On a night where the Villa Rica High School football program is honoring the 1986 squad on the 30th anniversary of its Class AAA state championship season, there's another big 3-0 that the Wildcats are hopeful of celebrating when everything is said and done Friday.
And that would be a perfect start to Region 7-AAAAA play for Chad Frazier's ballclub through the first three games.
The fifth-year VR head coach is set to lead his ballclub into a region battle against Hiram in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Sam McIntyre Stadium seeking the best start in league play since 2009.
The Wildcats (3-1, 2-0 Region 7-AAAAA) are coming off back-to-back wins against East Paulding and Woodland, Cartersville, respectively, while the Hornets (2-2, 0-2) have dropped a pair of tough affairs, falling to Paulding County in overtime and losing a two-point decision to Cass last week.
So even though it's only the third region game, Hiram already has its back against the wall if it wants to be a serious playoff contender this fall.
"They have that wounded animal mentality. They're going to come out and fight with everything they've got," Frazier said. "We know the last three years, since I've been here, all three games have been around one score. So we know what we're going up against. They could easily be 4-0 right now.
"They're a quality ballclub. They've got some good players, including two big running backs that can go. We've got our work cut out for us."
When lining up against a team that's in a must-win scenario, Frazier said you've got to be ready for anything and everything.
"I'm sure they're not going to hold anything back. They're going to do everything they can to try to win this ballgame. The playbook's wide open, the bag of tricks is wide open. We've got to do our part to make sure we're prepared this week mentally and physically to be ready for anything," Frazier said.
The Wildcats have been up to the task in the first two region games, and Frazier said it all starts on Monday through Thursday by being competitive on the practice field.
"We compete at everything we do," Frazier said. "That's in our program philosophy is committing to compete in everything we do. We do the best we can with what we have. We build that into practice and we have some fierce competitions … So that's really what drives us to get better and we try to build everything around competition because our kids understand that's what makes you better."
Friday night's contest will broadcast live on B-92.1 FM.