Waxahachie and Grand Prairie will meet for only the third time in the all-time matchup Friday night at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium with both programs still in search of their first District 7-6A victory.
The lone win for both teams so far this season came in week one, with (1-6, 0-4) Waxahachie beating rival Ennis (54-32) and (1-5, 0-4) Grand Prairie defeating Lewisville (24-21).
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium, located at 600 Indian Drive in Waxahachie. It is the annual homecoming game for the Indians, with festivities planned for on the field before the game and during halftime.
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
The young Waxahachie defense, which at times featured seven sophomores on the field, was flattened last week against Mansfield High behind 556 of total offense. The Tigers running game gashed the Indians defense, scoring on touchdown runs of 56, 52, 87, 59 and 76 yards.
The Waxahachie offense still runs through quarterback DJ Hollywood, who is creeping closer to breaking the 1,000 yards passing mark. He has completed 61-of-110 passes for 876 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Wide receiver Keshawn Anderson, who made his return last week from an injury, was limited to just one catch for no gain but still sits second on the team with 273 yards and two receiving touchdowns. He trails Josh Sterns' team-high 21 catches for 275 yards and three scores.
Campbell Sullivan and Austin Mick have both come on strong out wide over the last few games, as both are now in double-digit catches and have a combined 467 yards receiving. Sullivan has three touchdowns and Mick has two.
Jaden Watson is now the leading ball carrier for the Tribe after the loss of Demani Richardson. Watson has 385 yards and four touchdowns on 82 carries.
ABOUT THE GOPHERS
To say Grand Prairie has struggled offensively this season would be a bit of an understatement, as the Gophers enter the Friday tilt averaging just 137.5 yards and 7.7 points per contest. On the flipside, Waxahachie averages 24.4 points and 344.7 yards per game.
Grand Prairie quarterback Adonis Johnson has completed just 35.7 percent of his passes on the season (20-of-56) for 409 yards and three touchdowns. He has also thrown three interceptions, a number matched by fellow signal caller Laron Jones, who has completed 5-of-24 passes for 80 yards.
Johnson is also the leading rusher for the Gophers in terms of carries (66) but only has 101 yards to show for it. Jacob Juarez has carried the football 36 times for a team-high 115 yards.
Zy'On Shepard (9-211, 2 TDs) and Jaylan Lopez (8-98, TD) and the Gophers leading receivers.
The Indians and Gophers last met in 1951, which was a game won by Grand Prairie, 52-28. The Gophers lead the all-time series 2-0.