Borden County (14-0) vs. Jonesboro (13-1)
Round: Class 1A Division I state final
When/where: 11 a.m. Wednesday at AT&T Stadium
Playoff road: Jonesboro defeated Lometa 64-14, defeated Bryson 72-58, defeated May 57-50, defeated Tioga 83-56; Borden County defeated Sterling City 60-0, defeated Buena Vista 52-0, defeated Garden City 74-24, defeated Happy 70-38
Players to watch: Jonesboro: Wyatt Young, Ethan Lilljedahl; Borden County: Nick Proulx, Trace Richey
Breakdown: When asked what Jonesboro needs to do better on Wednesday in the Eagles’ state final rematch against Borden County, Jonesboro offensive coordinator Matt Dossey chuckled and answered, “Play better.” A year ago, in its first state title game, the Eagles fell to the Coyotes, 60-12.
“We have to take care of the football and block better than we did last year,” Dossey said. “On defense when we have the chance to make plays make them. Whenever you have two easily matched teams, which I hope we are, it’s going to come down to a few plays throughout the game. The team that makes those plays is going to have the best outcome in the end.”
Jonesboro enters Wednesday’s contest averaging 62.8 points per game. But that high-flying offense will clash with the best six-man defense in the state as Borden County is giving up only eight points per game. Only six teams have scored against the Coyotes this year.
Wyatt Young leads Jonesboro on both sides of the ball. Young has 2,501 yard and 44 touchdowns on the ground in addition to 176 tackles, seven interceptions and 51 total touchdowns scored. For Borden County, it’s Nick Proulx who leads the way offensively, as the running back has rushed for 1,971 yards and 41 touchdowns.