POTTSBORO, TX -- I'd say there's a little bit of home field advantage at Jim Henderson Memorial Stadium as the Pottsboro Cardinals are 16-1 there since 2011. They'll look to make that 17-1 Friday night.
"It's huge. It gives us kind of an edge I think and I think it's going to be a fun game, it's going to be close and I think we're going to come out victorious," junior middle linebacker Patton Lyons said.
They've also won 21 straight district contests as they've won district titles in each of the last three years. That's all just part of being a Cardinal.
"It's just our program. We work hard and our saying is, 'we will win,' and that's what we do. We live by it," senior center Karson Heady added.
When re-alignment set them up in district 5-3A Division I, experts around the state called it the "district of doom." Pottsboro head coach Matt Poe agrees with that title.
"I do. I actually do. You better play every Friday night, I mean there's some really good teams in our district and if you have an off night it could be trouble for you," Poe said.
Their toughest test will come against Pilot Point, a state ranked team with an undefeated record. Beating them will be no easy feat.
"We're going to have to play really well. You know, they're a good football team both offensively and defensively. We're going to have to play mistake free football and do what we do and execute very well. We've got to tackle really well on defense because they've got some guys that run extremely well," Poe added.
The Cards have already locked up a playoff berth, but a win Friday will clinch their fourth straight district title, meaning the seniors will have put four pieces of hardware in the PHS trophy case.
"My brother was a senior when I was a freshman and he started it. It'd be awesome to keep the tradition going, keep it alive," Heady concluded.