East Webster and Eupora could face off in a game of lawn darts and the intensity level would be through the charts. So the atmosphere should be electric tonight when the Wolverines and Eagles open Class 2A, Region 2 football play in Maben.
"I'd much rather play these kinds of games at home, for sure," said East Webster head coach Jimmy Carden. "But they're tough anywhere you play them. Here, we'll be a little more familiar with the field than the opponent, and maybe that's an added edge, but when you line up and play, it really doesn't matter where you are."
The Wolverines (6-0) enter tonight's game with plenty of momentum. East Webster has scored at least 32 points in every game this season. They've given up just 56 points all year long.
Since the calendar flipped to September, the Wolverines have been exceptionally tough, outscoring the opposition 174-15 the last four games.
Those kind of numbers indicate to Eupora head coach Junior Graham just how tough tonight's game will be.
"We've got to keep tonight in the right perspective," said Graham. "We're not going to keep all our eggs in this one basket because we're staring at five division games in front of us. No matter what happens tonight, somebody is going to lose. If you put all your eggs in this one basket, it would be hard to get back up."
Eupora (3-2) enters this game on the heels of a bye week. Graham says it was beneficial to his team to have a week off from game action after dropping a decision to Calhoun City on September 17.
"We took the week to get back to doing some of the basics," said Graham. "We emphasized fundamental stuff and that should really help come Friday because (East Webster) has a really good football team."
Tonight's game kicks off at 7 p.m.
Once it ends, one side of Webster County will have a football team sitting at 1-0 in the region. The other side will drop to 0-1. Each coach indicated that which team notches the win will come down to who makes the fewest miscues.
"If you don't make mistakes and do a good job, any team can have a chance at the end," said Carden. "If you turn it over and make mistakes against a team as good as Eupora, you don't have a chance."
West Oktibbeha (5-1) at Weir (3-2)
The Timberwolves travel to tradition-rich Weir for a key Class A, Region 3 showdown.
Both West Oktibbeha and the Lions are undefeated in region play coming in.
"We just want to keep heading in the right direction," said West Oktibbeha head coach Adam Lowrey. "We want to be more physical on defense, as well as keep our timing and rhythm going on offense. Weir's got a good team and we know they'll be ready for us."
Tonight's game is slated for a 7 p.m. start.
East Oktibbeha (0-6) at Thomastown (0-5)
Something will give tonight when a pair of Class A, Region 3 winless teams go head to head.
On paper, the Titans may be the favorite to record win number one tonight.
Through its five games, Thomastown has mustered just six points while surrendering 209.
If those numbers hold, East Oktibbeha quarterback Chris Hunter could lead the Titans offense to a huge night, and grant coach Randy Brooks his first win since taking over the team just weeks before the season began.
Kickoff for tonight is set for 7 p.m.
Ackerman (1-5) at J.Z. George (2-4)
Ackerman will look to rebound from last week's heartbreaking 21-18 loss to Choctaw Central against J.Z. George.
The Indians bring a five-game losing streak into tonight's game, the Class 2A, Region 2 opener for both schools.
The Jaguars have lost four of their last five, falling 57-18 to Calhoun City a week ago.
Ackerman won last year's meeting 23-0.
Tonight's game begins at 7 p.m.