Warrensburg-Latham, Clinton fighting for playoff spots in Week 8 showdown

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Warrensburg-Latham's Diondre Lewis has settled into his role as running back after playing receiver last season. Warrensburg-Latham's Diondre Lewis has settled into his role as running back after playing receiver last season.

WARRENSBURG -- Scott Godfrey is on the verge of taking the Warrensburg-Latham Cardinals to the playoffs for the first time since they went 5-5 in 2008, but that might not be the most important mission he has. The fourth year head coach is out to change the culture in the community to one of pride and positive expectations.

He's got a young squad on his hands, one whose leaders are largely underclassemen like sophomore lineman AJ Speasl and sophomore defensive back/receiver William Kent, to go with the dynamic duo of twin juniors Dionte and Diondre Lewis (1,700-plus rushing yards combined this season).

The Cardinals sit at 4-3 with two games left to play, meaning they control their own destiny. Five wins might get them an at-large bid, but six would seal that streak-snapping berth for certain.

Clinton (3-4) is in a similar situation and will be equally motivated to throw its everything into the final two games of the season. Led by record-setting running back Alec Cooley (1,800-plus rushing yards in 2015, 500-plus this season) and the area's leading tackler in Dalton Whitted, the Maroons need to rattle off wins against Warrensburg-Latham and Meridian (0-7) to have a shot at an at-large bid. Clinton was in Warrensburg-Latham's exact shoes at this time last year, when the Maroons ended a playoff drought dating back to 2004.

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