One year ago the Pierce City Eagles opened the season with a 19-18 loss to Jasper. That loss put the sour taste of defeat in the mouth of the football team.
This year, the Eagles are seeking to return that favor and ruin Jasper's homecoming. "Our seniors haven't for got that loss," Eagles Head Coach Mac Whitehead said. "They remember how Jasper came here and beat us. Our boys felt they should have won the game last year. We will be ready when Friday gets here."
The Eagles opened up the offense last week at Greenfield with mixed results.
"Our hurry-up offense look good," Whitehead said. "We just put some balls on the ground that we should have caught. We have choices to make. With our spread offense, we can score very quickly. We can also line up and run with power."
Each week the Eagles have improved. The starting defense has yet to yield a point, and teams are averaging just 5.25 point against the Eagles. Pierce City's offense is scoring over 42 points per game.
On paper the Eagles should go to Jasper Friday and win handily; "should" being the operative word.
"There are no freebie wins," Whitehead said. "On any given Friday any school can win. We must be prepared.
"Offensively, we are going to spread the ball around,' Whitehead said. "We have several play makers and we are going to put them in positions where they can make plays. Defensively, we are going to stay in our basic smash mouth alignment. If it's not broke, don't fix it."
Kick off is slated for 7 p.m. Friday in Jasper.