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Deer Park wants to use season finale as a chance to play spoiler

November 9, 2018

A playoff berth eluded Deer Park’s grasp, but maybe playing spoiler won’t.

Deer Park will attempt to apply some sorely-needed ointment to a rough 2018 campaign when the Deer have the chance to keep an opponent from going to the Class 6A state playoffs.

With the chance to keep Beaumont United home for the playoffs, Deer Park will entertain the new school at Clyde Abshier Stadium in a 7 p.m. regular season-ending kickoff Friday night.

Deer Park will be absent from the state playoffs for only the second time in the last 20 years, so the Deer needs to do something of a positive nature before the curtain comes down for the final time.

Let’s call it Deer Park’s playoff game. Head coach Austin Flynn’s club could be getting lots of Christmas cards from Channelview should the Deer bump off Beaumont United.

Because United defeated Channelview, all it has to do is motor down Center Street, defeat Deer Park and they’re going to the state playoffs in their very first year of existence.

Channelview closes with North Shore Friday night. We pretty much know how that game is going to turn out. So that just begs the question, can Deer Park play spoiler, defeat the Timberwolves and send Channelview to the state playoffs?

“We’re going to prepare to win a football game just like any other week. There’s still lots to play for in my opinion,” Flynn said Thursday afternoon.

There’s obviously things Deer Park can find and expose in the way the T-wolves do things. After all, struggling La Porte beat United two weeks ago. Granted, it took an overtime session to do it, but if the Bulldogs found success against the T-wolves then Deer Park can to.

Xavier Vaughn is the probable starting quarterback, while Zachary Vaughn will likely be one of his favorite targets in the aerial attack.

On special teams, Robert Thibodeaux is a threat to return punts a good distance, while David Azua is expected to be the team’s punter.

Flynn mentioned that there’s plenty still to play for and one of those reasons will be the seniors on the roster.

“It’s your last game for your seniors. You want to send your seniors out the right way. It’s the last game at Abshier for those guys. That’s been kind of my focus,” Flynn said.

ravery@hcnonline.com

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