Only three games remain on the regular schedule for the Port Allen football team, but the season is far from over.
Head coach Don Gibson is enforcing that philosophy for the Pelicans (1-6, 1-2) as they head into Week 8 action against visiting East Feliciana in District 8-2 A action.
Kickoff at Guy Otwell Field is 7 p.m.
The Pelicans await EFHS (2-5, 2-1)after a 34-13 loss Oct. 11 at Episcopal High School. The Tigers head into the fray on the heels of a 36-0 rout over The Church Academy (0-7).
Even with a record under .500, wins over East Feliciana, Capitol and The Church Academy could give Port Allen a chance to squeeze into the Class 2A non-select playoffs.
It's not impossible, Gibson said.
"We have a good challenge ahead of us on Friday, but East Feliciana is similar to us, so it's all going to come down to how we execute and take care of the football," he said. "On top of that, we can't afford to give up the big plays the way we did against Episcopal."
Much of the outcome will rely on physicality as technique, an area in which PAHS fell short against Episcopal, Gibson said.
"We need to match our opponents in physicality," he said. "Episcopal overpowered us, and that made a huge difference in the game."
The return of two slot receivers -- Marcus Joseph and Lekelvin Battiste -- could make a difference for the Pelicans, but both remain uncertain for Friday as they mend injuries.
It's still up to the Pelicans to make the most of the opportunities that remain, Gibson said.
"We need to take one game at a time and remember that all three games are winnable," he said. "We need to make sure not to beat ourselves."
Key players for the Tigers include Caleb Anderson, wide receiver Richard Davis, defensive tackle Javontae Barnes and defensive back Nathan Sullivan.
EFHS defeated Port Allen 34-14 in last year's meeting.