The Mason-Dixon Cup is up for grabs again Friday night as the James Buchanan Rockets travel to Clear Spring (Md.) for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
JB (2-3) has won the first two clashes, including 41-14 last year.
The winner gets the coveted cup, but state line bragging rights can go a long way.
“Maybe the first year or even a little last year I don’t think the players care as much as they do this year,” JB coach David Miller said. “There’s a bunch of our kids and their kids that work together at Whitetail so winning this means a lot.”
The Blazers come into the game 0-3, including a 33-0 loss to Northern (Md.) last week. The other 2 losses are to Brunswick (50-21) and Colonel Richardson (30-7).
“They run a Wing-T so we need to get penetration from our d-line,” JB coach David Miller said. “We’ll also need fill the gaps. We also need to force their quarterback into bad decisions.”
The Rockets dropped their second straight game last week, 42-0 to Albert Gallatin and also lost starting quarterback Sebastian Wise to a concussion.
Junior Caden Stoner, the teams leading wide receiver (19 catches for 151 yards), will take over as the signal caller.
“It will be Caden’s first start at QB since his freshman year,” Miller said. “Caden is very familiar with all the plays and we’ve been getting him a lot of reps this week. We have to run the ball effectively.”