East Oktibbeha football coach Randy Brooks has been emphasizing the importance of tonight's game against West Lowndes to his team all week.
Not only will it be a game between neighboring schools, it also determines positioning in the Class A, Region 3, District 4 race.
The Titans (2-3, 1-1) travel to Lowndes county to take on the Panthers (2-2, 1-1) with kickoff between rivals set for 7:30 p.m.
"I have been telling the kids all week that this is a rivalry game," East Oktibbeha head coach Randy Brooks said. "I told them 'if they couldn't get fired up for this game this week, there is something seriously wrong with them.'"
There is familiarity between Brooks and West Lowndes head coach Anthony King.
"Coach King and I use to coach together," Brooks said. "He was the head coach over here for two years and I was the defensive coordinator, so I know quite a bit about West Lowndes."
In other area matchups for week six, West Oktibbeha travels to Weir, Ackerman host Caledonia, Eupora goes to Ripley, East Webster plays at St. Andrews and Hebron Christian plays Central Academy at home. All kickoffs are set for 7:30 p.m.
West Oktibbeha (3-1, 1-0)
at Weir (1-4, 0-2)
The Timberwolves play their second division game of the season and this time the opponent is the Lions.
The last time out, Tiberias Lampkin scored six rushing touchdowns in West Oktibbeha's 52-21 win over Nanih Waiya.
at Ackerman (3-2)
The Indians host a Class 4A opponent in the Caledonia Confederates.
Ackerman has lost its last two games and are looking to rebound.
at Ripley (3-2)
The Eagles travel to Ripley and are looking to get back to their winning ways.
Eupora lost its first game last week in a 27-6 loss to Calhoun City.
East Webster (4-1)
at St. Andrews (3-2)
This is East Webster's last tune up before division play starts next week at Ackerman.
Central Academy (0-5)
at Hebron Christian (5-0)
The Eagles look to remain perfect against Central Academy of Macon in eight-man football.