Titus Swen (1) of Eaton has been an offensive workhorse for Eaton this season. Jeffery Washington Special to the Star-Telegram
Titus Swen (1) of Eaton has been an offensive workhorse for Eaton this season. Jeffery Washington Special to the Star-Telegram

Keller Citizen

First-ever feat for Eaton?

By Randy Sachs

Special to the Star-Telegram

October 31, 2016 12:36 PM

It comes down to the final regular-season game to determine whether Haslet Eaton will make the playoffs.

The Eagles will host White Settlement Brewer on Friday at 7 p.m. at Northwest ISD Stadium with a playoff berth on the line. The two teams are currently locked in fourth at 2-4 in District 6-5A with the spoils going to the victor.

Also in play is the chance that history will be made.

Eaton head coach Brad Turner said, to his knowledge, no first-year varsity program has ever made the playoffs.

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The showdown with Brewer is possible due to a 40-33 win over Saginaw. The Eagles trailed at halftime, 23-10 before mounting the rally for the win.

Eaton running back Titus Swen again carried the bulk of the offensive firepower, rushing 25 times for 224 yards and three scores.

“Running the ball is our strength,” Turner said. “When you have a guy like Titus, it’s a matter of getting him the ball whether you hand it to him, pitch it to him, whatever. It’s not rocket science.

“The offensive line is playing with confidence and it opens things up in the passing game,” Turner said.

“It’s awesome that we’re in this position and we want to be a playoff team. I don’t know if a first-ever varsity team has made the playoffs but we want to be that school. We’ve got a shot at it.”

When you have a guy like Titus, it’s a matter of getting him the ball whether you hand it to him, pitch it to him, whatever. It’s not rocket science.

- Eaton football coach Brad Turner on RB Titus Swen

Keller Fossil Ridge punched its playoff ticket with a 21-14 OT win over Weatherford.

The Panthers are in the postseason for a fourth straight year – a first in the school’s history, said Ridge head coach Tony Baccarini.

“They guys played great,” he said of the nail-biter with Weatherford. “We needed one to get in the playoffs, and we did it in amazing fashion. It was a wonderful victory for the team.”

The Panthers now prep for the “original rivalry” as they play Keller on Friday at Keller ISD Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Keller Timber Creek is also in the postseason as the fourth-place team.

The Falcons will have their shot at district leader Abilene as they host the Eagles on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Timber Creek, 3-2, is tied with Ridge in the standings but the Panthers have the head-to-head tiebreaker.

A win over Abilene would no doubt give untold momentum heading into the playoffs for Timber Creek.

“We focus and play whoever is in front of you,” Falcons head coach Kevin Golden said. “We wanted to win the game Friday (a 28-20 loss to Central) and get the No. 1 seed and dictate where we play (in the playoffs).”

Golden said several missed opportunities could have tilted the game for the Falcons.

“We need to get our offense clicking again,” Golden said. “The defense is getting better and has seen improvement.”

Having a good showing this week would help.

“This week and next, we’ll work on the team’s outlook and playoff mentality,” Golden said. “We need to see there’s opportunity there and they don’t come around every year.”

With the win last week, Keller Central sits in second place in the district and will close the regular season on Thursday against Haltom at the Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletic Complex.

Northwest, which faltered in its attempt to stop Aledo’s 67-game district win streak, will finish out the regular season on Friday at Azle.

The Texans will be a Division I entry into the playoffs, while Aledo will enter in Division II for District 6-5A.

Trophy Club Nelson can solidify its return trip to the playoffs in District 5-6A.

The Bobcats (3-3) will meet L.D. Bell (1-5) on Thursday at home.

With a win over Trinity and last week’s victory over Flower Mound Marcus, the Bobcats have the tiebreaker over those 3-3 teams which face each other this week.