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November 6, 2013

Warriors can sew up title with win

NORMAN — While other teams are spending Week 10 fighting for their playoff lives, there’s only one thing at stake for Washington this week: a district championship.

The Warriors (7-1, 5-0) will travel to Lindsay (6-2, 5-0) for the final game of the regular season. As the only two undefeated teams in District 2A-3, the winner will walk away as the district champion while the loser will finish second.

Washington figures to have the advantage going in. The Warriors have played the tougher schedule this season and had last week off due to a bye in the district schedule. The extra time has allowed the Warriors to prepare for the contest and, more importantly, rest their players. The result is a team healthier than ever, coach Brad Beller said.

“We got our legs and bodies healed up and we feel like we’re ready to go,” he said. “We have had a very productive week of conditioning last week and so far this week we’ve had a great week of practice.”

In Lindsay, the Warriors will face an athletic team that has a penchant for making big plays. For Washington to accomplish its season-long goal of winning the district title, the Warriors must eliminate the big play.

“They like to get their athletes the ball in space, and we have to be prepared for that,” Beller said. “We’ve got to take care of the football and maintain drives on third downs.”

If the Warriors can do that, they’ll take a six-game winning streak and a No. 1 seed into the postseason. It’s a goal that the Warriors aren’t shying away from.

“We’ve talked about that, as much as this is for the number one seed and district championship, you also want to carry momentum into the playoffs,” Beller said. “Most teams don’t lose Week 10 and make a deep run into the playoffs. It’s important for us to not just win, but to play well, no matter what happens.”

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