Springstead starting quarterback Brian Beeker, who was injured in the Eagles' 17-7 loss to Gainesville on Friday, will practice this week according to Springstead head coach Bill Vonada and be ready to play Friday in the Eagles' crucial district game at Central.
Beeker had trouble throwing after getting hit in the Gainesville loss and didn't return. Vonada said Beeker will practice with the team today and resume throwing on Tuesday.
Springstead can clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2005 with a win over county rival Central coupled with a Gainesville victory over Lake Weir.
Even if the Eagles lose Friday night, they're not necessarily eliminated from the postseason. It's possible that all five teams behind district champion Gainesville could finish the season with a 2-3 district record, giving every team in the district a shot at making the playoffs.
"By winning, we could eliminate a lot of the (tiebreaker scenarios)," Vonada said. "That's what we've got to worry about. We've got to take care of business."
Beeker has completed 35-of-78 passes this season for 535 yards and six touchdowns. On the ground, Beeker is the Eagles' leading rusher, carrying for 900 yards and six touchdowns.