The final week of the season tends to provide lots of drama. The best drama can come from teams fighting to keep their season alive and that’s exactly what we have Friday night as Lake Ridge travels southeast to take on the Waxahachie Indians in a showdown for the last playoff spot in District 10-5A. Each team is currently on a losing streak, and a win would not only give one team into the playoffs, but give them a big momentum boost heading into next week.
For Lake Ridge’s offense, they have a number of playmakers on the outside, including Zack Jackson, Cartraven Walker and T.J. Graham. That should help quarterback Jason Bean, who struggled last week, completing just 11 of 33 passes last week against Timberview. The Eagles have struggled defensively the last two weeks, giving up 35 and 49 points the last two games and as our own TexasHSFootball’s Dean Bisceglia pointed out, when the defense struggles, the result is typically not good for Lake Ridge. After playing for a state championship last year, the Eagles are now fighting for their season.
Just a few weeks ago, Waxahachie was rolling at 6-0 and considered to be one of the top teams in the state. Since then, the Indians have lost three in a row and now face a win-and-in situation. Their big play offense, led by Jalen Reagor, Kenedy Snell, and Eris Miles will all need to be at their best for the Indians. After losing a close game to Lancaster last week, the Indians will have to dig deep and find a way to pull off a season-saving win. The Indians have all the tools needed to pull off the win on offense, but have not scored more than 40 points in a game since their last win over Midlothian back on October 7th. They’ll have this game at home and will have to handle everything surrounding this game with poise.
The recent trend of these two teams show that this game could be a shootout and it very well might end up that way. However, games like this come down to who can best handle the pressure of a win-and-in game like this. Whoever can handle themselves the best will come out on top and it should be a thrilling matchup on Friday night at Lumpkins Stadium.