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Quarterback Christian Kaopua, 2, and the Barbers Hill Eagles could capture a District 12-5A II crown if they win tonight at Port Neches-Groves.

Barbers Hill can clinch district championship

It has been a page turning season for Tom Westerberg at Barbers Hill.

The fourth year head football coach of the Eagles has seen his squad win seven straight games, move to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in District 12-5A II play and move closer to its first title under Westerberg.

A win at 7:30 tonight against host Port Neches-Groves (6-2, 4-1) would cement the district title and a No. 1 seed in the bi-district round.

To say a lot is at stake would be an understatement. 

“That’s the first part of it,” Westerberg said. “Now, what we talk about is a district championship because we want to host a playoff game. There’s a lot that could happen, but we are focusing on PN-G.”

Barbers Hill has not hosted a playoff game under Westerberg.

“PN-G is fighting for top seeding too,” Westerberg said. “They have done a good job and they are banged up a little bit. But the guys who are stepping in are stepping up and playing good. They are going to be pretty sound and not try to make a whole lot of mistakes.”

Barbers Hill rolls into the game after another fast start led it to a 28-7 home win over Crosby. It continued a trend of really strong starts to take big leads only to slow down offensively and cruise to wins.

“We have gotten off to some good starts at games, but we have to eliminate our lull through the middle of it,” Westerberg said. “A lot of it has to do with the flow of the game and game conditions. We have tended to make a couple of mistakes .. and get behind the chains a couple of times. That’s been a part of it. 

“We try to score every series, but it doesn’t happen. If I knew why we weren’t scoring, we would be scoring.”

Senior linebacker Cavin Branin has been pleased with the continued excellence on the defensive side of the ball, allowing 28 points in five district games.

“We get up big and we keep on hitting and hope to maintain this and keep on punching them in the mouth,” Branin said. “They don’t score, we did our job. We get more comfortable ... you know you are up and the game slows up a whole lot more.

“This year the defense has come together and bonded more. We are close.”

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