With one game left to play, everything is on the line for Resurrection Christian School.
The Cougars are 4-4 on the season and desperately need a win tonight against Highland.
Sixteen teams make the 1A playoffs; currently there are 15 teams in the division that have more wins than RCS. Another eight have the same number of wins.
Needless to say, a lot has to go right for the Cougars to enter the postseason. Coach Rich Yonker says that his division usually sends at least three teams, sometimes four to the playoffs. His team is currently fourth.
“You want to finish strong and you have an opportunity to go out and win your last game,” Yonker said. “We just have to focus on Highland.”
Highland comes into the game with a 1-7 record in Alan Overton’s first season as head coach. For him, the record isn’t so much of an indicator of how the season goes. More important is the growth his players show as they learn how to win.
In that respect, he is pleased with the progress. Overton is building from the inside out, solidifying the offensive and defensive lines.
Highland starts two sophomores, two juniors and a senior on the lines. Overton said that he has seen steady growth from the group and that he hopes and expects that will lead to some special times down the road.
For now, a win against another school in the region to end the season would be big for momentum for the school.
“I think it would be huge for our program if we could get a win on our last game,” Overton said. “Our motto for the year has been to focus and to win our last game. It would definitely be a big win on our end if we could pull one out on Friday.”
While Highland is putting the pieces to a successful program together, RCS has been finding ways to win as injuries ravage the team.
The Cougars have fought through them to find a nice balance. Luke Mondt leads a dangerous passing game, completing 65 percent of his passes. And Dan McReery is averaging 100 yards per game on the ground.
RCS was tied with No. 4 and conference-leading Wray at halftime last week but saw its upset attempt sabotaged by turnovers in the third quarter. If they can clean that up, they may be able to get a needed win to keep playoff hopes alive.
“We’re doing some good things on offense, and we just need to be a little more consistent and not turn the ball over,” Yonker said.