Prior to their bye week, the No. 1 ranked Chargers cruised to a 42-3 win over Holy Innocents on Sept. 29, extending their winning streak to four games.
Now, ELCA welcomes the Mustangs, who have lost all four of their games by double digits, including a 56-13 decision to Holy Innocents last Saturday, to Commitment Field.
The Chargers have also defeated the Mustangs by at least 35 points in each of the last two seasons.
Up in Class AAAA, Locust Grove (5-1, 1-0 sub-region 4A-AAAA) looks to keep the momentum rolling in its favor during a road game against Woodland-Henry on Friday. Last week, the Wildcats overcame a 31-point deficit, answering with 32 straight points to eventually stun Dutchtown 40-37.
“It was a game that you will always remember because it was 31-0 but the kids showed a no-quit attitude and desire,” Locust Grove coach Clint Satterfield said. “They kept playing and plugging away and at the end we were fortunate enough to win. I’ve been in the business 21 years but I’ve never seen a 31-point deficit overcome like that.”
Cortez McDowell had eight catches for 189 yards and three touchdowns for the Wildcats, who trailed 31-14 at the half.
“I just told them to come out during the first drive of the second half and get some points on the board then it’s our ball game again,” said Satterfield, whose team needed just three plays to score in the third quarter.
Now, Locust Grove has to be sure to turn its attention to a desperate Wolfpack team, which has lost its last four games.
“Last Friday night is over with,” Satterfield said. “We were very fortunate to win and happy to win but we got to move on. I still think we are the underdog as we are every week. It’s homecoming for them so it’s going to be a test for us.”
Even though the Wildcats are the better team, Satterfield chooses to take this approach to prevent a terrible scenario.
“You don’t want to have a big region win like that then have a letdown,” he said. “I’m really approaching the game like we are the underdog.”