LENORAH — Things are already tough for Grady as the bi-district round of the UIL state football playoffs begin.
The 10-0 Ira Bulldogs will aim to end the Wildcats' playoff run immediately at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium here in Big Spring.
Sounds like a tall order for the Wildcats to knock off a team that hasn't lost all season, but head coach Brad Cox isn't rattled by the thought of facing an undefeated team to start the playoffs.
He and the Wildcats are excited and, honestly, accustomed to having to beat the odds.
“Yeah we are the underdogs. We've been the underdog in most of our games this year, surprisingly,” Cox said. “I guess we're kind of used to it. I think we've talked about gaining a little bit of respect all year. We probably haven't done that yet, because we're always picked to lose by most people.
“We definitely think we have a good team, so we want to show that everybody.”
The Wildcats (8-2, 3-1 in six-man District 5 play) got the win they needed to set themselves up for a playoff spot when they beat Sands 48-30 in Week 8.