Ray and G-P have each clinched spots in next week's district playoff play-in games, but each have taken different paths to get here.
"We wanted one, two is what we have to settle for," Ray defensive lineman Christopher Biddy said. "We're not going to accept third."
"If we win this game we have a chance to play Carroll for the 'Battle of the Bridge' and get that trophy back over here," G-P senior linebacker Brenden Teague said. "Mindset is win this game."
The Texans and the Wildcats have exceeded expectations. Ray went from last place last year, to a chance at the playoffs.
"We're excited about the chance to play in the playoffs," Ray Head Coach Craig Charlton said. "Initially at the beginning of the year people wrote us off as being an eighth place team."
G-P got out to an 0-and-3 start under new coach Rick Rhoades. Chalk that up to growing pains. They've won two straight at a crucial point in the season.
"This is the time you want to be playing your best football," said Rhoades. "We did struggle early, but the kids understand what we're trying to do now."
"From the beginning of the season,o one thought we were even going to make playoffs," said G-P offensive lineman Jagger Weatherford. "Clinching the second spot would just everyone we did it and we've succeeded."
"If we can win the game and get second place in our zone, that gives our seniors one more home ballgame," Rhoades said. "I think it's a pretty big ballgame for them."
The Texans are going with freshman quarterback Jerrett Garza at quarterback this week against G-P with sophomore Brad Breckenridge being a little dinged up. The Texans are hoping for him to get healthy in time for the interzone playoff game.
"Calallen beat us up a little bit," Charlton said. "There are some guys right now that we've really counted on that have got a few bruises."
The freshman Garza, who threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns, gets his second start with the second seed on the line, with the biggest test coming in next week's 30-5A play-in game. Reporting on the game of the week, Ian Steele 3Sports.