it out again, for the right to play in the post-season.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4pm in Worland.

UPDATE: Game #1: Burlington 6 Shoshoni 0 – Final. Burlington botched the snap on a punt try, and Shoshoni recovered at Burlington 25 with 1:20 and no time outs…but couldn’t cash in on the turnover. Burlington plays Riverside in Game #2.

UPDATE 2: Game #2: Burlington 13 Riverside 0 – Final. Burlington gets West #3 seed and goes to Southeast. Riverside gets #4 seed and goes to Lusk, because the Rebels won the regular season head-to-head vs. Shoshoni, who is eliminated.

The object of the 3-way is to beat the team that beat you in the regular season, without losing to the team you already beat.

There will be 2 games minimum and 3 games maximum, depending on the outcomes.

According to the WHSAA handbook:

Each game is 2-quarters long, 8-minutes per quarter.

The team that sits out game #1 (Riverside), will play in game #2, vs. the winner of game #1.

From there, several situations can happen.

1: If the team that wins game #1, also wins game #2, then the games are over. The team that won both games is the #3 seed for the playoffs. Use regular season head-to-head between the other 2 teams, to determine the #4 seed.

2: If the team that sat out game #1, wins game #2 (vs. the game #1 winner), AND won the regular season head-to-head matchup vs. the game #1 loser, then the games are over. The winner of game #2 is the #3 seed for the playoffs and the winner of game #1, is the #4 seed for the playoffs. The loser of game #1 is eliminated.

3A: If the team that sat out game #1, wins game #2 (vs. the game #1 winner), AND lost the regular season head-to-head matchup vs. the game #1 loser, then there will be a game #3, between the game #2 winner vs. the game #1 loser.

3B: If the game #2 winner, also wins game #3, that team is the #3 seed for the playoffs, and the game #1 winner (also the game #2 loser), is the #4 seed. The game #3 loser (also the game #2 loser), is eliminated.

3C: If the game #2 winner loses game #3, then things are right back where they started, with all 3-teams beating each other again. Repeat the 3-games, using overtime only rules (each team gets a possession at the 10-yard line). If still tied after that, play a 2nd overtime. If still tied after that, play a 3rd overtime, but each team must go for the 2-point conversion, after scoring a touchdown. If still tied after that, use point differential. Take points scored in the 2 original 2-quarter games, minus points allowed. The team with the best point differential, gets the #3 seed for the post-season. Use regular season head-to-head for the remaining 2 teams. If still tied after that, a 3-way coin flip will be conducted.

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