The phrase “must-win situation” can be one of the most overused sports clichés.
But it accurately describes the scenario for Livingston Parish teams Live Oak and Walker in District 4-5A.
Both schools need wins in Thursday games to help keep their playoff chances afloat.
“At this point in the season, a win is a win,” Live Oak coach Tut Musemeche said. “And we could definitely use one now. We’re coming off two extremely close games.
“One game, we had a chance to win at the end, and we didn’t. The other, we had a chance to put (the game) away, and we didn’t. Being in close games is part of improving. You have to be able to bounce right back when you don’t win.”
In other Thursday games, Live Oak (2-3, 0-2) travels to Broadmoor (3-2, 1-1), while Walker (2-3, 0-1) hosts Scotlandville (3-1, 1-1). Catholic-Pointe Coupee (3-2) also opens play in District 5-1A. The Hornets travel to Eunice to take on St. Edmund (3-2).
All games start at 7 p.m.
After getting shut out by Broadmoor in Week 4, Walker bounced back to notch a 28-17 victory over Class 3A Loranger last week. The Wildcats got a game-clinching score a week ago. WHS coach Dwayne Severio knows repeating that feat against Scotlandville won’t be easy.
“Last week we got some guys back who were injured and did some good things,” Severio said. “(Walker quarterback) Tyler (Lockhart) played his second game since being injured and looked sharper. We expect him to be even better this week.
“What we have to do against Scotlandville is no secret. We need to run the ball and hold onto it as much as we can. On defense, we have to keep everything in front of us, and make them earn every yard they get.”
Walker is the only team in the 4-5A Thursday foursome that won last week. Broadmoor is led by running back David Siggers, who has had three 100-yard rushing games this season.
Live Oak will start seven sophomores Thursday night because of injuries.
CATHOLIC-POINTE COUPEE AT ST. EDMUND: CHSPC begins a crucial stretch that features 5-1A games with preseason league favorites St. Edmund, parish rival Pointe Coupee Central and Sacred Heart-Ville Platte.
Quarterback Jonas Guichet leads the Hornets with 1,050 passing yards and 6 touchdowns. Andrew Jarreau has 233 receiving yards.