PALESTINE — ELKHART — The Elkhart Elks have already clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2004, and this week’s game against Trinity features two teams who are both fighting for a 3-2 record in district.
Elkhart (6-3, 2-2) comes into the matchup against Trinity (5-4, 2-2) with high hopes as it looks for another win and the rights to have a higher seed in the playoffs.
Elkhart coach Sam Wells said the Elks expect a lot out of the Tigers in Friday night’s tilt.
“We are expecting a tough battle,” Wells said. “Trinity is a very talented football team.”
Last season, Trinity got the best of the Elks, winning 16-8, and the Elks are looking at this game in a different light.
“This is a huge game for two reasons,” Wells said. “It's the last game that our seniors will play on our field, and it is a seeding game.”
With it being the last game of the season, Wells said he expects there to be a large crowd awaiting the players on both sides of the field.
“We think that it will be an exciting atmosphere,” he said.
GRAPELAND — The Sandies will be traveling almost all the way to Louisiana as they take on the undefeated West Sabine Tigers Friday.
While West Sabine is coming into the game with an 8-0 record and a 4-0 district record, the Sandies, on the other hand, have struggled so far this season with a 2-7 record and a 1-3 district record.
In their 2012 matchup, the Sandies lost to West Sabine 55-6, so Grapeland coach Shawn Brown said he knows what his team is up against and is ready for the fight on Friday.
“West Sabine is the best team we have played all year,” Brown said. “They are physical and well-coached.”
With a new coach at the helm, Grapeland fans may have been a little bit disappointed this season, but Brown said his tenure at Grapeland was just beginning and there is success in the future.
“We would have loved to have more success on the scoreboard, but we are making progress,” Brown said. “It takes time to change.”
CAYUGA — The Cayuga Wildcats look to further improve upon their record of 7-1 as they face the Gateway Charter Gators at home on Friday.
The Gators come into the match with a record of 1-8, and Cayuga is looking to dominate them as they did last year in the 54-28 victory.
The Wildcats have impressed this season with their running game, which has averaged around 300 yards per game.
With running back Keshawn Jackson providing the spark that the Cayuga Wildcats needed last week, he can be expected to play a similar role as the regular season wraps up on Friday.
OAKWOOD — The Panthers are streaking.
With the return of Damiyne Durham to the lineup, the Panthers have won four games in a row.
But this week, they run into a tough challenge against the Apple Springs Eagles.
The Eagles are 8-1 on the year and 3-0 in district play while the Panthers are 5-4 overall and 2-0 in district play.
Last season, Oakwood beat Apple Spring by a score of 76-28, and the Panthers are aiming for a repeat performance against the Eagles so they can better their record to 3-0 in district play and 6-4 on the year.