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Champion hosts Mules Friday night

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    John Moreno (14) stretches for the pylon during Champion’s game with Lockhart. Moreno had a TD last week against Memorial for the Chargers who host Alamo Heights on Friday night. Star photo: Chris Tilton

Only two things are certain in District 14-5A II as area football teams enter the final week of the regular season.

Kerrville Tivy is this year’s district champ and Boerne Champion is second, after that it takes a degree from MIT to figure out the rest.

Four teams are fighting for the final two playoff spots and one of them, Alamo Heights, visits Boerne Friday to take on the Chargers at BISD Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Alamo Heights and Lockhart are both 3-3, Medina Valley is 4-2 and Uvalde is 2-4 and all four have a chance to get in. Two of them will and the other two will go straight into basketball.

The Mules are fighting for their playoff lives and so Friday’s game means a lot to them, while the Chargers have the No. 2 seed from 14-5A II locked up no matter the outcome of Friday’s game, but Champion coach Keith Kaiser said they’re going to approach the game like it’s make or break.

“We have Heights and we’re going to treat it like it’s the biggest game of the game, we want to play well leading into the playoffs,” he said. “We’re going all out, we’re going to treat it like a first-round opponent. Just because it’s Heights we don’t have to tell the kids anything, they’ll be motivated.”

Part of the reason for the approach by Kaiser and the rest of the coaching staff is because the starters haven’t played a full game since they tangled with Lockhart on Oct. 11.

After they defeated the Lions in Lockhart, the starters only played half a game in their next three – Kennedy, Uvalde and Memorial. Against Kennedy and Memorial, the starters were out by the half because the score was so lopsided.

Against Uvalde, the starters may have gone longer, but the contest was called at the half because bad weather hit the area.

“We’ve had some easier games here lately and I think it’s a good opportunity to lock in and start prepping for the playoffs,” Kaiser said.

Champion’s defense is riding a shutout streak that dates back to the fourth quarter of the Lockhart game. After shutting down the Lions in the fourth, Kennedy and Memorial didn’t score on the Chargers and neither did Uvalde in half a game. The shutout streak is 11 quarters riding into Friday.

During those 11 quarters, the Champion offense has outscored its four opponents during that stretch, 156-0.

The Mules are 3-6 overall (3-3 in district) and the Chargers are 5-1 in 14-5A II and 8-1 overall with their only loss coming by five points to Tivy with a hobbled quarterback and some questional calls by the officials.

NOTES: In the final week of the regular season in District 14-5A II, Champion hosts Alamo Heights, Uvalde visits Lockhart, Kerrville Tivy is at Medina Valley and Memorial and Kennedy square off in the “Salsa Bowl” . ... The Chargers host Leander Glenn on Friday, Nov. 15, in the first round of the 5A playoffs.