Little Elm's loss shakes up 4-4A playoff picture

Little Elm is unquestionably a program on the rise, but after its 36-15 loss to Lake Dallas last week, the Lobos could miss the playoffs.

Lake Dallas scored 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter in the win to clinch a playoff spot. Denton Ryan (9-0, 5-0) and Wichita Falls Rider (5-4, 4-1) have already clinched.

Little Elm (5-4, 2-3) now sits fourth in District 4-4A, one game ahead of Denton (3-6, 1-4), The Colony (3-6, 1-4) and Wichita Falls (2-7, 1-4).

The Lobos can clinch the remaining spot with a win on Friday, but they play undefeated Ryan. The Colony and Denton play each other. Wichita Falls plays Rider.

If Denton wins and Wichita Falls loses, Denton would make the playoffs having beaten Little Elm earlier in the year. Denton making the playoffs would be an extraordinary turn of events given the team’s struggles the past five years.

Little Elm can still clinch if it loses, but it needs The Colony to beat Denton and Wichita Falls to lose. If Wichita Falls wins and Little Elm loses, it will force a three-way tie between those two and the Denton-The Colony winner.