Having won two out of their last three games the Elmore City Badgers have some confidence going into Friday’s tussle with No. 10 Coalgate.

Elmore has played well on defense nearly all season but have struggled offensively to put points on the board.

“Defensively we played great, really stepped up against Quinton holding them to six points,” head coach Jody Milligan said about last week’s win.

“Our offense struggled, but we did score seven points and that’s one more point that Quinton.”

Now the task at hand is highly rated Coalgate.

The Badgers still have a shot to reach the playoffs with a win next week against Wewoka, but a good showing or a win against the Wildcats could boost this team’s confidence even more.

Daniel Stingley leads the Wildcat offense with over 1,800 yards through the air and 22 passing touchdowns. His favorite target is James Coulter who has 700 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.

“The Stingley kid is one of the best quarterbacks in the state,” Milligan said. “He threw for over 2,000 yards last year and is well on his way to that again this year.”

Kyle Stowe leads a tough Coalgate defense with 88 tackles.

The Wildcats have given up an average of 13 points per game in district action, but a majority of the defensive points came against Wynnewood.

For an offense that has struggled, the Badgers have their work cut out for them Friday night.

“We have to establish our running game against them,” Milligan said. “We have a few tricks up our sleeve to help us move the ball.”

The Wildcats are rated in everyone’s top 10 and are needing wins in district action to have a chance at winning the title. A double overtime loss to Wynnewood put Coalgate in the third place position in district A-8 behind Wynnewood and Stratford.

“Coalgate is a good ball club and we’re excited about facing them,” Milligan said.

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