Beckville’s Ryan Harris (9) and Colter Klingler wrap up a Joaquin running back for little gain in last Friday night;s game. The Bearcats played good defense, but the offense let them down in a 27-10 loss.

Despite the ups and downs the Beckville Bearcats have gone through this season, there is still reason to believe that the best may be yet to come for the young team.

The only difference between them and some other teams is that they have to play their final regular season games like they were playoff games — win of go home.

They’ll start that trek Friday night on the road as they travel to Linden to play the Linden-Kildare Tigers in a 7:30 p.m. game.The Tigers, like the Bearcats and Tenaha, all have one win in District 11-2A Division I, with two games to play.

“We’ve been talking to them and it’s a two-step process to get into the playoffs,” said first-year coach Cody Ross. “Step No. 1 is to beat L-K. If we can do that, then we can go on top Step 2.

“If we beat L-K we feel like we’ll be playing Timpson for a playoff spot.

Despite the fact they are playing the Tigers on the road, Ross likes his chances at Tiger Stadium. That’s because they play on grass there.

“We’re 2-1 on grass fields this year and it’s liable to be wet because of the weather,” Ross said. “If we can play good defense, we can be in the game.

“No. 2 (LaDovion Jones) is their running back and they;re best player. If we can shut him down we have a real good chance of shutting them down as a team. We need another good effort like we had against Joaquin. we did a pretty good job against them. But we also did a good job of stopping ourselves a lot with fumbles, penalties and dropped passes. There are just a couple of things we need to get fixed.”

Ryan Harris leads the Bearcat offense at quarterback. He is the top rusher and passer and has been on the receiving end of a few as well. Milo Morrison also carries the ball and Carlos Campos, Landon Dixon and Abram Hairgrove are making most of the catches.

Colter Klingler leads the team in tackles wth 59 and Harris is second with 52.

The Bearcats are two point favorites according to the Harris Rating Service.