By BRYAN URBACH
PALESTINE — Palestine Wildcat running back Ben Luckett will join his teammate Brian Thlang in the fall as both have committed to the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
In a week when the players are focusing on the playoff game on Friday, Luckett announced his decision late Tuesday night.
Palestine coach Lance Angel said he is proud of the way Luckett has contributed to the team this season, and he said he hopes he will continue to succeed.
“We are proud for Ben and the work he has put into getting where he is today,” Angel said. “I know Ben will be successful in college and whatever his future holds.”
Before Luckett and a few others can get to the college game, they have to go through Jasper in the first round of the football playoffs.
The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Stephen F. Austin State University and will pit two evenly matched schools against one another in the first round of the playoffs.
After a rough 54-0 shutout loss to Fairfield last week, the Wildcats are looking for a different type of performance Friday.
“You get up, dust yourself off and get ready for the next game and that's what we have done this week,” Angel said. “Our kids have bounced back and we've had a great week of practice.”
Jasper is coming into the game against Palestine with a 6-3 record on the season and a 3-1 record in district play.
The Wildcats are 7-3, 3-1 on the season and are looking to move on in the playoffs.
Angel said that Jasper and Palestine are similar in more ways than one.
“Jasper has size and speed,” Angel said. “They are a lot like us in the sense that they are going to depend on their ability to run the ball. Defensively they have great athletic ability and run to the ball well.”