Cisco offense, Eastland defense clash for district on Friday


EASTLAND, Texas - For the fourth straight season a district title will be on the line when Cisco takes on Eastland Friday night.

The Loboes won those past three meetings, and have won seven straight against the Mavericks.

"There's always that pressure," Cisco senior Drew Dycus said. "We're also on something like a 38-game district win streak, so that's on the line, too. It's a lot of pressure, but we just need to show up and do our jobs."

However, Eastland has the attitude that this year can be different.

"I don't think it means a whole lot at all," Maverick senior linebacker Sam Barker said. "They've had talent and good coaching the past few years, but I think we've got them this year. I think the talent is pretty different this year.

"We're confident over here, and I hear they're not so confident over there. Confidence is key."

One of the biggest match-ups to watch on Friday will be Cisco's power-running game against Eastland's stout defense.

The Loboes feature three players with more than 500 rushing yards -- quarterback Cooper Witt, and running backs Stanley Callahan and Dathan Harding.

But, the Mavericks are holding teams to just 12 points a game. That average drops to 9 points per game if the 31-7 loss to state-ranked Wall is excluded.

"Everyone wants a piece of the pie. Everyone wants to be a part of the team," Eastland senior linebacker Morgan Barker said.

"Most of us are real physical," said Morgan's twin brother, Sam. "If everyone dos their job then it all contributes to one big, good defense. Everybody does their own little thing, and it makes a big turnout."

The Mavericks have allowed 21 points in their four district games -- all four easy wins.

"The Barker boys are physical," Cisco senior running back Leslie Edgar. "They've got a great nose guard, big guys. They fly around to the ball. We've just got to do a good job getting them down every play, and I think we'll be alright."

The 2017 edition of the Backyard Brawl kicks-off in Cisco at 7:30 Friday night.

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