Things haven’t gone as the North Jackson football team hoped this season.
The Chiefs, a young team with four starters, have endured growing pains, depth issues and some just plain bad luck — three one-point losses and four by a combined eight points — along the way.
Now North Jackson returns home to start a two-game homestand to finish its season. The goal, send its four seniors out on a strong note and create some momentum for a 2020 season in which nearly the entire team is eligible to return.
“The kids have just kept working all season, still having fun, still doing what we need to do,” said North Jackson head coach Chandler Tygard.
North Jackson (1-7, 1-5) starts that homestand tonight against Randolph in the Class 4A Region 7 finale for both teams. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at R.D. Hicks Stadium. It was originally scheduled for Friday but was moved to Thursday because of the threat of inclement weather.
It’s the sixth all-time meeting between the teams in a series North Jackson leads 4-1.
Randolph (2-6, 2-4) enters the game on a four-game losing streak, including a 42-20 loss to Fairview last week.
Tygard said the Raiders use a diverse offense that includes formations from the Flexbone, the I and the spread.
“They’ll line up (in all of those formations) during the same (possession),” he said. “They use the same kids in all of them. We’ve got get lined up and adjust.
“Offensively, we’ve been scoring on people. We’ve got to get some defensive stops. We’ve just been running out of gas, getting worn down (because of depth). We’ve got to get some stops.”