The Lone Grove Longhorns know they have a chance of making the playoffs when they head to Dickson to take on the Comets Friday night.


The Lone Grove Longhorns know they have a chance of making the playoffs when they head to Dickson to take on the Comets Friday night.

Lone Grove is in a three-way tie with Pauls Valley and Sulphur for the fourth and final playoff spot in District 3A-2.

The Panthers currently have a 13-point tiebreaker lead on the Longhorns and a 14-point edge on the Bulldogs. Pauls Valley heads to Agee Field to take on Sulphur tonight and finishes at home against Madill. Sulphur travels to Dickson for their final regular season game next week.

“We will not overlook Dickson,” Lone Grove coach Kenny Ridley said. “They always play us tough. We let our playoff situation slip from of our own hands, and we are depending of the outcome of other games to determine our destiny. We must win our last two games no matter what.

“We know Dickson will be focused,” Ridley said. “We are hoping to match their intensity and play as hard as they do. It is important that we play meaningful games this week and next to give our seniors something to look back on with pride. It will give our underclassmen encouragement and hopefully lead to better things on down the road. Finishing our season on a positive note is critical.”

The Longhorns enter the game at 3-5 overall and 1-3 in district play. The Comets are 2-6,0-4.

“We know our next two opponents are hoping to make the playoffs, and we are in position to make things rough for them,” Dickson coach Mitchell Crittenden said.

“Lone Grove is always at their best when they play us. We will need to play a good football game to stay with them, especially the way they put points on the board.

“We are young, and it has been difficult for our youth to go up against seniors on most of the teams we have played,” Crittenden said. “We have played well in spots this season but have trouble putting four quarters together. This game against Lone Grove should be a challenge for us, but we are looking forward to that challenge.”