The Bruceville-Eddy Eagles haven't played football this close to Thanksgiving since 1985.
"We've gotten a lot of support from the community and it means a lot to [the players]," said head coach J.B. Chaney.
The Eagles owned the longest playoff drought in 3A football and the sixth longest in the state until two weeks ago when a win over New Waverly punched their ticket.
Now, Chaney's team has Rice (6-4) on a Thursday night game (Nov 16).
"Home or away isn't that big of a difference. The main change is that we're kicking off at 7 instead of 7:30. Everything gets moved up," said Eagles player Connor Tolbert.
High School leaders even held a community pep rally outside the school Wednesday night. In attendance, members of that 1985 playoff team and their coach. Two of the men even have sons that play on this roster.
All across Bruceville, businesses have signs hanging commemorating this run, but coach Chaney is telling his team not to be complacent.
"Making the playoffs is only a step, not the goal. We want to make a run at the whole thing."
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