POTTSBORO, Texas (KTEN)- It has been 18 years since the Howe Bulldogs won a basketball district title.

Tuesday will go a long way towards deciding whether that drought will end this year as they travel to Pottsboro.

The two teams are currently tied for first place in District 11-3a play with a 5-1 record.

And for Howe, it's a testament to the growth the program has had in the four seasons under head coach Jay Forsythe.

When he took over in 2020, Howe was coming off a season where the Bulldogs won single digit games.

Now, they have made the playoffs in back to back years.

And even though the stakes are high tomorrow, the Bulldogs couldn't be more excited for the opportunity.

"As a player, that's what you live for," Howe senior point guard Jacob Campbell said. "You live for the highly touted games where everyone's watching. That's where the real players shine. It's probably going to be a tight game. There are going to be a lot of emotions shown."

"It would be amazing to step in that leader seat for the city of Howe and the whole school district," Forsythe said. "The former coach that won that title 18 years ago is still around and he talked to the guys before and he was like, 'Let's make it happen.'"

Although, nothing will come easy for Howe against a Pottsboro team that beat them by 12 back in December.

This time, the Cardinals will get a home crowd backing them for a chance to take sole possession of first.

And Pottsboro knows how to play in big games like this as it looks for its second district title in a row. Last year's snapped a 35-year drought.

But even with that success fresh in the Cardinals' memory, they're still making sure to take it one game at a time.

"I think it's a good boost of confidence for our team," McCullough said. "I think Howe is probably the second best team in our district. I think that we beat them at their place, it's really big for us. Last year, it was really tough for us to win at their place because it's rough playing over there, but I think it's a boost of energy for our team."

Tip off for this one will be at 7:30 on Tuesday in Pottsboro.