BY JOHN CONLEY
Westside and River View will start the playoffs early.
The teams, both 8-1 heading into this Friday's regular season finale at Clear Fork, are both headed to the post-season. But they will be battling for a chance to host at least one, and possibly two, games.
"It's a big game" said WHS coach Darren Thomas. "Last year it was a tie (16-16) and had playoff implications, too.
"You take the games one at a time, but this is one game we've all been looking at," he added. "It will make a difference in seeding and stuff."
The Renegades won two games in a five-day span last week, nipping Scott, 28-22, on Monday and then whipping Mount View, 56-12, on Friday.
Thomas says the Renegades, who are led by running backs Dustin and Justin Tilley and Thomas Forren, won't be doing anything different.
"We just need to have no turnovers and we can't give up any big plays" he commented.
"River View has got some good athletes," remarked Thomas. "They're well coached, and they'll get after you."
The Raiders suffered their first loss last Friday to AAA Lincoln County by a 44-6 score.
Westside had its lone loss in the second game of the season, 41-20, to unbeaten Shady Spring.
"We're happy with where we're at," Thomas said. "Our kids played well all year long for us.
"Our kids are a veteran bunch," he continued, "and our seniors and juniors know what Friday night means."