A win guaranteed nothing, but a loss guaranteed no chance of reaching the playoffs.
West Liberty (6-3, 5-2 2A District 5) took care of business on its end Friday night, picking up a 45-22 road victory over Camanche (1-8, 1-6 2A District 5).
Junior quarterback Seth Feldman scored twice on the ground from 40-plus yards out, and senior running back Joe Kelly added two rushing touchdowns, including a 90-yard scamper, to lead the Comets offensively.
Still, West Liberty needed either Mount Vernon to defeat Williamsburg or to get an unlikely wild card selection.
A week after rallying back from a 27-7 deficit to defeat West Liberty 34-27, the Mustangs helped push the Comets through to the playoffs Friday night with a win over Williamsburg.
Durant 41, Jesup 6: Durant football coach Joel Diederichs wanted to see his team turn the final three weeks into a three-game season.
The Wildcats (4-5, 3-4 1A District 3) closed out that stretch with a 41-6 win Friday night over Jesup (0-10, 0-7 1A District 3), pushing Durant to 2-1 over its final three games of the season.
The four total wins are twice as many as Durant had through the previous two years combined and most in a season since 2010, when it finished 5-5.
Columbus Community 29, Van Buren 8: The Columbus Wildcats (3-6, 2-5 1A District 4) have looked like an entirely different football team than the one that started 1-5, closing the season Friday night with a 29-8 victory over Van Buren (1-8, 0-7 1A District 4).
Columbus finished 2-1 over its final three weeks of the season, defeating Highland 28-14 in Week 7 and scoring the most points Regina has given up in a district game during a 47-21 loss a week ago.
Wapello 44, Highland 8: After losing their last two games and watching their playoff hopes disappear during the process, the Wapello Indians (5-4, 4-3 1A District 4) closed their season with an impressive 44-8 victory Friday night over Highland (2-7, 1-6 1A District 4)
Senior quarterback Logan Belzer threw for three touchdowns, and sophomore running back Ricky Pforts ran for three scores.