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Seagoville enters brutal closing stretch in 11-4A

This is about where things started falling apart for Dallas Seagoville last year.

The Dragons were 6-1 heading into their last three games but lost all three by less than a touchdown and then fell to Dallas Hillcrest in their first playoff game by one point.

This year, Seagoville (5-2, 4-0) looks strong again heading into those same three games, and its power running game gives the Dragons reason to think they can finish strong in 2011.

The team averages 244 rushing yards per game, making it one of the best in the area, and it has four running backs with more than 300 yards rushing on the year.

But Seagoville’s issues run beyond last year. The Dragons are 1-9 in the last five years against their next two opponents -- Dallas Kimball and South Oak Cliff.

Seagoville is entering what is easily the toughest part of the schedule this year. Its previous four district opponents are a combined 2-14 in 11-4A play. Its next three opponents -- Kimball, South Oak Cliff and Dallas Molina -- are 10-2 in 11-4A.

With the gap between top four and the bottom four so large in the district, Seagoville could afford to drop some or even all of these games and still make the playoffs, but getting a win -- particularly over one of the two teams its struggled mightily against -- would go a long way toward building momentum heading into the postseason.