After earning their best start as an eight-man program and racing through their non-district schedule, the Wilson Eagles are now faced with bigger challenges.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Skinny Stewart Stadium in Wilson, the Eagles will begin district play and a possible road to the playoffs as they take on a tough Waurika squad.
Both of these teams will enter this district B-4 matchup as the lone unbeaten teams in the district as Wilson sports a 5-0 record with Waurika at 4-0.
Waurika’s biggest strength this season has arguably been its defense.
A total of 14 points has been scored against Waurika through four games, with the other contests ending in 45-point mercy rule victories.
The same could also be said about Wilson’s defensive unit through five games, as Fox is the lone team who has been able to score more than 20 points against the black and gold this season.
Wilson coach Kenny Ridley realizes not only the importance of this game from a district standpoint, but also the excitement from a neutral standpoint with both teams entering undefeated.
“This is shaping up to be a very good game,” he said. “Neither team has lost a game and I believe we will have our hands full because Waurika is such an excellent team.”
“They (Waurika) have the best team speed that we have seen so far this season,” Ridley added “They use that in a spread offensive formation and try to run a lot of jet sweeps. They’re going to  attack the perimeter pretty heavy, and then come back and hit you up the middle. They’ve also got a good quarterback that is being recruited by several colleges. With his leadership and their team speed, we will need to be disciplined with our defensive sets and make good tackles in the open.”
Last week it was a happy homecoming for Wilson as the Eagles took down Maud 54-6 to finish off an undefeated non-district schedule.
Waurika meanwhile recorded its third shutout of the season, a comfortable 48-0 victory over Caddo on the road.
These two teams engaged in a low-scoring contest in 2017, with Waurika managing to win 12-7 against Wilson at Waurika.
“The players are excited to be playing in a game of this importance,” Ridley said. “We are playing with a lot of confidence right now because we have seen our efforts pay off with wins. We’re looking forward to playing Waurika at home.”
“We’ve had great community support,” Ridley added “It has been great for this team andI hope we can feed off the home crowd’s energy and get a big win this week. It’s a very important game, especially since is our first district contest.”