The 8th ranked (Class A) Tug Valley Panthers hope earn an opening round playoff game at home, but standing in their way is the Van Bulldogs.
Tug Valley (7-2) will enter the contest without starting quarterback Preston May. May missed last week’s 22-21 loss at Man with an injury. Bryson Elia handled the quarterback duties last week and completed 9-of-15 for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns. Elia also carried the ball 27 times for 107 yards and 1 touchdown.
Elia will have some good targets to work with, including Cameron Slone, Buddy Marcum and Ashton Davis.
Adam Slone will join Elia in the backfield after rushing 6 times for 34 yards in the previous game.
Van (2-7) is coming off its second win of the season, beating Buffalo, 48-16, on Friday.
The Bulldogs have struggled this season, losing seven games by multiple scores.
The opening kick is set for 7:30 pm at Bob Brewer Stadium in Naugatuck.