For over two decades the Waxahachie football program was rich with playoff appearances, and maybe even a little spoiled. A 20-year streak of consecutive postseasons was snapped in 2010 but was quickly followed by berths in 2011-12.
Then, the drought happened.
Four years later, the Indians and their faithful following are once again playoff bound after defeating Lancaster last week at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium 30-16.
The Waxahachie defense did not allow a second-half score against the Tigers, while the offense capitalized on five second-half Lancaster turnovers and exploded for 24 points in the third quarter.
The Indians will enter Friday night's game at R.L. Anderson Stadium with a 6-3 record on the season and are 4-2 in District 10-5A, while Mansfield Lake Ridge boasts an 8-1 season record and perfect district mark.
The lone loss for the Eagles came week one against Denton Guyer 36-21. Since then, Mansfield Timberview (37) and Mesquite Poteet (30) are the only two teams to score 30 or more points against Lake Ridge.
The Eagles are currently No. 11 in the Associated Press 5A poll, just 18 votes behind No. 10 Colleyville Heritage. Their signature win thus far in the season came two weeks ago against then-state-ranked Mansfield Legacy 28-17.
For all intents and purposes, Friday’s game will not factor in either of the two teams’ playoff seeding or scenarios.
Lake Ridge is already solidified as the No. 1 seed in District 10-5A and will head to the 5A Division I playoffs to face Burleson Centennial out of District 9-5A in the bi-district round. Waxahachie will enter as either the second seed in Division I — if Mansfield Summit loses Friday plus loses the tiebreaker— or Division II — if Summit wins Friday against Timberview.
In Division II, Waxahachie would play 9-5A champion Everman. A bump up to Division I would pit the Indians against Burleson.
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.”
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Indians didn't just win the first meeting between the two programs — they embarrassed the Eagles 77-0 in 2012.
Since then, Lake Ridge has won all four ballgames: 38-34 in 2013, 72-55 in 2014, 60-34 in 2015 and 63-49 last season.
One year ago it was then-backup quarterback Chandler Rogers who torched the Waxahachie offense via the zone read to the tune of seven rushing touchdowns.