Waxahachie and Mansfield Summit will take the field Friday as two football teams with entirely different mindsets.
Mansfield Summit (4-4, 3-2 in 6-6A) enters the game in must-win mode, as the Jaguars are currently tied for the fourth-and-final District 7-6A playoff spot with (4-4, 3-2) South Grand Prairie.
The Indians (1-7, 0-5 in 6-6A) are in a stage of growth with a steep learning curve and two more weeks left to begin the process of building toward next fall. Waxahachie took the field last Friday with 25 underclassmen on the roster.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Vernon Newsom Stadium, located at 3700 E. Broad St. in Mansfield.
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
Thanks largely to injuries, Waxahachie started the second half of last week's 20-6 loss against Grand Prairie with eight underclassmen (six sophomores) on defense and six more on the offensive side of the football.
The Indians still managed to limit Grand Prairie to 371 total yards of offense and one second-half touchdown.
Junior quarterback DJ Hollywood completed 16-of-33 passes for 162 yards against the Gophers and now has 1,038 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air on the season.
Jaden Watson, who carried the football 11 times for 50 yards last week, leads the Indians ground game with 435 rushing yards. The senior also has four rushing touchdowns.
Waxahachie is not without playmakers on the offensive side of the football, either.
After the game last week, Waxahachie head football coach Todd Alexander said any one of the foursome comprised of Austin Mick, Josh Sterns, Campbell Sullivan and Keyshawn Anders can be "threat at any time."
"Those guys are playmakers and they are doing a great job for us," Alexander added. "We just have to continue to try to get those guys the ball as much as possible."
All four are now over 280 yards receiving on the season. Sullivan leads the way with 22 catches for 295 yards and his three touchdown receptions are tied with Sterns (24-289). Anderson has 15 grabs for 286 yards and two scores, while Mick has 17 receptions for 283 yards and two touchdowns.
Sullivan also has 154 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries, while Sterns has 19 rushes for 117 yards and a score.
Waxahachie enters the game averaging 331.9 yards and 22.1 points per contest, while the defense has surrendered an average of 43.5 points and 456.6 yards per game.
ABOUT THE JAGUARS
Brysen Mckinney is in his third season under center for the Jaguars. The senior has completed 49-of-114 passes for 762 yards and nine touchdowns (5 INTs) in eight games. He has also rushed for a team-high seven touchdowns and is second on the team with 297 yards on 77 carries.
Jayden Lott (No. 15) leads the Jaguars with 73 carries for 330 yards.
Lacoryien Washington (No. 4) has a team-high three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The senior is also third on the team with 52 total tackles, trailing only Brandon Tillmon (69 total tackles) and David Cottrell (No. 22, 57 tackles).
Tillmon (No. 25) also leads the Jaguars with 15 tackles-for-loss, as Summit enters with 80 total tackles-for-loss through eight games this season.
Nigel Brobbey (No. 5) has a team-high seven sacks.
Waxahachie is 2-4 all-time against Mansfield Summit. The Jaguars defeated the Indians with a big second-half comeback last season at Lumpkins Stadium, 42-31.