LINDEN — The Boles Hornets are 1-8 and winless in the district, but the Linden-Kildare Tigers will treat them as a playoff opponent Friday.
The Tigers (7-2, 2-2) season finale in Quinlan can be heard on KPYN.net and the Freed AM Sports app at 7:30 p.m. with Marlon Sullivan and Pat Roberson on the call.
“We talked about that really in-depth this morning and I used the term ‘trap game’ and gave them my definition of what a trap game is,” Tigers head football coach Derek Simmons said on the “Coaches Show” Monday. “It can be a game in between two big games against somebody that may not be as good. Obviously their record is not, but they are better than a 1-8 football team.”
The Hornets feature speed with senior running back Josiah Wilson leading the way.
“They’re going to do some things that scare you a little bit,” said Simmons. “They are a slot team with a lot of speed and misdirection. And it’s one of those deals where all it takes is for one guy to be out of position.
“[Wilson] is back. He’s a good football player. He runs hard. You just hope that their minds are where they need to be moving forward.”
Because Linden-Kildare wants to bring momentum with them into the postseason, they regarding the Hornets’ sting as formidable.
Said Simmons: “It’s almost like you want to treat it like a playoff game. It’s a long road trip and one that you feel like you should be able to win and get that moving forward into that 11th game.”
Gridiron and paper must agree
For Linden-Kildare to finish as the 2A-1 Region III District 9 runner-up, they will need to knock off Boles along with Rivercrest taking care of Wolfe City. The Honey Grove and James Bowie match-up will have no bearing on the Tigers’ postseason seeding.
“You finish with a tie with any of those, based on our district tiebreakers, we’ll be the second place team,” Simmons said.
Catch the pregame at 6:30 p.m. on KPYN.net and the Freed AM Sports app. A replay can be heard Saturday mornings at 9:30 on KPYN 900 AM/95.5 FM.