Panthers making late push for playoffs

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BUCKEYE (KALB) -- It has been three long years since the Buckeye high school football team has made a playoff appearance. There was a point earlier this season where it seemed all but certain that drought would move to four years.

However, two wins in the last two weeks, including a surprise shutout over DeRidder in last Friday's rain-soaked affair, has given the Panthers a new hope as they head into this Friday's regular season finale with DeRidder.

With the latest Class 4A power rankings that came out on Monday, Buckeye finds itself ranked 33rd, which would put them just barely on the wrong side of the postseason bubble with the top 32 teams moving on to the postseason. A win this weekend on the road at Tioga would more than likely mean that the Panthers will still be playing football next week.

"If we win, we're definitely in, if we lose then it's going to be kind of on the borderline," said head coach Jonathan Landry. "As far as our mindset goes, it's the same as it was week one, we want to win this week."