So who will be the first team to hoist the Mason-Dixon Matchup football trophy?
Will it be the James Buchanan Rockets or the Clear Spring (Md.) Blazers?
To find out you will have to travel to Clear Spring on Friday as the Blazers will play host to James Buchanan with a 7 p.m. kickoff scheduled.
“We hope it will build some excitement for both teams,” JB coach Stoner. “Our guys are talking they want to be the first ones to hold that trophy at the end of the game.”
Not only would it be nice for the Rockets to take home the trophy, but a win would also snap a 26-game losing streak.
“We feel good about our game plan,” Stoner said. “We have to play at our speed offensively and defensively. When our running backs see a hole we have gotta go and get through it. Defensively we have to be the aggressor and go full speed.”
The Rockets (0-4), who had a bye last week, will have a few new/old faces in the backfield. Sebastian Wise, last years starting quarterback, will get his first start after missing the first four games with a leg injury. The starting halfbacks will be Jae-Lin Carmack and Chandler White and Owen Stoner will start at fullback, filling in for the injured Cormac Houpt.
“We had a good week of practice,” Andy Stoner said. “The newer, younger players are doing a good job.”
Clear Spring (1-3) earned it’s first win last Saturday with a 40-2 win over Hancock, Md.
Running back Andrew Matthews led the Blazers with 165 yards and 3 touchdowns. and quarterback Cole Easterday threw for 98 yards. Clear Spring’s defense scored 2 touchdowns in the second quarter to open up 27-0 lead.
“Their running back is shifty,” Andy Stoner said. “The quarterback will keep the ball and run, but if he has time he will find receivers, which they have a couple good ones. Defensively they will play a 4-4 or 3-5. They like to crowd the line of scrimmage and bring pressure up the middle.”