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It has been a long non-division schedule for both Ackerman and East Webster.
This week the Indians and Wolverines square off in each team's first Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 game.
East Webster (5-1) travels to Ackerman (4-2) for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
"They're all important at this point," Ackerman head coach Adam Dillinger said. "To win, you just about have to go undefeated in (district). We feel like we have a really tough division. This week is when it starts counting."
The Wolverines have some momentum coming into district play. They are coming off a 28-0 win over St. Andrews and shut out Walnut the week before.
"We stressed how important being 5-1 is instead of 4-2," East Webster head coach Doug Wilson said. "Once division starts, this is a whole new season for us. When you start having to face coaches like Dillinger and (Junior) Graham, it's a grind."
The Indians were coming off two losses until they beat Caledonia 44-24 last week.
"We had a good week last week and it carried over," Dillinger said. "We had some guys step up last week and played a good game. Our kids are ready to play."
The matchup of the game may be East Webster's defense against Ackerman's offense.
"Ackerman is probably one of the biggest, strongest and fastest team we've played yet," Wilson said. "They're about as balanced of a team as we've seen. We have focused on not making mistakes because we know that they aren't going to make many. We are just going to have to play our best game to be competitive."
In other area matchups for week seven, West Oktibbeha travels to Sebastopol, Eupora takes its show to George and Hebron Christian hosts Kemper Academy. All games are set for 7:30 p.m. except for Hebron who will play at 7 p.m.
Sebastopol (2-3, 1-2)
at West Oktibbeha (4-1, 2-0)
The Timberwolves return home for homecoming after beating Weir 54-6.
"Homecoming always has a lot of distractions," West Oktibbeha head coach Adam Lowrey said. "It's always a lot of fun for the fans. My main concern is the game."
The Timberwolves have not missed a beat on either side of the ball this season. They have been very sound fundamentally.
"Everything always goes back to fundamentals," Lowrey said. "(It's about) executing on offense and defense, (and) doing your job. If they do their job, we'll be fine. I do have some playmakers and some kids that can play. Attitudes are good and kids are working really hard."
at J.Z. George (2-4)
The Eagles start their district season on the road in North Carrolton.
Eupora is coming off a 28-20 victory over Ripley on the road. In last season's matchup, the Eagles took a 52-0 win over George.
Kemper Academy (4-2)
at Hebron Christian (6-0)
The Eagles look to remain unbeaten when the Rams come to town.
"We are not there yet," Hebron coach David Foster said. "We still have to work and get better."
Hebron has not had much trouble this year, but this week may not be that easy.
Last season, the Rams took a 28-26 victory.
"They always have a good football team," Foster said. "They are well-coached and players always play hard. I am expecting a really good team to come in here and play us."