Despite losing a heartbreaker to Henrietta last week, the Alvord Bulldogs are still in control of their own destiny with one game remaining.
A win against City View Friday would secure the fourth and final playoff spot in District 5-2A Division II for the Bulldogs.
Alvord (3-6, 1-3) hosts the City View Mustangs (5-4, 1-3) Friday at Bulldog Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs could have clinched a spot last week with a win over Henrietta, but spotted the Bearcats 20 points early and dug themselves an early hole.
A dramatic comeback in the second half gave Alvord a brief 25-20 lead, but a late touchdown run by Henrietta sealed the deal.
Jaylon White was also lost early in the game to a bone bruise. He is questionable for this week.
“It’s a playoff game,” Alvord coach Curtis Enis said. “We are very similar teams. They have a good running back and like to run out of the spread. It’ll come down to who executes best and who has the least penalties and turnovers.”
City View is coming off a 42-28 win over Holliday. They fell 55-48 the week before to Henrietta. The Mustangs have developed a dangerous offense, averaging 33 points a game during league play.
“They put up a lot of points,” Enis said. “They’ll try to get the ball to their good running back in the open field. We have to gang tackle him and make sure we wrap up.”
Alvord also needs a much better start. They’ve been getting behind early and having to fight just to get back even. The Bulldogs had to score 25 unanswered points last week to grab the lead.
Joe Randall accounted for all the scores, but they couldn’t hold on to the lead late.
But in spite of it all, Alvord still has a chance to get into the postseason for the first time since 2010.
“It’s good to still have control of your own destiny,” Enis said. “We’ve have to go out there and take care of business. Like we tell the kids, ‘do what you’re coached to do on every play and at every position.'”
CITY VIEW (5-4, 1-3) AT ALVORD (3-6, 1-3)
7:30 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium
Alvord: Harris Rating 183
Notable: Alvord is looking for the first playoff appearance since 2010.
City View: Harris Rating 180
Notable: Alvord won last year’s game 29-28.
Harris line: PK