By BRYAN URBACH
PALESTINE — ELKHART — Riding the running game all season has been the Elks' plan from the beginning, and it has them in the first round of the playoffs.
Elkhart’s first opponent in the playoffs is Godley, a team that is similar in a lot of ways. The game will be played in Corsicana tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Elkhart coach Sam Wells said he expects a tough game out of Godley and if the Elks can put together a string of good plays, the game should come as a victory for the Elks.
“Our defensive players have played great the past couple of games,” Wells said. “When you can play great defense, run the football, and win the turnover battle, you have a chance to win.”
Godley is coming into the match with a 7-3 record overall and a 5-1 record in district.
With Jeffery Wilson running the ball for the Elks, they have been nearly unstoppable. Wilson has had multiple five-plus touchdown games and multiple games with more than 300 yards of offense.
“Jeffery has had a great year,” Wells said. “He has been a big asset to our team.”
OAKWOOD — The Panthers are on a five-game winning streak and take that into the playoffs against Leverett’s Chapel tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Oakwood.
The Panthers are returning to the playoffs for the fourth year in a row now, and Oakwood coach Mike Heckathorn said doing that was something special for the Panthers.
“We are excited to return to the playoffs for the fourth year in a row,” Heckathorn said. “This senior class won their fourth District Championship in a row. I think that is a great accomplishment, and I have told our kids that.”
For the Panthers, they have been quietly cruising through the second half of the season after having a rough beginning to the season.
“What sparked us, I think, was getting everyone healthy and playing better defense,” Heckathorn said. “We also benefited greatly when Jordan Hawkins (a junior) moved here from Brenham.”
The game will be at home for the Oakwood Panthers, who earned that right by being the best in their division at the end of the season.
“We are very pleased to get another home game for our seniors,” Heckathorn said.