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Ever since Nazareth was defeated by Happy in their district opener, one of the main goals was to get another shot at them.  

“Ever since district we’ve been talking about that game and we are excited to get the opportunity to play those guys again,” Nazareth head coach Tyler Goodwin told the Herald. 

That game is a reality now after handedly defeating Springlake-Earth 62-28 in the area playoff round Friday night. 

“It has been something we’ve expected of these guys since August. The expectation around here is to win and take care of business,” Goodwin said following the win. “I’m fortunate to be around a group of kids that work their tail off and a gold ball is what you get from that. 

Nazareth took down a very good Springlake-Earth team that was one of the top ranked teams in the state coming into the matchup. 

“That is a very good Springlake team, very athletic,” Goodwin said. “I was nervous coming into the game on whether were going to contain four (Jerry Gallegos of Springlake-Earth), but we did a really good job of that and were able to come out with the win.” 

Nazareth controlled the tempo all game with their physical run game. Springlake-Earth could not stop the big play as they gave up multiple 50-yard house calls in the second half.  

With the win, Nazareth is moving on to the area round for a rematch against Happy. Happy got the better of them the first time around in a 40-6 victory. This game will be a Black Friday treat as they are set to play Nov. 25, 6 p.m. at Tulia. 

For Springlake-Earth, their season came to an end Friday. They finished with a 7-5 record overall. They won the district 3-1A championship after sweeping district play and secured a bi-district championship with a win over Spur.  

Ma'Rico Holland

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