GRAPELAND at Shelbyville
The playoffs start now for the Grapeland football team.
Despite the Sandies 2-6 record, wins in their final two games would put them into the postseason. The first come Friday, when they travel to Shelbyville’s Dragon Stadium (Shelbyville School Yard Road, Shelbyville, Texas 75973) to take on the Dragons (2-6, 1-2) at 7:30 p.m.
If Grapeland can win Friday, then it would only need a win over West Sabine to clinch a second-straight playoff spot.
The Dragons enter the game off of their first district win of the year, a 27-6 defeat of Cushing. Grapeland’s only district win is also over Cushing, a 19-2 triumph.
The Sandies enter the game coming off of a 36-12 loss to state-ranked Alto. In the game, Grapeland gave up 326 yards on the ground to the Yellowjackets.
Shelbyville presents a balanced attack, averaging 279 yards per game (145 rush/134 pass) led by running back Dillon Brown (147 carries-746 yards) and quarterback James Bradford (84-175 for 1,064 yards).
OAKWOOD at Chester
Oakwood is another local squad that can lock-up a playoff spot with a win Friday, and it doing so secure what should be a district title game for next week.
The Panthers (5-2, 2-0) travel to Chester, who is expected to be able to field a team this week despite not being able to last week. Chester was forced to forfeit their game against Apple Springs, dropping the Yellow Jackets to 0-6 on the year.
It was the second forfeit of the season for Chester, who didn’t play from Sept. 28 (the date of the first forfeit) and Oct. 19’s district opener.
Oakwood is coming off of a big win against High Island, 56-8, last Saturday.
In the win, Oakwood held the Cardinals to 103 total yards, while gaining 352 of its own in a mercy-rule shortened contest.
With a win — and an Apple Springs win over High Island — Oakwood would host Apple Springs in the season finale for the district title.
Kick-off Friday is set for 7:30 p.m. in Chester (stadium information unavailable).
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