By BRYAN URBACH
PALESTINE — The Frankston Indians are on a hot streak, and it has helped propel them into the playoffs.
Also on a hot streak is the team the Indians will face on Friday night at Pine Tree Stadium in Longview.
The Hughes Springs Mustangs come into the game against Frankston with a 9-1 record overall and a 6-1 record in district play.
Frankston coach Matt Nally has the team prepared and ready to face the one-loss Mustangs.
“They are a big, physical team that runs an old school slot T offense that is looking for 3 yards a carry,” Nally said. “They play a 50 scheme that is very basic but is very sound and is coached very well.”
During the regular season, the trio of quarterback Ozzie Buckner, running back Oran Jenkins and wide receiver Kendrick Rogers had all eyes on them. But, Nally said this season has been about more than the play of that trio.
“We have had so many individual performances that have been really exciting,” Nally said. “You can look at every skill kid that we have and they have all stepped up in a big way, but our skill kids would not have been successful without our linemen up front doing their job. And on defense, we are such a team and built around that concept and we all rally to the ball. So everyone on all sides of the ball has done something this season that has been the best for us.”
Frankston is coming off a 23-12 victory against West Rusk.
Nally said there wasn’t much difference between how the Indians played that game at the end of the season and how they will play the first game of the playoffs.
“There is nothing special that we are doing for the playoffs,” Nally said. “We are keeping it simple and are treating it like any other week.”