BOSQUEVILLE — On Friday, Bosqueville and Associated Press No. 4 Mart High Schools will decide which takes the District 8-2A Championship at Bulldog Stadium.
Mart (8-1, 4-0) has never lost to Bosqueville during the eight times they’ve played but last season, the Bulldogs gave the Panthers all they could handle before coming up short 26-21.
Bosqueville (5-4, 4-0) will be looking for the upset, as well as the district title on their home field.
The Bulldogs opened the season up with a 21-14 victory over Santo, but then they dropped the next four games in a row. Once district play started Bosqueville was able to find themselves and are currently on a four-game win streak.
During their win streak, the Bulldogs have averaged 49.5 points per game, while holding their opponents to just 17 points per game. Bosqueville will need to play mistake-free football and the defense will need to be lights out, in order to beat the Panthers.
Mart started the season off with a 40-38 loss to AP 3A No. 3 Lexington, since that night the Panthers have dominated every team they’ve played.
Their aerial offense is led by senior quarterback Jace Terry, responsible for 1,356 of the Panthers’ 4,277 yards on 80-for-137 passing. Twenty-one of the 24 touchdowns he’s thrown have found the waiting hands of Shatydrick Bailey (21 rec, 329 yards, 8 TD), Zamar Kirven (28 rec, 403, 7 TD), and Jalon Kirven (24 rec, 359 yards, 6 TD).
Mart also relies on the legs of Tyrek Horne, who has run for 1,245 yards and 15 touchdowns on 89 carries.
The Panthers performance during district play is nothing short of phenomenal, the hard part is deciding what’s been more impressive their offense of defense. Mart has outscored their district opponents 282-0 while averaging 70.5 points per game.
Mart without a doubt is the favorite to win this game, but as Week 10 showed any team can be upset. Expect both teams to leave it all on the field and if Bosqueville is able to score early on Mart, it will be interesting to see how the Panthers respond.
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