It’s now or never for the North Webster Knights.
Following last week’s 38-12 road loss to the Loyola Flyers, the Knights find themselves in what feels like a must win game if they hope to make the playoffs for a tenth consecutive season.
Standing in their way will be the Mansfield Wolverines. The Wolverines are fresh off a close 14-9 victory over the Bossier Bearkats in a game that was surprisingly low scoring. North Webster knows better than to take the Wolverine offense lightly based off the 14-point outing last week. They have routinely scored in the 40’s this season against teams such as Minden, Red River and North Caddo.
The Knights benefited from the return of running back/receiver Cooper Sanders against the Flyers to the tune of over 400 yards of offense, but turnovers proved too costly as North Webster gave the ball away six times against Loyola.
Remaining diverse in their attack and doing a better job of valuing the football will be key to the Knights’ chances Friday on the road. This marks just the third road game of the season for North Webster, having lost the first two against Minden in Week 3 and Loyola last week.
North Webster comes in at No. 30 in this week’s Class 3A playoff power ratings, with the top 32 teams advancing to the playoffs.