With two weeks remaining in the high school football regular season, five of six Modesto Metro Conference teams are still mathematically alive in the playoff race.
Johansen is in the driver's seat. The Vikings are the only team at 3-0 and would clinch a playoff spot with one more victory, either against Beyer this Thursday or Downey next Thursday.
But don't ask Vikings coach Jason McCoy about the playoffs just yet.
"We're just worried about Beyer right now," he said. "We know we're on top and everybody's trying to knock us off. And we know we still need to get better."
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Enochs and Downey are a game back at 2-1, and Modesto and Davis are another game back at 1-2. They're all still in it. Beyer, at 0-3, will look to play the roll of spoiler.
Enochs and Davis play at Downey on Friday.
"A lot of people were looking at this as a big game (at the beginning of the season)," Enochs assistant coach Chris Cloward said. "We feel it is.
"We're in a position this school has never been in, and it's exciting."
Davis coach Brad Goudeau said his Spartans are "Modesto's biggest fans right now."
"They win out and we win out, and we make the playoffs," he said.
Goudeau said the main concern is Enochs on Friday night.
"We're out of the race for the league title, and that was a bitter pill to swallow," he said. "But we have the opportunity to play to make the playoffs."
Friday's other game, Downey vs. Modesto at Johansen, is just as big.
The Panthers are coming off their first win of the season, 42-0 over Beyer last Thursday.
"We played a complete football game," Modesto coach Rod Long said. "We've been getting better this year, we just haven't gotten the breaks."
With that win, the Panthers are back in the mix.
"This is our playoff game," Long said. "Then we'll have to worry about Week 10. You want Week 10 to matter."
Regardless of what happens, the MMC will have a crazy finish.
"Every game is going to mean something," Cloward said. "The finish is going to get wild and crazy."
BIG VALLEY STILL PERFECT -- Big Valley Christian remained perfect this season; the Lions beat Brookside Christian 45-28 on Saturday.
With a victory over Millennium of Tracy on Saturday, the Lions would inch closer to the first playoffs berth in school history.
"Brookside was very physical and very quick," Big Valley assistant coach Ron Brace said. "They scored early. For the first time this season, we were behind.
"We responded, scored on our next possession, and had a 20-8 lead by halftime."
Big Valley Christian suited up 18 players Saturday afternoon.
Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at email@example.com or 578-2300.