With their place in the history books already secured, one might think the Wilson Eagles would be in cruise control mode this week to end the regular season.
With their place in the history books already secured, one might think the Wilson Eagles would be in cruise control mode this week to end the regular season. However, that is anything but the case. At 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Skinny Stewart Stadium, the Eagles will finish off the regular season against the Bray-Doyle Donkeys. Wilson is already assured of the No. 2 seed in the playoffs out of district B-5 and will face either Snyder or Cyril in the opening round next week at home. The playoff game in Wilson will be the first time since 1992 the Eagles have hosted a round in the postseason. As for this Friday against the Donkeys, there is still plenty to work on according to Wilson coach Kenny Ridley. “We’ve got a lot of potential to improve, and I feel like we’re just now starting to put it all together at the right time,” Ridley said. “We have been very opportunistic lately and I’m hoping we can continue our positive trend when it comes to turnovers.” “Bray-Doyle is a power run team, and that’s been giving us some problems lately,” Ridley added. “Our focus this week is increasing our physicality with our front five, and hopefully put them in some long yardage situations if possible.” Defense hasn’t been much of a problem this season for the Eagles, who enter their regular season finale with an overall record of 7-1 and 3-1 in district play. Wilson has only given up more than 30 points once this season and that was against district champion Waurika on Oct. 11. Since the defeat on the road to their rivals, it’s been a smooth ride for Wilson as the Eagles have clamped down, holding all three opponents since to below 25 points each contest. Offensively, the Eagles have been on a torrid pace all season, having failed to score 30 or more points in just two games this season. Last week the Eagles rolled past the Ryan Cowboys on the road with a 68-22 victory, marking the fourth time Wilson had eclipsed the 50 point mark this year. As for the Donkeys, their season has been a far cry from a year ago, as they have struggled to a 2-7 overall record and a winless district record. Bray-Doyle has been shutout four times this season, while being held to just six points twice. Defense hasn’t been a strong suit either for the Donkeys as they have allowed 30 or more points seven times this year. Wilson will be looking for another solid game from senior quarterback Logan Schaaf, who has totaled 1,220 yards passing this season with 18 touchdowns on 52-of-84 passing. He’s also ran for 694 yards with nine touchdowns, which leads the team. His favorite target through the air has been Shane Honea, who leads the team with 28 catches on the season for 953 yards with 14 touchdowns. Honea has amassed a total of 1,466 all purposes yards on the year. Last year when these two teams met it was Bray-Doyle winning 62-28 on the road. Wilson’s last victory over the Donkeys came in 2017 by a score of 56-8.