When Mansfield Timberview and Mansfield Summit square off on Friday night, records can be thrown out the window.
Summit enters the game with a 2-4 mark in district competition, while Timberview is 4-2 and looking to solidify its hold on the third playoff spot.
Timberview coach James Brown said that he has been impressed with the way that the Jaguars have been playing as of late and said he feels quite certain that the game between the two Mansfield schools will be a good one.
“Summit is very well coached,” Brown said. “Coach (Channon) Hall has done a great job in preparing them to play. They play with a lot of energy and really play physical. This game will be as physical a game as we have had in district play.”
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Brown said that he is pleased with the level at which is team is performing as the playoffs get set to get underway, but added that he did not want his team to get ahead of itself.
“We feel good, but we still have to get in,” Brown said. “The playoff race will head down to the last week in this district. We are playing as good a football as we have all year. We just need to stay consistent and play our way into the playoffs.”
Summit’s Hall said he is pretty sure that his team will have its hands full with the Wolves and said that he, too, anticipates a very physical affair when Summit and Timberview take the field.
“I think that Timberview has one of the best defenses around,” Hall said. “I believe on offense, the quarterback (Zeke Kuyawa) is getting better each week and they have a lot of team speed. It should be a great game.”
Summit will not make the playoffs this season, but Hall said that he is pleased with the way his team has stepped up late in the year to make a push toward the postseason.
“I feel like we are getting better each week,” Hall said. “We have been close all year, and we just have to continue to play with great effort and consistency.”
The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Vernon Newsom Stadium.