Coming off a loss to open district play is hard enough.
It’s a double whammy when you have to follow up with a short week before your second district game.
This is the case this week for the Wilson Eagles.
At 7:30 p.m. Thursday night, the Eagles will return home to Skinny Stewart Stadium to take on the Central High Bronchos.
Last week Wilson (4-1, 0-1) suffered its first loss of the season in a high-scoring contest against Waurika, losing 62-34 at Cy Sloan Memorial Stadium.
Meanwhile the Bronchos (2-3, 1-0) opened district play with a 50-0 victory over the Bray-Doyle Donkeys at Broncho Stadium.
“Short weeks are always difficult to navigate,” Wilson coach Kenny Ridley said. “We mainly try to invest more time in mental preparation and limit the amount of time we work on implementing new schemes and techniques.”
“Central High is coming off back-to-back wins where they’ve scored 50 plus points,” Ridley added. “They have very good size and a couple of dynamic skill kids. We have to have a short memory after last week’s tough loss, and we need to execute in all three phases of the game if we’re going to be successful this week.”
A victory for the Eagles would help their chase for the playoffs, as they currently sit tied for the fourth and final playoff spot with Bray-Doyle and Ryan at 0-1 with -15 district points.
Central High meanwhile is tied for the district lead with Waurika and Empire at 1-0 with 15 district points.
Last year when these two teams met at Broncho Stadium, it was the Eagles who won 40-6.
Central High won in 2016 against Wilson by a score of 46-28.