Cedar Ridge and McNeil have two contrasting goals coming into Friday night's clash at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, but the intensity and pressure are looming large at both schools.
For the Raiders, a win would clinch a spot in the playoffs. For the Mavericks, a win would help them stay alive in the postseason race in a highly competitive District 13-6A.
The Raiders enter the game at 6-2 with a 5-1 district record while their opponents sit at 4-4, with a 3-3 district record.
Cedar Ridge rolled in its 70-56 win over Round Rock last week. The Raiders offense picked up nearly 700 yards, headlined by running back Deuce Vaughn and his school-record 406 yards of rushing.
Cedar Ridge has won five consecutive games after starting the season 1-2. Their aforementioned offensive unit has been at the forefront of the winning streak, as the Raiders are outscoring opponents 272-139 in their six district competitions.
For McNeil, head coach Howard McMahan and crew are preparing heavily to take on such a high-octane offensive core. In doing such, they're looking to bounce back from a 42-21 loss at the hands of Round Rock ISD counterparts Stony Point.
The Mavs have alternated wins and losses since the third week of the season.
With the top four teams from each district qualifying for postseason play, McNeil will need to jump Stony Point (4-3) and one of Round Rock or Hendrickson (4-2) to grab a playoff berth.
Stony Point became week ten victors with a win over Westwood on Thursday. Hendrickson and Round Rock face off on Friday night at Dragon Stadium. Vandegrift and Cedar Ridge sit uncontested at first and second in the standings as of now.
The Raiders will play at Kelly Reeves for the third week in a row in their final regular season game of the year when they host Westwood, while McNeil heads to The PField in a potential must-win game when they take on Hendrickson to finish the season next Friday night.
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