Athens (2-6, 1-2) vs. Mineola (3-5, 0-3)
7:30 p.m. Friday
Athens 19, Mineola 6 (1955)
The Athens Hornets played last week’s road game against Mabank with their backs against a wall — needing a victory to stay in the District 15-3A playoff race.
So the Hornets — who beat Mabank, 31-7, for their first district win — will understand where the Mineola Yellowjackets are coming from when they travel to Bruce Field on Friday.
“Right now, they know their backs are way against the wall because to have any playoff hope, they’ve got to beat us,” Athens head coach Paul Essary said. “But we’ve only got one district win, and we need to have two to stay alive.”
Mineola fell to 0-3 in district with last week’s 42-0 loss to the Canton Eagles. The Yellowjackets will enter Friday having lost four straight games. All three of Mineola’s wins have come against Class 2A teams — Palestine Westwood, Winn-sboro and Quitman.
Essary said Mineola likes to run the ball — as does Athens. The Hornets racked up 306 rushing yards in last week’s win, with Daniel Salazar leading the way with 77 yards on 10 carries. Anthony Sanders ran for 73 yards and a score, Raheem Miller added 60 yards and Devin Hall tacked on 51 yards and a touchdown.