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Football in many ways in like Russian Roulette, there’s always a chance you could win something or lose it all.
With the playoffs on the horizon, week 10 provides coaches with a precarious position as far as resting players, or sending them out on the field to maintain game shape.
For the Empire Bulldogs this week, there’s plenty of chance on both sides of the coin.
With a win against Bray-Doyle, EHS will secure the third playoff spot in district A-4. However, a loss will send the Bulldogs to the fourth slot in the district.
“There’s not much risk as far as the actual game is concerned for us,” Empire coach Tony Roberts said. “Our main concern is going over to Bray and taking care of our business. As long as we play our game and not get involved in any funny business in the pile, we should be just fine.”
Another team with plenty to play for this week is the Velma-Alma Comets, who will be at home to the Healdton Bulldogs.
V-A is in the drivers seat to host the first round of the playoffs, and can cement that status with a victory. But, should the boys in maroon fall, it will set up a very unpredictable scenario for the other playoff teams.
“We want our kids to play all out all the time,” V-A coach Greg Gothard said. “Very few injuries have occurred when you are going at full speed on the field. We’ll just see how everything goes for us. I haven’t looked far enough into the game plan as far as resting anyone.”
However, for teams like the Comanche Indians and the Central High Bronchos, it’s either all or nothing when it comes to week 10.
With wins, the Indians and the Bronchos will increase their chances of making the playoffs, forcing them both to put it all on the line in order to obtain the goal of the postseason.
“You can’t hold anything back in a game like this,” Central High coach Darren Lamar said. “This is a playoff game when you get right down to it. If there’s an opportunity to try something, then you have to do it depending on how the game is going. There is no tomorrow, and you want to make sure you did everything possible when that horn sounds.”
And as far as resting any players?
“Maybe if we are up by 30 points in the fourth quarter, we’ll consider it,” Lamar said. “Other than something like that, everyone is going to go full speed during the game. You have to leave everything out on the field.”