Things are going pretty well for the Minden High Crimson Tide.

The Tide hasn’t lost since their road trip to Haughton nearly a month ago. Since that time they have rattled off impressive district wins over Woodlawn, Fair Park and Loyola.

All of that is good and well, but the stakes get even bigger this week as Minden takes on North Desoto.

The Griffins are 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in district 1-4A. North Desoto is playing well right now and have the Tide at home. Meanwhile, Minden needs to win in order to stay at the top of the district standings and put itself in prime playoff position.

“Every game is big,” head coach Spencer Heard said. “This is the biggest game we’ve played this season because it’s the next game. North Desoto has really become a great program over the last five or six years.”

Last season, North Desoto blew out Minden 56-3, the Tide’s worst loss of the year. This year, things should be different with a high-powered running attack that can chew up the game clock and a defense that refuses to allow opponents into the endzone, especially after halftime.

“This will be the toughest test we’ve had all season against the run,” Heard said. “They run a lot of misdirection and a little bit of the veer. They fire off the ball hard up front. I feel like the offense gave us a good look at how they’re going to attack at practice and I think our defense is up to the challenge.”

Both teams are ranked in the top ten of this week’s class 4A power ratings with Minden at ten and North Desoto at number eight.

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