Lorena Leopards (6-3, 4-0) vs. Fairfield Eagles (7-2, 4-0)
Friday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
Leopard Field – Lorena, Texas
2014 – Fairfield 41 – Lorena 6
The District 7-4A DII title will be decided when Lorena entertains Fairfield this Friday. Both teams have posted perfect 4-0 marks in district play.
“To us in Lorena (a district championship), means a lot,” Eagles head coach Ray Biles told the Waco Trib. “Back in 2008, we were just happy to be in the dance. But from 2009 on, it’s the kind of culture we’ve developed here.”
Except for last week when Lorena slogged past Waco Connally 27-10, the Leopards won their first three district encounters by narrow margins. Lorena squeaked past Groesbeck 17-14, rallied to edge Rusk 36-35, and held off Mexia 14-7.
Fairfield, on the other hand, has cruised past its district opponents. After opening with a 49-35 win over Connally, the Eagles took down Groesbeck 31-8, rolled over Rusk 63-40, and mauled Mexia 33-7.
Lorena throws the ball sparingly, and last Friday’s heavy rainfall limited the Leopards to six completions in 13 attempts. Cole Baker went 1-for-5 for 15 yards, but Colby Reed nailed 4-of-7 for 130 yards including a 12-yard scoring toss to Brandon Williams. Jacob Spivey also tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Thor Hoffman from the Wildcat formation.
For the season, Baker paces the Leopard passing game with 51 completions in 106 attempts for 498 yards and two touchdowns. Reed follows with a 29-of-54 mark for 442 yards and three touchdowns.
In the running game, Hoffman, who gained 70 yards on 14 carries last week, leads the Leopards with 648 yards on 124 carries including 10 touchdowns. Spivey, who had a breakout against the Cadets last Friday with 165 yards on 18 carries, has tallied 584 yards on 88 carries and scored four times.
Like Lorena, Fairfield relied primarily on the run. Against Mexia last week, Haisan Myers threw 11 times with six completions for 123 yards and tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Cam Hicks. In 2015, Myers has passed for 1,369 yards with 76 completions in 141 attempts and 12 touchdowns.
The Eagles prefer to put the ball in hands of Texas A&M commit Charles Oliver. In the decision over the Blackcats, Oliver carries 20 times for 118 yards and a touchdown. For the season, Oliver has rushed 140 times for 1,561 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. Michael Hudson adds depth to the ground game and has totaled 844 yards on 101 carries with 10 touchdowns this year.