Are you ready for some high school football?
Schools around the state will be playing in the annual fall jamborees, which helps the teams prepare for the regular season that kicks off next week.
The Pierce City Eagles will be hosting Ava and Mt. Vernon Friday for this year's event.
"I'm glad it's at home," first-year Head Coach Mac Whitehead said. "Being at home helps with our comfort level.
"We anticipate a large crowd," Whitehead added. "Our fans are some of the best in the area, and the support they give is second to none."
The Eagles are anxious to see a color other than green in front of them.
"We are ready to face someone in a different color jersey," Whitehead said. "The boys get tired of hitting each other, and they want to see how the stack up against bigger competition."
The team will get its wish Friday night.
The Eagles will be the numaricly smallest school competing with only 27 varsity players.
Each team will play a round-robin style format, running 18 offensive and defensive plays respectively.
Ava and Mt. Vernon will play first followed by Pierce City and Ava and then Pierce City and Mt. Vernon.
The Eagle have some questions that they hope to get answered during the jamboree.
"We still have a couple of question marks at the linebacker potions," Whitehead said. "Primarily on the offensive side of the ball, we want to keep it simple, running downhill at the defense and imposing our will.
"Defensively we want to see the line get off their blocks and see everyone fly to the ball," Whitehead said.
The Eagles will travel to Sarcoxie on Aug. 27 for its season opener.