The East Tartans are only one game away from an undefeated season. They have already locked in their spot in the playoffs, but beating the Notre Dame would guarantee that the Tartans start post season games at home.
East Coach James Gifford credited his talented team for the great season the Tartans have had. Gifford explained that senior leadership has been a major driving force.
“We got a lot of great juniors and seniors,” Gifford commented.
He went on to explain that the junior classmen have also been very dedicates and worked hard to see the Tartans rise to the very top.
“It’s a very goal-oriented team,” the coach added.
The Tartans started the season with a list of things they would like to achieve, and at no point in the season have they lost sight of these aspirations. The upcoming game against Notre Dame is not expected to be any different. The Tartans plan to go out and win, finish the season without being beaten and start post season in their favor.
Gifford stated that those coming out for the last regular game of the season can expect to see some Tartan football.
“We’ve dedicated this season to play Tartan football,” Gifford explained. “Tartan football means we go out and prepare for every game as if we are going up against a tough team no matter who we’re facing.”
Of course, East pays attention to their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses, but all competitors are considered fierce rivals.
The Tartans work harder to get better every game and every season. This is not their first trip to the playoffs, but reaching postseason only brings their goals for the season in sight.
“They’re happy to be going, of course. Last year, they were excited to be part of it. This year they want to go in undefeated and win the SOC out right,” Gifford commented.
Notre Dame my not have the record of the Tartans, but they are not a team to dismiss either. The Notre Dame Titans will go into the game with a 7-2, 4-1 record. They have shutout Manchester, Northwest, and Fayetteville-Perry and scored a total of 359 points. The two games Notre Dame lost were to Southern and Oak Hill. Four weeks later following the Notre Dame-Oak Hill game, East beat Oak Hill 27-26.
The East Tartans and the Notre Dame Titans will face off at 7 p.m. Saturday at Notre Dame High School.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1924