All good things must come to an end.
All good things must come to an end. For Healdton coach Mark Barrett, his reign at the helm of the Bulldogs football program is approaching its final hours. But before he walks off into the sunset, he’s hoping for one last win out of his team. At 7 p.m. Friday night at Noble Stadium in Ardmore, the Bulldogs will play their last regular season game of the year against the Rush Springs Redskins. There is still a slim possibility the Bulldogs could make the postseason if certain things happen Friday night. The first would be the Bulldogs would have to defeat Rush Springs by more than 15 points, which would move them to -19 in the district point total. Next, the Walters Blue Devils would have to earn their first win of the season against Elmore City-Pernell by at least 13 or more points. Then, and only then would the Bulldogs have a chance of making the playoffs. Regardless of leaving things to chance, coach Barrett is hoping to finish this phase of his career on a high note Friday night. “We need to end the season on a high note Friday night,” Barrett said. “There’s been about four games this season I felt we should have won. Mathematically we still have a shot at the playoffs, and with that we’ll just have to let the chips fall where they may. I’d love to end my career at Healdton with a win, but more importantly I want it for these kids who have worked so hard all season.” “Rush Springs is a team that is pretty good at running the football,” Barrett added. “If we play sound defense then we have a chance to with this thing. But, at the same time we’re going to have to put more points on the scoreboard than we have all season, so we have to stop shooting ourselves in the foot and killing our drives.” Healdton has managed to put up 12 points twice this season, while putting up 14 in its district opener against Apache. The Bulldogs have tripled their win total from a year ago after being forced to forfeit their season halfway through the year due to low numbers. Rush Springs meanwhile currently sits at 5-4 overall and 2-3 in district play, and is coming off the heels of a 26-0 victory over Walters last week. The Redskins could also benefit from a Badgers loss, as they would leap frog them for the final playoff spot should they win and ECP lose.