BECKVILLE — By picking up wins in two of their last three games, the Beckville Bearcats are sitting in the driver’s seat.
They control their own destiny and will have a big say in how they finish the year.
But they have to keep on doing what they’ve been doing as they play host to the Harleton Wildcats Friday in a 7:30 p.m. game at Beauchamp Stadium.
The visitors come with a 4-2 record and a 1-1 mark in District 11-2A action, while the Bearcats are 2-3 and 1-0.
“We feel good and ready to get back out there,” Beckville Head Coach Cody Ross said. “It’s a short week for us (played on Saturday), so we were a little sluggish Monday in practice. But we feel if we can play well, we cane take care of business.
“They’re going to come ready, so we have to be ready to fight. We told the kids if we’re going to be a championship program, last week’s win can’t be a fluke. We have to play good and and play that way every time out.”
Friday night, they’ll also have to contend with Hunter Wallace.
“We’ll have to take care of him on both sides of the ball,” Ross said. “He’s their tailback. He’s a downhill runner with a lot of speed and he stays low. It’s going to take more than one guy to bring him down, so we have to be sure with our tackling.
“On defense he’s primarily their Mike (middle) linebacker, but they roll him back like a free safety some of the time. The big thing is the try to keep everyone off of him and just let him freelance. He goes all over the field making tackles.”
Quarterback Ryan Harris is leading the Bearcats offensively, both running and throwing the ball.
Milo Morrrison helps share part of the ground game with Harris, and Evan Allens share some of the passing game when he’s not catching throws from Harris. Landon Dixon is also a top receiver.
“We have to stay on schedule, we can’t get behind the chains,” Ross said. “We need to build on the things we’ve been doing and doing the things we do well.
“Defensively we need to focus on our responsibilities. We need to go out and be physical. They just want to go three yards at a time and keep moving the ball. Our job is to get their offense off the field and give our guys a chance to do something with it.”
The Bearcats are a two-point underdog according to the Harris Rating System.