Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 | 11:53 p.m.
Six weeks ago Canyon Springs and Basic ended their game in a sideline-clearing brawl that ended in both teams receiving a double-forfeit as well as a forfeit loss in their games the following week.
The Pioneers and Wolves will have a chance to redeem themselves, this time in the playoffs.
Canyon Springs easily dispatched winless Rancho 55-0 Thursday night to clinch the top seed in the Northeast League.
Diamonte Burton caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Kayjon Edwards and ran it in from 82 yards to lead the Pioneers, who will host Basic at 7 p.m. next Friday.
“It’s not necessarily redemption,” Canyon Springs coach Gus McNair said. “We need to come out and execute and play the way we can. We made a lot of mistakes in that first game, and I think we can play a lot better football and, more importantly, make better decisions.”
The Pioneers beat Basic 20-15 in a game with more than 300 yards in penalties and multiple player ejections, but the score was ultimately erased after the post-game fight.
McNair said he will talk to his players about corralling their emotions prior to the rematch with Basic.
“We are going to keep our cool,” McNair said. “There will be high emotion and everyone will be on pins and needles because they’re waiting for something to happen, but I am going to make sure that we are respectful and play the game the way it's supposed to be played. We are going to come out and play the way we need to, to get the win.”