A pair of ballclubs hungry to get over the hump and break into the win column are set to square off just in front of the Tennessee state line on Friday night.
The Haralson County High School football team will make the 100-mile road trip to the northwest corner of the state to take on Lakeview Ft. Oglethorpe in a 7:30 p.m. tussle at Tommy Cash Stadium, where something will have to give.
The Rebels (0-3) enter the Region 6-AAA Crossover clash trying to sniff out their first win of the 2016 campaign, but it's been an even longer drought for the Warriors (0-4), who come into the contest on a 19-game losing streak dating back to September of 2014.
Haralson County head coach Frank Vohun said it's a matter of coming out focused and grabbing the early momentum in the third-ever meeting between the two programs.
"It's going to be one of those games where somebody's going to come out ready to play and shine and the other team's going to be lost," Vohun said. "Hopefully, we're the one coming out ready to play."
The Rebels are trying to rebound from a homecoming setback to North Murray, while LFO dropped a road decision at Sonoraville last week. Neither game was particularly close on the scoreboard, but Vohun said his team is much better than the final results are showing right now.
He stressed that it's got to clean up some of the smaller issues to fix the larger problem of not getting the overall desired result at the end of the week.
"We're so close to being a totally different football team. We've got to quit making the mistakes and shooting ourselves in the foot," Vohun said.
As for Friday night's opponent, Vohun said the Warriors also have some talented players and they're suffering from some of the same problems as his ballclub.
"They've got a couple pretty good little athletes. They've got a couple of kids that can run a little bit and catch the ball a little bit. They haven't been as successful as they want to be because they make mistakes just like we do," Vohun said. "When they do that, it kills the drive and ends up being a turnover. But they've got a good little football team. They come after you pretty good."
With the Region 6-AAA South schedule just around the corner, the Rebels want to get that first win and hope it snowballs into bigger and better things down the road.
"Of course, success breeds success. So you get better and better. If you can get that first one, you seem to jump a little bit and make some strides that you didn't know you could make," Vohun said. "I think both teams are probably in that boat.
"I think it's going to be a good game between the two of us, unless we get a lot better overnight here. But our kids have worked hard. They're still enthusiastic about playing."