When it all shook out, the White Hall Bulldogs (7-3, 4-3) finished in a three-way tie for third place in the 5A South Standings. Out of the three teams with 4-3 conference records, Camden and White Hall got in and De Queen was left out.
The Bulldogs had to scratch and claw their way into the post-season by winning three must-win games to finish the season. Now that the playoffs are here, every regular season record goes out the window, and now it's single-game elimination.
White Hall grabbed the No. 4 seed out of the 5A South. The 5A West finished with a four-way tie for first place, and seeding was to be determined by a process conducted by the Arkansas Activities Association last Saturday. After all the configurations, the Alma Airedales (6-4, 5-2) were named the No. 1 seed out of the West, and they're set to host White Hall tonight for first round playoff action.
Alma's loss to Maumelle in the final week of the regular season caused the major shake-up at the end. If Alma had won, they would've been the out-right No. 1 seed with a one-loss conference record.
However, the Airedales still managed to garner the top seed, and they'll look to utilize it.
The Airedales have been under the direction of Head Coach Doug Loughridge since 2013. Under his tutelage, the Airedales have won conference championships in 2013 and 2016.
Alma senior quarterback Garrison Jensen has had an outstanding year, completing 147/261 passes for 2,097 yards, 24 touchdowns and four interceptions. Jensen also is the team's leading rusher with 835 rushing yards on 162 carries.
Jensen has a favorite target in his fellow classmate wide receiver Brayden Johnson. For the season, Johnson has 66 catches for 962 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Without a doubt the Alma offense is driven through Jensen, and if the Bulldogs want to slow them down they'll have to start with him.
Defensively, things haven't gone as smooth as they have on offense for the Airedales. In four of their last five games, Alma has given up 30-plus points.
It's expected that White Hall senior Ollie Reddick will get the start at quarterback for the Bulldogs, but nothing is set in stone.
Being in a win-or-go-home situation won't be new to this group, but getting out of Alma with a first round win will be a challenge. However, Bulldogs Head Coach Mike Vaughn and his staff have worked toward this game all week, and they'll be prepared for the test.
The Bulldogs and the Airedales are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.