Just when it looked like the Wilson Eagles had everything figured out when it came to a playoff formula, the Empire Bulldogs threw a wrench in those plans.

Just when it looked like the Wilson Eagles had everything figured out when it came to a playoff formula, the Empire Bulldogs threw a wrench in those plans.

Thanks to the Bulldogs 28-12 victory last week, the Eagles once promising chances of hosting a playoff game suddenly became less certain.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Skinny Stewart Stadium, Wilson can put itself back in control of its playoff fate as the Eagles take on the Ryan Cowboys.

As things stand in district B-4, the Eagles are sitting in fourth place overall at 1-2 in district play and 6-2 overall on the season.

Ryan currently holds second place overall with a 5-3 overall record and a 2-1 district record.

A victory tonight by the Eagles would see them leapfrog back into third place, pending the result of the Empire/Central High contest. 

If Empire loses its last two games of the season and the Eagles win against Ryan and Bray-Doyle to end the season, Wilson would earn second place overall and host a first round playoff game.

As for the here and now though, Wilson coach Kenny Ridley admitted his team is fighting through a series of injuries right now down the home stretch of the season.

“We are playing a little bit banged up right now,” he said “We have some important people sidelined, and we expect the back-ups to answer the call and fill the void left by our injured starters. The injury-bug has gotten to us, and we just need to work our way through this tough stretch. Everyone still has a great attitude, and they like being in a play-off race.”

While the Eagles were struggling last week against Empire, Ryan was involved in an offensive shootout against the Bray-Doyle Donkeys.

Ryan managed to survive by a score of 78-74 at home, marking the third time this season the Cowboys have scored more than 70 points or more in a contest. The Cowboys are 3-0 in those games.

“Ryan has a good quarterback that is an excellent decision-maker,” Ridley said. “They are dominant along both the offensive and defensive lines, and have a couple players that are around 6-4 and weighing about 325 pounds.”

“They also have two very good running backs,” Ridley added. “This game will be a big challenge for us, because if we win our last two games we can stay in the playoff picture. With that being said, we have to go take care of business. We have a solid opponent to go and compete against this week, and we must be ready to play the entire game.”