Outlook: A win earns Gilbert a playoff berth and would also mean the Tigers carry a two-game winning streak to postseason, which would help their pysche.
That psyche was nearly crushed by a midseason five-game losing streak and a rash of injuries to the entire receiving corps at one time or another.
Gilbert won’t have leading receiver David Sepulveda, who is out for the rest of the year after breaking his ankle playing defense last week. The Tigers have managed to be effective throwing despite the injury bug and will need to outscore the opposition in shootouts the rest of the way — not the best option when it comes to postseason and the importance of defense.
Mesquite would like nothing better than to knock off the Tigers and prevent them from reaching the playoffs. The Wildcats’ most persevering player has been running back Luckas Scott. Scott, a junior, has rushed for 924 yards on 185 carries.
Mesquite at Gilbert
Address: 1101 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert
Records: Mesquite 3-6, 1-3; Gilbert 4-5, 1-3
Last year’s meeting: Gilbert 22, Mesquite 13