Waxahachie will enter Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield on a two-game winning streak after soundly defeating Midlothian last week. The Indians are 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in District 10-5A.
On the flipside, the (5-1, 3-0) Mansfield Legacy Broncos are the No. 8-ranked team in the Associated Press 5A poll. The lone loss for the Broncos came Sept. 15 on the road against No. 1 Aledo, 24-3.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
ON THE AIR
For those who cannot make Friday night's game, KBEC 1390 carries all Waxahachie football games. Waxahachie ISD Athletics Hall of Famers Ken Roberts and Mike Turner have the call on KBEC 1390 AM or by downloading the TuneIn app and searching for "KBEC 1390."
ABOUT THE BRONCOS
Junior defensive back Jalen Catalon leads a stingy and tough Bronco defense that has limited opponents to 17 points and 179.8 yards per game this season.
Take heed to the name, Indian faithful — Catalon will need to be accounted for at all times and on both sides of the football.
The reigning Associated Press 5A Defensive Player of the Year (yes, as a sophomore) leads the Broncos with 45 tackles (3 TFL), two interceptions and three forced fumbles. Legacy has forced 10 fumbles on the season.
The Broncos have also recorded eight sacks through six games.
On the offensive side of the ball, Catalon (20-of-28, 298 yards) splits time with Cameron Clark (20-of-53, 285 yards) at quarterback. Each has thrown five touchdowns with Clark accounting for the lone interception.
Catalon is also second on the team to featured running back Grant Johnson (119 carries, 832 yards) with 439 yards on 41 carries (10.7 YPC).
Eleven different Broncos have caught passes this season, led by Nathan Rooney with 130 yards on six catches.
ABOUT THE INDIANS
Wide receiver Jerreth Sterns and Bryse Salik turned in career days in last Friday's win over visiting Midlothian.
Sterns caught nine of Salik's 21 completions for 259 yards and three touchdowns on his way to 294 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. He also intercepted two Panther passes deep in Waxahachie territory.
Sterns, who verbally committed to Army West Point, now leads the Indians in both rushing and receiving yards with 301 and 550 yards, respectively. He has a team-high nine total touchdowns.
If he follows through with the verbal commitment, Sterns will be the third Indian to play football at a military service university over the last dozen years — joining Chris Campbell ('06) and Sam Gagliano ('10). Both Campbell and Gagliano attended Air Force.
Salik finished the homecoming win 21-of-27 for a new season-high 497 yards and six touchdowns. The senior is 122-of-164 (74 percent) on the season for 1,938 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has also run for four touchdowns and thrown five interceptions.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Thus far through 2017, Midlothian serves as the only common opponent for the Indians and Broncos.
Legacy routed the Panthers 57-22 in the District 10-5A opener behind 167 rushing yards from Catalon. The Broncos took a 50-6 lead into halftime and backed off of the gas pedal in the second half.
Midlothian ran 34 plays in the first half on its seven possession for 112 total yards. The Panthers finished the game with 395 yards of offense, which included 297 yards on the ground.
In comparison, the Indians defeated the Panthers 49-20 after taking a 21-7 lead into the locker rooms at the half. The Panthers ran for 353 yards and totaled 418 on the evening with 192 yards coming in the first half.
Waxahachie has not defeated Legacy since a David Ream-led team squeaked out a 28-22 win in 2012. The Broncos have beaten the Indians each year since, 51-7 ('13), 22-17 ('14), 73-66 ('15) and 45-33 ('16).
Waxahachie returns home for the annual "Pink Out" game to host Mansfield Timberview. Legacy will battle for the top spot in District 10-5A at Vernon Newsom Stadium against Lake Ridge.
Both games are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.