There were no bigger fans of the Waxahachie Indians last Friday night than the Warriors of South Grand Prairie.
Had the Indians of pulled off the upset of Mansfield Summit, the Warriors would still hold hopes of clinching a District 7-6A playoff spot in their hands. However, the Waxahachie comeback bid fell one touchdown short and South Grand Prairie now needs a win Thursday night and a lot of help to reach the postseason.
Waxahachie now has the prime chance of playing the role of spoiler and heading into the offseason with a signature 6A win to build upon.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie.
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. Thursday. 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.
Thursday is also senior night for Waxahachie, which will include pre- and mid-game festivities on the field.
ABOUT THE INDIANS
The Indians (1-8, 0-6 in 6-6A) feature 29 underclassmen on their varsity roster, with many of those playing key roles for the Tribe on one of the three phases.
Yet, the Tribe nearly recorded its first real 6A victory in signature fashion last week on the road against Mansfield Summit. Waxahachie trailed 27-0 at the half and then stormed back behind four DJ Hollywood touchdown passes and a stout defensive showing to pull within one score, 34-28.
The Waxahachie offense outgained Summit 439-164 on the evening behind 336 yards passing by Hollywood (22-of-38).
The junior signal caller now has 1,374 yards through the air. He has also completed a respectable 54.7 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns to nine interceptions.
Josh Sterns still leads all Waxahachie receivers with 34 catches for 452 yards and six touchdowns — three of those came last week against Summit. The junior has also carried the football 25 times for 136 yards and a score.
Not far behind Sterns in the receiving department is Keshawn Anderson. The senior missed four games due to an injury but has still managed 23 catches for 409 yards and two touchdowns.
Campbell Sullivan (22-295, 3 TDs) and Austin Mick (17-283, 2 TDs) also factor heavily into the Waxahachie passing attack.
Jaden Watson leads all Waxahachie ball carriers with 93 rushing attempts for 435 yards and four touchdowns.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS
South Grand Prairie enters Thursday's regular-season finale with a 4-5 overall record and 3-3 in District 7-6A after the Warriors were blown out by DeSoto last week, 51-7.
The Warriors three district wins this season have come against Mansfield (27-17), Grand Prairie (14-6) and Mansfield Summit (45-24).
If South Grand Prairie wins Thursday, the Warriors will certainly become cheerleaders of Mansfield Lake Ridge, who faces Summit at 7:30 p.m. Friday. A Summit loss combined with an SGP win puts the Warriors into the postseason.
SGP does not jump off the page offensively, as they average just 241.1 yards per contest.
Quarterback Drake Logan has completed 101-of-201 passes for 1,010 yards but has just four touchdowns through the air to 13 interceptions.
Deamikkio Nathan (25-359, TD), Matt Esparza (22-216, TD) and Titus Jackson (21-203) are the primary threats out wide.
Keodrick Young leads the Warriors ground attack with 468 yards and eight touchdowns on 89 carries, while Javarius Crawford has a team-high 103 rushes for 356 yards and two scores.
Waxahachie, which is about to conclude its 114th varsity season, has never faced South Grand Prairie.