Prairie View (4-1) at Glenbrook (2-3), Friday, 7 p.m.
Turning the page on its first loss of the season, the Prairie View Spartans get into MAIS District 5-2A play Friday night at Glenbrook. Kickoff time is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Minden.
Prairie View is chasing is third straight district championship along with home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
"If you win the district title, you are automatically home in the first round," Prairie View coach Bo Barton said.
Though the Spartans are heavily favored to win the three-team district which also includes River Oaks, there is no room for error in such a small district.
"You can't afford to lose one (district game)," Barton said.
Prairie View breezed past Union Christian 36-12, CHEF 42-6, Wilkinson County Christian 44-0 and Acadiana Home School 42-0 before coming out on the short end of a 34-18 result against Class 3A Riverfield last week.
"In my opinion, you have two options when you lose," Barton said. "One, you can lay there and wallow in self-pity. Or two, you can use it as a tool to get better."
As far as Barton is concerned, the Riverfield game can only help the Spartans in the long run.
"The good thing about playing a team like we played Friday night is they point out your strengths and expose your weaknesses," Barton said. "We need to increase our strengths and strengthen our weaknesses."
Barton says the Spartans came away from the game battered and bruised.
"Our kids are banged up," Barton said. "That was the first time we have been challenged all year and it was a physical, hard-fought game."
On the bright side, everybody is available for Friday night.
"You would have to cut some of these kids' legs off to keep them out," Barton said.
Glenbrook (2-3) opened the season with consecutive wins over Clinton Christian (13-6) and WCCA (24-14), but has dropped three straight to Central Private (48-22), Central Hinds (42-8) and Claiborne (29-20).
Despite the recent struggles, Barton is leery of the Apaches.
"Glenbrook is going to play hard against us," Barton said. "They are a district opponent, so you can take the records and throw them out the door. It doesn't matter what your record is now.
"This is the same bunch of kids that beat us in baseball. Glenbrook has had a lot of success in the past against Prairie View in every sport. We expect their best game."
Among the Apaches' key players are quarterback Brandon Merritt, running back Marshall Meek, tight end/linebacker Parker Christy and wide receiver/cornerback Damaza Robinson.
"Coach (Ronnie) Powell has been around a long time and knows how to win," Barton said. "We have to go to their place. When you go on the road, you're already a touchdown down mentally."
For Prairie View, the Riverfield game represented the start of the meat of its schedule.
"Starting last week, we have a 5-6 week stretch of tough games with Riverfield, Glenbrook, Trinity — we all know what Trinity can do — Central Private and River Oaks. It's going to be a mental and physical challenge for our kids. We need to stay injury-free."
Hayes Crockett completed 19-of-33 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown, and also broke loose for an 82-yard TD scamper against Riverfield. Among the Spartans' other key offensive players are center Caleb Christmas, guard Gage Riles and tackle Austin Harper.
Tackles Cole Kinnaird and Tyler Peters spearhead the defense, along with cornerback Layton Woodard.
Prairie View is at home next Friday against Trinity Episcopal.