Mexia Blackcats (3-6, 1-2) at Rusk Eagles (2-7, 0-3) — Rusk must win and must win by at least 15 points to secure the fourth and final playoff spot. Anything less than that will prevent the Red and Black from appearing in the post season. Both clubs' defenses look to be pretty evenly matched on paper. Mexia is averaging 23 points a game, while Rusk puts an average of 11 points a night on the scoreboard. The home field advantage should be worth a few points to a young Eagle squad.
Spring Hill Panthers (2-7, 0-5) at Bullard Panthers (3-5, 1-4) — The battle of District 16-3A's Panthers is all about pride this year as each team has been eliminated from the playoff picture. Bullard, who has been hit hard by injuries this year, will be looking to close the year on a high note. Bullard's offense should enjoy facing a Spring Hill defense that has been giving up 36 points a game.
Sabine Cardinals (1-8, 0-4) at Troup Tigers (5-4, 1-3) — Troup's safest way to be included in the playoff mix is to shoot down the last-place Cards. The Tigers and Jefferson both enter play Friday with 1-3 District 9-2A-I records. Jefferson closes out the regular season with a tall task at hand — a visit to second-place White Oak. Troup won the head-to-head meeting against Jefferson earlier this year.
Alto Yellowjackets (6-3, 3-1) at Shelbyville — Head coach Paul Gould's Mean Sting are in second place in the District 10-A-I standings and are sitting a game in front of Shelbyville and San Augustine. Alto needs to take care of business at home Friday to avoid potentially throwing the loop standings into a quandary on the final night of the regular season. The Jackets have won two games in a row, including an impressive, 84-13, decision over San Augustine last week and appear to be hitting on all cylinders at this time.
Note: Brook Hill (6-4, 5-2) has complete its regular season and has locked up a playoff spot out of TAPPS II-2A. The Guard will enter post season as the third-place representative from the conference. Brook Hill was originally slated to play Carrollton Prince of Peace on Friday, but Prince of Peace was forced to forgo the final weeks of the regular season due to a lack of healthy players. Brook Hill was credited with a 2-0 forfeit win over Prince of Peace.