Elwood’s coming off a high-scoring 58-50 victory at Lapel in last week’s sectional opener, and Gast said he’s glad the Tigers had a chance to play the Panthers two weeks ago.
“That was a really hyped up game, there were a lot of people there and it got a lot of attention,” he said. “It was really good for us to play in a game like that because it was a sectional environment and a big-game atmosphere.”
Both teams walked away with regrets.
Kelly’s lone interception killed a scoring drive in the end zone, and another sure touchdown pass was dropped. Elwood fumbled twice — once on a promising drive deep in Alexandria territory and again on its end of the field to set up an Alexandria score.
Gast said neither team showed its full hand in the contest with the knowledge they could meet again in postseason play.
Now that day has come, and execution will be critical.
“That play or two, whoever makes it, could be the difference,” Gast said. “Because I think it’s going to be another close game.”