Prairie View (2-7, 0-2) at Glenbrook (6-3, 1-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
Over the past three weeks, Prairie View has had to focus on stopping the run. Glenbrook presents an entirely different set of challenges. Starting time for Friday night's game is 7 p.m. in Minden.
While the Spartans (2-7, 0-2) are realistically playing out the string, the game has playoff implications for the Apaches (6-3, 1-1).
River Oaks (5-4, 2-0) can clinch the MAIS District 3-2A title with a victory over Riverfield (7-2, 1-1). Wins by River Oaks and Glenbrook would leave the Apaches in second place. The combination of a Riverfield victory and a Glenbrook win would create a three-way tie for the district championship.
Wins by Prairie View and Riverfield would create a three-way logjam for second place, but the Spartans would need a 47-point victory over Glenbrook to win the tiebreaker and gain the district's second playoff spot.
Glenbrook controls its own destiny after knocking off Riverfield 28-20 last week. Quarterback Regan Edwards completed 28-of-44 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Apaches offensively.
“Glenbrook always has a lot of playmakers and a lot of speed at the skill positions and this year is no different,” Prairie View quarterback Reagan Morrison said. “We have to find a way to get some pressure on the quarterback and be ready to defend the pass.”
Logan Clark has been the Apaches' go-to receiver throughout the season, but Arthur Jones and Jacob White came through with breakout games against Riverfield. Jones snared 15 passes for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while White caught seven balls for 166 yards and a TD.
Dakota Shinall, who returned a kickoff 78 yards for a TD last week, is a threat on special teams and is among the Apaches' top defenders.
Linebacker Tristan Sanders spearheads the defense. Last week, he produced 16 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.
Besides Riverfield, the Apaches own wins over Riverdale (26-0), Cenla Christian (28-12), Central Private (53-0), West Memphis (40-26) and Claiborne (60-14), with losses at the hands of Class 3A Madison-Ridgeland (54-12), River Oaks (41-24) and 3A Adams County Christian (70-46).
Prairie View is coming off of a 43-0 loss to River Oaks last week. Running back Hunter Carpenter (16 carries, 82 yards) and wide receiver Hunter Green (three receptions, 80 yards) accounted for the bulk of the Spartans' offense, while linebacker Layne Gray (12 tackles) was a bright spot defensively.
Prairie View will be without the services of wide receiver/cornerback/punter Matt Reed (hamstring) and linemen Ross Blackard (wrist) and Dylan Mewborn (knee) Friday night.