By JUSTIN RAINS
Even sitting at 1-6, Elkhart coach Sam Wells knows that his team isn’t out of it quite yet.
A win in the team’s final three games would push the Elks into the postseason, and Wells said his kids realize it.
“They know it’s time to put up or shut up,” he said. “It’s time to get it done.”
The first test of this final push is a big one, with Elkhart (1-6, 0-2) traveling to Teague (5-2, 2-0).
The Lions run a very pass-heavy offense, and are averaging almost 300 yards passing per game.
Wells is hoping Mother Nature can act as a 12th defender for the Elks, with the forecast calling for a chance of rain and wins gusting around 20 miles per hour on Friday.
“We want to run the ball most of the time. That might be a little advantage to us,” Well said. “I don’t know if Teague has played in that kind of weather before...so anything can happen.”
Even if the weather doesn’t help, Wells said he is confident in his team’s ability to stop the pass. So far this season, the Elks are holding opposing quarterbacks to around a 30 percent completion percentage.
What Elkhart doesn’t worry about is its offense, led by star junior Jeffrey Wilson, who is coming off of a 400-yard performance against Franklin.
The Elks are averaging almost 350 yards per game in 2012, with Wilson leading the area in rushing (1,619 yards) and rushing touchdowns (17).
“We feel pretty good offensively every week, for the most part. We’ve started to figure out what our kids can do well and the kids started to figure out what we’re trying to do,” Wells said. “Our offensive line is just doing a tremendous job...they’re doing a great job, so we’re excited.”
Kick-off Friday is set for 7:30 p.m. at Teague’s Lion Stadium (Loop 255, Teague, Texas 75860).
FRANKSTON at Winona
The Frankston football team is in a good position. This week, it has a chance to strengthen it even more.
The Indians travel to Winona Friday with a chance to move to 3-1 in district play and knock Winona down to 1-3. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wildcat Stadium (605 Wildcat Dr., Winona, Texas 75792).
“It’s huge for us as a program to go on the road and win a district ball game,” FHS coach Matt Nally said. “Winona is hungry. They have to win to stay in it (and) they’re going to be fighting and clawing. We’ve got to do the same. It’s going to be playoff game for both teams.”
The Indians come in with their offense firing on all cylinders. Star back Caleb Williams notched another 200-yard game in last week’s win, while quarterback Ozzie Buckner continues to develop under center.
Nally said that both facets of the offensive game are key to Frankston’s success.
“We’ve got to be able to establish the run. We’ve got to make sure we take over the line of scrimmage,” he said. “We’re a spread team and we have to balance the attack...throw the football around a little bit.”
In Winona, the Indians face a run-heavy offense based out of the wing-T. The Wildcats want to control the line of scrimmage, Nally said, and run mostly option-based runs.
“They run that old-school wing-T stuff so they’re very deceptive,” he said. “We have to make sure we’re doing our jobs, stay on our keys and our assignments and we’ll be okay.”
GRAPELAND at Alto
After getting its first district win of 2012 last Friday, the Grapeland football team now faces its biggest test.
The Sandies (2-5, 1-1) travel to Alto Friday to take on the eighth-ranked Yellowjackets (6-1, 2-0), who are coming off of a win over previously unbeaten West Sabine.
The Sandies ran for more than 250 yards in their win over Cushing Friday, with both Pat and Demetri Walker breaking the 100-yard mark.
Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Yellow Jacket Stadium (Jacket Road, Alto, Texas 75925).
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