The Mansfield football team took one step closer to clinching a playoff spot on Friday night, defeating Grand Prairie 45-14 on Friday night to improve to 4-1 in the District 7-5A standings and 5-3 on the season.The victory was critical for the Tigers, as Mansfield faces its toughest two-game stint of the season, beginning with Cedar Hill at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Newsom Stadium. The Tigers close out the season against DeSoto on Nov. 7.“They are going to come out fired up,” coach Jeff Hulme said of Cedar Hill. “Their coach does a great job with those kids. They are very athletic and very fast, but I think what he does is that he gets them to play very hard. Teams can be athletic and fast, but sometimes they don't play hard or are undisciplined.“Cedar Hill does a great job of playing hard. It's going to be a tough game, and we're going to stick to the game plan we've tried to use each time we've played them, and that is basically to keep their offense of the field, eat up a lot of clock and not give them anything with turnovers.”Hulme said that he was very impressed with his team's effort against Grand Prairie on Friday and said he thought his team performed well in every aspect of the game, once the players were able to settle down.“I was very pleased,” Hulme said. “Any time you get a win is good, especially in our district. I thought the first six or seven minutes were a little hairy, just because we did some uncharacteristic things and gave them some chances, like roughing the punter and then dropping a punt.“Then they got an onside kick, but our kids stayed calm, nobody panicked, and it was one of those things where we realized we had to get after it and get back to the game plan and everything will work out, and that is exactly what happened.”Hulme has talked about the parity in District 7-5A since the beginning of the season and said the fact that there are still six teams in the playoff hunt definitely reinforces that.“I think it very well may come down to the very last game, just because of all the teams that still have a chance for the playoffs,” Hulme said. “There are a lot of different scenarios out there with the point systems and this and that, where most of the teams are in the hunt.“We have to bring our A-game each and every week. We have two tough games coming up these next two weeks, so we have to hope we play well, but we also have to hope that some other teams play well also.”• Over at Timberview, the Wolves squared off with Cedar Hill last week and lost 44-6 to move to 3-2 in the district standings.Myron Gailliard scored on a 14-yard run in the second quarter for the Wolves.Timberview will play at Midlothian at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.