Not much is ever guaranteed in sports, but, weather permitting, either the Waxahachie Indians or Mansfield Tigers will notch a first District 7-6A win Friday night.
The Indians enter the contest on a five-game losing streak after a season-opening win against 5A Ennis, while Mansfield has lost three-consecutive ballgames after defeating Mansfield Legacy (14-7) to snap a two-game skid to start the season.
Both teams are 1-5 on the year and 0-3 in district action. They have also taken vastly different approaches to get there.
The Indians still boast one of the higher-flying offenses in District 7-6A, averaging well over 360 yards and 27.3 points per game. The Tigers, who like to stay on the ground and between the tackles, average just 186.3 yards and 11.2 points per contest.
Something will indeed have to give on Friday.
Kickoff at Vernon Newsom Stadium, located at 3700 E. Broad Street in Mansfield, is at 7:30 p.m.
Waxahachie fans now have an FM option on the radio dial to listen to Indian athletics, as KBEC 1390 has added 99.1 FM. Join the "Voice of the Indians," Ken Roberts, and coach Mike Turner for pregame programming at 7 p.m. on either 1390 AM, 99.1 FM or by searching for "KBEC" on the TuneIn app on Apple and Android devices.
Per UIL regulations, all early ticket sales end at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Adult tickets are $6 and students are $3 (cash only) and can be purchased at the Waxahachie Daily Light.
General admission tickets are $7 at the gate.
ABOUT THE INDIANS
Waxahachie looked stellar on both sides of the football before and after the rain storm last Friday at home in a loss against Mansfield Lake Ridge.
In fact, the Indians outscored the Eagles 21-7 when it wasn't pouring on Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadiums.
Head football coach Todd Alexander admitted after the game that the weather did force the Indians to make a few adjustments to their gameplan, most notably for those watching was the reeling in of the passing game.
Despite the rain, Quarterback DJ Hollywood still managed to complete 11-of-25 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. The pair of scores through the air went to Campbell Sullivan and Josh Sterns.
Sullivan added a 6-yard touchdown run to give Waxahachie an early 7-0 lead.
Hollywood has now thrown for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns (5 INTs) on 42-of-74 passing (57 percent) on the season.
Though he has not played since a week-four loss against DeSoto, Keyshawn Anderson still leads the Indians in receiving yards with 274 on 12 catches. Sterns and Sullivan are tied for the team-lead with three touchdowns and both have 202 yards receiving, while Sterns has a team-high 14 catches.
Jaden Watson leads the rushing attack with 82 carries for 385 yards and four touchdowns, while Sullivan has 122 yards on 21 rushes.
The Indians are still dealing with a plethora of injuries, which includes key losses like Texas A&M-commit Demani Richardson and Keyshawn Anderson, who recently committed to Southwest Oklahoma State University.
ABOUT THE TIGERS
Waxahachie fans can expect to see a lot of I-formation and two-back sets Friday night from the Mansfield Tigers.
Quarterback Hunt Young has completed 40-of-his-81 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns to five interceptions.
Miles Williams (7-75, TD), Drew Crippen (7-74, 2 TDs) and Dameon Gomes (6-43) are the Tigers leading pass catchers.
The Tigers have three ball carries with over 100 yards rushing this season, led by Josh Littleberry (92-333, TD) and Hunt Young (43-156, 2 TDs). Ricky Madison is the third the break the century mark with 105 yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns.
Neither of the trio averages better than 3.6 yards-per-carry.
The Indians lead the all-time series 3-1-1 against the Tigers, though the two have not met since 1981. Waxahachie won the last meeting 23-12.