Despite falling to Tonopah 56-12 in its final regular season game last week, the Mineral County High football team is heading back to the postseason.
The Serpents finished 3-1 in conference and in second place in the 1A Central division. First place Tonopah completed a perfect 9-0 season and 4-0 in conference with its win over Mineral County, while Coleville finished 2-2 in league play and took third. The top two teams from each league make the playoffs, and the Serpents are heading back.
They will take on the defending state champions and No. 1 seed from the south, Spring Mountain tomorrow on the road in Las Vegas at 1 p.m. The Eagles (7-1, 5-0) are fresh off a 53-0 win over Beaver Dam last week after handing powerhouse Pahranagat Valley its first loss on Oct. 19, 36-34.
The winner of tomorrow’s game will take on the winner of the Virginia City and Wells matchup on Nov. 10. In the top half of the bracket, top seeded Eureka battles Excel Christian on Saturday, and No. 1 seed Tonopah will play Pahranagat Valley tomorrow.
The winners of both four team brackets will play in the state championship game on Nov. 17.