As the playoff season comes closer, the No. 4 Ringling Blue Devils still aren’t sure where their destination will lie come the second season.

As the playoff season comes closer, the No. 4 Ringling Blue Devils still aren’t sure where their destination will lie come the second season.

While the Blue Devils know they’ll be crashing the postseason party once again, what they don’t know is where they will be playing as it pertains to the first two rounds.

At 7:30 p.m. tonight at Rick Gandy Memorial Stadium, the Blue Devils can at least solve one of those questions with a victory over the Elmore City-Pernell Badgers.

Should the Blue Devils win, they would be assured of at least one home playoff game in the playoffs, and could finish no worse than second in the district A-4 standings.

With a victory the Blue Devils would also set up a possible showdown for the district title next week against Boone-Apache on the road. 

Blue Devils coach Phil Koons was full of praise for the Badgers in talking about them this week, as he specifically singled out their hard nosed style of physical play.

“Elmore City will provide a challenge for our defensive line,” he said.  “They are a bit ‘old school’ like we are in that they like to run the football most of the time. We’ve played against a lot of teams with ‘spread’ offenses, so that is what we are accustomed to preparing against. They have some excellent players up front, and they have a very effective running back that follows his blocking well.”

Ringling’s defensive line hasn’t encountered many problems this season, as the Blue Devils defensive unit has allowed an opponent to score more than 10 points just once.

A total of five shutouts have been notched by the Blue Devils this season, with two other games seeing the opponents being held below 10 points. 

Last week Ringling handled a tricky road test against the Rush Springs Redskins, winning 41-7.

Kash Kyle torched Rush Springs’ defense for 155 yards rushing on 24 carries, while quarterback Sam VanBuskirk went for 100 yards on 13 carries. 

Elmore City-Pernell had its struggles last week against Boone-Apache falling at home by a score of 47-14.

The Badgers haven’t played their best football away from home this season as they have just one win on the season, with it coming in September against Dibble.

“Their (Elmore City-Pernell) quarterback is a big player,” Koons said.  “He throws the ball well and he is a threat to run with it when he sees an opening. We have played well defensively all year, and we need the defense to step up big-time this week. With the players Elmore City has we will need to stay focused and be ready to play right from the opening kick-off.”