Heading into their final three games of district play, the Dimmitt Bobcats (5-2) look to snap the longest playoff drought in all of class 3A.
Coincidentally, that year, 1976, was also an election year with Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter defeating sitting President Gerald Ford for the White House. With an election season like none other this year, perhaps the Dimmitt Bobcats will win their bid for the playoffs and hit their stride at just the right time.
Dimmitt’s hopes were high last season for a playoff berth, but a 34-15 loss to River Road shut them out once again. This season, the Bobcats are sitting at 1-1 in district play and face the Childress Bobcats (4-3, 1-1) on Friday night at home.
The Bobcats will face their biggest test of the season this week and next week when they face the Canadian Wildcats, but anything can happen in Texas High School football.
Just one win out of the next three games would almost ensure a playoff bid, especially since the Tulia Hornets have yet to find the win column all season and Amarillo Highland Park is 0-2 in district play. If Amarillo Highland Park defeats Tulia on Friday night, it would likely set up a showdown for the final playoff spot as Dimmitt and Highland Park face off the final district game of the season.
However, if Dimmitt could sneak a win over Childress or Canadian and Spearman could do the same, the district 1-3A DII race would definitely become interesting.
Since 1976, Dimmitt has only nine winning seasons and five .500 seasons while notching 25 losing seasons.