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East Texas’ Longest Active Football Playoff Droughts

Kevin Johnson is hoping to help Waskom snap a 20-year playoff drought this season. (Christopher Vinn,

Over the past three decades, the UIL has made it easier to make the playoffs, which has allowed previously unsuccessful programs to put together a few wins and make the postseason once in a while.

The addition of two, three and now four playoff teams per district has ensured that most playoff droughts only last a handul of years at the most.

With that being said, there are still a few programs that have waited quite a while for an elusive trip to the playoffs.

Some have been close in recent years, while others can’t seem to break through.

East Texas’ Longest Active Playoff Droughts

1. Union Grove

  • Last playoff appearance: 1968 (44 years)
  • Record since: 117-317-1 (.270)
  • 2012 record: 2-8 (1-5, T-6th in 10-2A Division II)


2. Huntington

  • Last playoff appearance: None (since 1982)
  • Record since: 34-273 (.111)
  • 2012 record: 0-10 (0-4, 5th in 20-3A)


3. Sabine

  • Last playoff appearance: 1985 (27 years)
  • Record since: 63-205-2 (.237)
  • 2012 record: 3-7 (0-5, 6th in 9-2A Division I)


4. Waskom

  • Last playoff appearance: 1992 (20 years)
  • Record since: 77-123 (.385)
  • 2012 record: 0-10 (0-7, 8th in 9-2A Division II)


5. Cushing

  • Last playoff appearance: 1997 (15 years)
  • Record since: 43-106 (.289)
  • 2012 record: 1-9 (0-5, 6th in 10-A Division I)


T-6. Pine Tree

  • Last playoff appearance: 2001 (11 years)
  • Record since: 24-85 (.220)
  • 2012 record: 2-7 (0-5, 6th in 14-4A)


T-6. Queen City

  • Last playoff appearance: 2001 (11 years)
  • Record since: 25-84 (.229)
  • 2012 record: 5-5 (1-5, 6th in 8-2A Division I)


8. Cross Roads

  • Last playoff appearance: 2003 (9 years)
  • Record since: 15-75 (.167)
  • 2012 record: 2-8 (1-4, 5th in 6-A Division I)


T-9. Como-Pickton

  • Last playoff appearance: 2004 (8 years)
  • Record since: 20-60 (.250)
  • 2012 record: 1-9 (1-5, 6th in 8-2A Division II)


T-9. Elkhart

  • Last playoff appearance: 2004 (8 years)
  • Record since: 21-59 (.263)
  • 2012 record: 2-8 (1-4, T-4th in 11-2A Division I)

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