The regular season still has almost a month remaining, but existing results combined with a peek into the crystal ball make the potential playoff picture clearer for Highland Park.
So here’s an early prediction: The Scots will face Jesuit in the bi-district round in their first year at the Class 6A level.
Of course, there are four games still left to play for each team, so a lot can happen between now and then. But it’s an educated guess, and here’s why.
Jesuit is in District 9-6A, and HP is in 10-6A. Both the Scots and the Rangers will be in the Division II bracket for schools with lower enrollments. The first round will put the top D-II team from 9-6A — likely the Rangers — against the runner-up D-II team from 10-6A — likely the Scots.
Both teams should be favored to win each of their remaining games, which means they would each place second in their respective districts. In 9-6A, Jesuit would finish behind Skyline, which will be in the D-I bracket, leaving the Rangers as the top D-II school from the district.
In 10-6A, HP would finish behind Mesquite Horn, after dropping the head-to-head meeting on Friday. Both of those schools would head to the D-II bracket, with Horn seeded first and the Scots second.
We’ll break down the potential postseason clash if and when it comes to fruition, but it would be an intriguing matchup of high-powered offenses for sure.