There are a myriad of reasons why the West Rusk High School Raiders football program is riding high right now, with an 11-0 record – there’s a heavyweight boxer quality to this team that feels like every team that steps onto the field with them will be an early knockout victim.

The Raiders, fresh off a first-round beat-down of Hooks, now shifts their sights to New Waverly (9-2), a 7 p.m. start at Driskell Stadium in Crockett.

Tickets are $5 at the gate, and district passes are accepted.

Obviously, the season ends for the loser. The winners will move on to round three of the UIL Class 3A, Division II playoffs to meet either Daingerfield (9-2) or Elysian Fields (9-2).

First, though, it’s New Waverly, coached by Dean Schaub. The Bulldogs might present a danger that West Rusk hasn’t seen since earlier this season. New Waverly has won five straight games, including outlasting Hughes Springs in a 64-44 shootout last week.

The Bulldogs aren’t West Rusk when it comes to scoring – few programs are – but they are averaging 36 points a game, and they’re only giving up on average about 19 a game.

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